Seared Steaks with Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

Seared Steaks with Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

19 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008

In our humble opinion, steak is best topped with sweet caramelized onions and salty Gorgonzola cheese. We recommend seeking out good-quality Gorgonzola for the best flavor, but any will work. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed carrots.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound beef tenderloin (filet mignon) or sirloin steak, 1-1¼ inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 steaks
  • ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese


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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and brown sugar and cook, stirring often, until the onions are very tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Add broth, vinegar and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the liquid has almost evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer the onions to a bowl; cover to keep warm. Clean and dry the pan.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper on both sides of each steak. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn them over and top with cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the steaks are cooked to desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare. Serve the steaks with the caramelized onions.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 steak
  • Per serving: 314 calories; 17 g fat(5 g sat); 1 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 32 mcg folate; 81 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 63 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 94 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 511 mg sodium; 552 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 5 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 19

June 19, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Great recipe but inaccurate Recipe states 15 minutes to carmelize onions. Carmelizing onions, unless the recipe author has some kind of magic trick, takes MUCH longer. When I make carmelized onions it takes at least 2 or 3 times as long. Pros: Excellent flavors Cons: Understated cooking times
March 08, 2015
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By: Kim O'Donnell Reif
The hubby & loved it. He told me it was a restaurant quality dinner.
May 14, 2013
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By: Bakerette87
Made this tonight using fillets. I'm allergic to bleu cheese and didn't have any feta, so I subbed in some crumbled goat cheese. I used a heavy bottom stainless steel skillet for cooking both onions and the steak. The onions were amazing and had just the right amount of sweetness to them. My husband doesn't normally like a lot of onion but he ate all that was on his plate. I did cheat a little with my steak. I used kosher salt and sprinkled it liberally on both sides of the steak. I got this tip from another blog about pan searing steaks. I got a beautiful crust on both sides and didn't have to add anything else to the steak. In fact, even without the onions, the steak tasted amazing! I'm so happy to have tried this recipe; I now have a go to recipe to make steak for one when my husband is deployed!
March 12, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
question how many oz pre cooking should each steak weigh?
December 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
My new favorite steak I usually like steak with very little done to it. If it's cooked perfectly, that's all I need! This preparation was so so so good though! I may never be able to eat plain steak again. Pros: true to cooking times, flavorful, fast, easy
October 14, 2012
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By: cindyhebert
Absolutely Delicious! This was SO delicious! One of the best things I have ever eaten! I never write reviews but felt I had to for this one!!! You will not be sorry if you make this!!! Enjoy!!!
August 23, 2012
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By: elmtcastle
Delicious! I used just regular steak, not fillets, from my dad's farm-raised cattle. Followed the recipe as it is written. My husband doesn't care for onions, but that's ok, I ate all the extras! The flavors of the onions in the sauce and the gorgonzola cheese are to die for! Like the others said, this is really restaurant quality! I will be making this recipe for years to come! Pros: easy
October 22, 2011
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By: shawneegirl
BETTER than ANY restaurant we've ever eaten in! I also made this for my husband and I last night. I omitted the brown sugar (I just simply forgot it!). My husband couldn't believe this was healthy! I paired this with bacon mashed potatoes (also from this site)...both of us felt like we were "cheating" on our diet! This dinner was way better than ANY steak place we've ever been to, and living in Los Angeles, we've been to all of the "best" ones! I used grass-fed, hormone & antibiotic-free fillets and cooked them to medium-rare...I topped the steaks with Maytag Blue cheese (that was organic from grass-fed cows) and put the onions on top of the cheese-topped fillets & mashed potatoes. An absolutely DEVINE dinner! We ended it with chocolate truffle cheesecake (from this site also) which is TO DIE FOR!! Excellent dinner!! Pros: Very rich-tasting, easy, healthy
January 22, 2011
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By: planninparties
Amazing restaurant quality dinner I made this recipe this week for my husband and I. We are working on eating healthier. This recipe tasted better than most steak dinners in a restaurant. My husband said I could make every night. It was outstanding. We paired it with mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus.
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