The Perfect Toasted Steak Sandwich: A Flavorful Delight!

Imagine sinking your teeth into a tender, juicy, and flavorful sandwich that will leave you craving for more. Introducing the Toasted Steak Sandwich, a delightful creation that combines the goodness of steak, cheddar, pickled onions, and a hint of horseradish sauce, all nestled between a perfectly toasted bun. It’s a sandwich that’s sure to satisfy your cravings any time of the day.

Inspired by the popular Toasted Steak and White Cheddar Sandwich from Panera Bread, this homemade version takes the experience to a whole new level. With the addition of Quick Pickled Red Onions and your choice of thinly cut-up Ribeye Steak, you can recreate this mouthwatering sandwich in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Toasted Steak Sandwich

Let’s dive into the story behind this culinary masterpiece. Living within walking distance of Panera Bread, it was only a matter of time before I discovered some truly delightful items on their menu. On those days when I crave something easy and delicious, their Toasted Steak and White Cheddar Sandwich has become my go-to choice.

This sandwich is a perfect balance of flavors, with the hearty combination of steak and white cheddar cheese, complemented by the tanginess of pickled red onions and a dollop of horseradish sauce. It’s simple yet incredibly satisfying. It’s no wonder I was inspired to recreate this sandwich at home.

To start, we need to prepare some Quick Pickled Red Onions. Lucky for us, the recipe is already available on the blog, and these onions are a fantastic addition to many dishes, including this steak sandwich. Once you have the pickled onions ready, the rest of the sandwich comes together effortlessly.

Ingredient Notes


Let’s talk about the key ingredients that make this sandwich so extraordinary:

  1. Steak: I recommend using ribeye steak, as it’s tender and can be thinly sliced for faster cooking and easy stacking on bread. You can find pre-packaged thinly sliced ribeye steak at your local grocery store. Alternatively, you can purchase a full cut and slice it yourself.

  2. Bread: For this recipe, I prefer using ciabatta bread, but hoagie rolls work just as well.

  3. Pickled red onions: These add a burst of amazing flavor to the sandwich and are incredibly easy to make. If you haven’t tried making them before, I highly recommend giving it a shot. The recipe for Quick Pickled Red Onions is available on the blog.

  4. White cheddar: Opt for slices of white cheddar cheese, as they provide a mild yet rich and delicious flavor.

  5. Horseradish sauce: You can find pre-made horseradish sauce in the condiments aisle at the grocery store. Choose one that suits your preference.

For the exact quantities of each ingredient, refer to the recipe card below.


Let’s get cooking!

  1. Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add oil to the hot pan, followed by the steak. Sprinkle with salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Cook and stir occasionally until the steak is browned to perfection.

Cooking the steak

  1. Once the steak is cooked, use a spatula to divide it into equal portions for each sandwich (approximately 4 servings). Top each portion with slices of white cheddar cheese and turn off the heat. The residual heat will melt the cheese beautifully.
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Cooked steak topped with white cheddar cheese

  1. Lightly toast the bread and spread horseradish sauce on the inside. Place a portion of the steak and cheese mixture on one slice of bread, followed by a generous amount of pickled onions. Top it off with the other slice of toasted bread.

Delicious steak sandwich

  1. Serve your Toasted Steak Sandwich alongside your favorite chips or a refreshing salad, and relish in the delightful flavors with every bite.

Tips for a Perfect Sandwich

  • Prepare the quick pickled red onions in advance or the day before. They become softer and more flavorful as they marinate. Use as much or as little as you prefer.

  • If you’re not a fan of horseradish sauce, feel free to substitute it with mayonnaise.

  • Ciabatta bread or individual portions of hoagie rolls work exceptionally well for this recipe. Toast them for a few minutes to achieve a crispy texture without making them too hard.

  • This recipe yields about 3 to 4 hearty sandwiches, but you can adjust the portions based on your preference for steak.

  • If you prefer butter over olive oil, you can use it in the same quantity.

More Delicious Steak Recipes

  • Ribeye Steak

  • Cast Iron Flank Steak

  • Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak

  • Beef and Snow Peas

Do you have any comments, questions, or other mouthwatering ideas related to this Toasted Steak Sandwich? Please share them in the comments below!

Remember, the secret to a truly amazing sandwich lies in the careful combination of flavors, textures, and a little bit of love. Get ready to savor each bite of this scrumptious Toasted Steak Sandwich that will leave you craving for more!

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