Old Fashioned Braised Steak and Caramelized Onions

Braised steak and onions—a classic British dish that never fails to impress. There’s something magical about tender beef and caramelized onions swimming in a rich, flavorful gravy. And when Worcestershire sauce and Marmite come into play, the aroma that fills your kitchen is simply heavenly!

Slowly Cooked Steak in Onion Gravy

I have a soft spot for old-fashioned recipes, and this braised steak with caramelized onions definitely fits the bill. Slowly cooking a tough cut of meat in stock or gravy is a timeless technique that always yields tender results. It’s a method I rely on for dishes like minted lamb shanks, beer-braised beef cheeks, and even my old-fashioned British oxtail soup.

In this recipe, we take our time to caramelize the onions to perfection. It may take a bit longer, but trust me, it’s worth the effort. The natural sweetness of the onions is beautifully balanced by Worcestershire sauce and a touch of Marmite, adding a deep umami flavor to the dish. Just let it all cook for a couple of hours while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the intoxicating aroma.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is braising steak?

Braising steak is a versatile term that encompasses various cuts of beef ideal for long, slow cooking. It can be anything from leg to chuck, flank to skirt—cuts that benefit from the gentle heat and extended cooking time.

Can I omit Marmite?

Certainly! While Marmite may not be everyone’s cup of tea when spread on toast, it works wonders in gravies and sauces. In this recipe, it adds a deep umami flavor that complements the Worcestershire sauce beautifully. Even if you’re not a fan, I encourage you to give it a try. You can always adjust the amount, and any leftovers can be used to elevate other recipes like savory mince beef, mince and dumplings, or sausage and mash pie.

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Can I use a slow cooker?

While you can certainly use a slow cooker, I personally prefer using a pan for this recipe. The onions truly benefit from that extra hour or so of caramelization. However, if you prefer the convenience of a slow cooker, you can deglaze the pan and transfer the onions and stock to it. Sear the beef, then cook it on low for 5-6 hours. A smaller slow cooker (3-4 liters) works best for this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Braised steak and onions are a match made in culinary heaven with mashed potatoes. However, if you’re looking to switch things up, consider serving it with swede and carrot mash or celeriac mash. Crispy spuds, such as fried potatoes, straw potatoes, or even air fryer chips, also pair wonderfully with this dish. Don’t forget to add some greens to your plate—a simple side of garden peas or buttered cabbage works wonders. For an extra touch of elegance, roasted tenderstem broccoli or green beans amandine are excellent choices. And of course, don’t forget a slice of bread to soak up every last bit of that luscious gravy!

Equipment Used

While specific brands of equipment don’t typically make a significant difference, I’m happy to answer any questions you have in the comments section below the recipe. Here are the essential tools you’ll need:

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven.
  • 24cm or 10″ heavy-based saucepan with a lid.
  • 30cm or 12″ frying pan.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Chopping board.
  • Stirring and serving spoons or kitchen tongs.
  • Weighing scales and/or measuring jug, cups, and spoons.

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