Biztec encebollado, or steak with onions is a quick and easy recipe. The thinly cut steak cooks quickly and pairs wonderfully with your favorite grain or salad.

Pan fried steak with onions. biztec encebollado.

Many of my Dominican-style recipes can be seasoned quickly with a home-made “season all.” Bija or ground annatto seeds will add natural coloring to dishes and help thicken meat  sauces.


Pan fried steak with onions (biztec encebollado)

Course Main
Cuisine Dominican
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 lbs. sandwich steak
  • 1 medium white or red onion
  • 4 big garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of bija ground annatto seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons of season all
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil


  1. Slice the onion horizontally (as if you were making onion rings - only thinner). Crush and chop the garlic - mash in pestle and mortar if available.
  2. On a big frying pan, add the oil and allow it to heat on medium high.
  3. Add the onions and garlic, stirring for one minute.
  4. Add the steaks and the ground annatto on top. Stir.
  5. Add half the salt and stir. Add the season all if you are using it.
  6. Cover for 5 minutes.
  7. Uncover and stir for another minute. Taste the steak and add the rest of the salt if needed.
  8. Add the pepper.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


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