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Quick And Easy Steak Dinner

Updated on March 26, 2013
Easy homemade baked steak with garlic bread.
Easy homemade baked steak with garlic bread. | Source
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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 2 steaks

Sometimes, it is never very easy to make a simple dinner / meal decision. Not in the, “I wonder what I want more for dinner: chicken or fish?”, but in the, “Is it my turn for Sunday lunch or their turn? I better get something just in case”, way.

Not that long ago, I had that type of dilemma and wound up with a bunch of small steaks in the freezer. It didn’t hurt that they were a “5 for 5” deal at the store, (which is good for a large group of dinner guests); but it was not our turn for food that weekend, and we ended up having Mexician food that Sunday.

So, instead of freezing all the steaks, I keep two of them out (in the refrigerator) so I could make dinner the following evening.

Now, this is the kind of recipe that can have many, many different variations. I tend to use whatever is in the fridge when I make these kinds of simple meals. The whole idea of a stress and fuss-free meal means you don’t rush out to the store to pick up some extra, needed ingredients; you just use what you have.

With my steaks, I like salsa to spice up the meat. A lot of people are used to having barbeque sauce on their steaks but not me. It’s not that I hate the barbeque sauce, but I grew up loving everything barbeque (chips, peanuts, even dipping chicken nuggets in barbeque sauce), and I kind of had my fill up it. (Plus, the barbeque sauce tends just run off of the steaks when you bake them.)

I also add onions and diced tomatoes (we had left over ingredients from the homemade burritos), but I also like to add carrots, garlic and celery, but I didn’t have any at the time. You can add or subtract any of these ingredients with your own personal favorites.

This meal is quick, simple and basic, but it makes a great dinner with a full flavor and will only take about an hour to make from start to finish.

Needed ingredients for an easy baked steak dinner.
Needed ingredients for an easy baked steak dinner. | Source


-Two steaks (6 to 8 ounces is good)

-1 diced yellow onion (or one (1) cup of diced onion)

-1 seeded and dice tomato (or one (1) cup of diced tomato)

-1 cup (8 ounces) of salsa (your personal is best)

-Salt, to taste (a teaspoon is fine)

-Fresh cracked Black Pepper, taste (1/2 tablespoon is good—less if you wish)

-Crushed Red Pepper flake (1/4 teaspoon is a descent amount; a little goes a long way)

-2 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil

-A medium sized baking / casserole dish

Steaks ready for the oven.
Steaks ready for the oven. | Source


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease the baking dish with the olive or vegetable oil.
  3. Place the steak in the baking dish
  4. Sprinkle the steaks with half of the salt, the pepper and the red pepper flakes that you chose to use (the other half goes on the top, right before baking).
  5. Evenly spread the diced onions or the steaks.
  6. Evenly spread the seeded and diced tomatoes or the steaks.
  7. Top everything, evenly with one cup of salsa.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the salt, black pepper and red pepper flake over the top of the steaks.
  9. Bake the steaks for 45 minutes, uncovered.
  10. When time is up, remove the steaks from the oven and allow them to rest for about 10 minutes before serving with garlic bread.


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    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 4 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading!

    • vibesites profile image

      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Nice one... perfect for busy people like me who still want to have a good home-cooked dinner. Thanks for sharing, I might follow your recipe. Voted up and useful.