Eat more – steak sandwiches

With the news last week that the government and food organisations want us to eat more steak, I thought I would share one of my favourite steak recipes of all time. Especially in sunny times. It’s a steak sandwich.

This steak sandwich recipe is great as it is but also has huge potential for making it your own.

Sandwiches are a very personal subject. We all like something a little different and sometimes a little weird, crisps and jam anyone? But the vast majority of Brits love a good sandwich. Not only is it flexible and filling, it is portable too.

Now the sun is out and we can enjoy our gardens a little more even if we cannot enjoy Blackpool beach, now is a great time to learn a new sandwich.

Steak sandwich recipe

This steak sandwich recipe uses skirt steak but could work with most common steak types. As long as you cook it to your preferred level and let it rest before slicing, you should be fine.


  • 400g skirt steak
  • 2 red onions
  • 25g butter
  • olive oil
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 125ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 ciabatta
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • English mustard


  1. Allow the steak to reach room temperature and tenderise with a meat hammer or rolling pin.
  2. Peel and slice the red onions. Put the butter and sugar in a pan and allow to melt over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook for five minutes. Add the vinegar, mix and reduce to low heat. Cover and cook for around 30 minutes.
  3. Warm the ciabatta in the oven until warmed through.
  4. Season the steak with salt and pepper and cook over a high heat. Drizzle the olive oil over the steak during cooking. A 400g skirt steak should require around 3-4 minutes each side for medium. Other cuts may vary.
  5. Allow the steak to rest but don’t clean the pan yet.
  6. Cut the ciabatta lengthways and rub the inside in the pan over the cooking juices from the steak. Add mustard, the onions and the steak. Cut in half and serve with sides of your choice.

As you can see, there is huge scope for playing around with this recipe. You could add all kinds of alternatives to mustard, slice some chillies and fry, use shallots instead of red onions, add a little red wine with the onions, make your own ketchup, slice tomatoes and add to the sandwich, use different bread or something else entirely.

This steak sandwich recipe is one of my all-time favourites but also provides scope for you to tweak it to your personal taste.

What will you eat with yours?

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