Pan-Seared Steaks with Balsamic Onions
Caramelized onions dress up a simple pan-seared steak, and they don't need to cook for a long, long time. Balsamic vinegar helps to brown the onions and enhances the flavor of a four-minute pan sauce.
Why This Recipe Works
While the chef in a steakhouse might spend hours caramelizing the onions for this recipe, we wanted a quick-cooking alternative. In our Pan-Seared Steaks with Balsamic Onions recipe, we used meaty strip steaks for an intensely beefy flavor. For the best sear, we cooked the steaks over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Turning to the onions, we skipped a long, slow sauté, and instead browned them quickly before simmering the onions in a balsamic vinegar and brown sugar mixture. Preparing the steaks and sauce in the same pan lent a deep meaty flavor to the sauce, and made this pan-seared steak dish even easier.