Pan con Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Steak Sandwich)

Pan con Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Steak Sandwich)
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Making a good Pan con Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Steak Sandwich) is really easy if you pick a good cut of meat, tenderize it, marinate it, bread it with good ingredients and lightly fry them with care. Serve it on some fresh Cuban Bread, with fried onions & Mayo and you will be in heaven. YUM!!
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Cuban
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 - 1½ lb Palomilla Steak (Top Beef Loin Sirloin) or similar cut, sliced thin & tenderized
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Goya Adobo Seasoning
  • Lemon Juice
Egg wash
  • 2 eggs
  • Splash of Milk
Breading & oil for frying
Sauteed Onions
  • 1 Onion, sliced thin
  • Cuban Bread
  • 1-2 tbs Butter
Prep steak
  1. Place each steak on cutting board, cover with plastic and tenderize with meat tenderizer.
  2. Season both sides of each steak with salt, pepper, Adobo seasoning and a few splashes of lemon juice.
  3. Spread juice & seasoning all over with backside of a spoon.
  4. Let steaks marinate a few minutes.
Cut onions
  1. Slice onion into thin slices and set aside.
Prep breading station
  1. In a bowl, add eggs, splash of milk, salt & pepper.
  2. Beat egg mixture till smooth.
  3. On a large plate or bowl, add the bread crumbs.
  4. You will need one more large plate to lay steaks once you have breaded them.
  5. Place plates in the following order - marinated steaks, egg wash, bread crumbs, and finished plate (empty one).
Bread steaks
  1. Dip one steak at a time into the egg wash and make sure to totally cover all areas of steak.
  2. Then put the steak in your bread crumbs and bread both sides evenly.
  3. Place steaks on a plate ready to be fried.
Fry onions
  1. In a large frying pan (or deep fryer), pour in enough oil to cover steaks and heat on medium heat.
  2. When oil is hot, add onions in the hot oil and fry till tender.
  3. Remove onions from oil and set aside.
Fry steaks
  1. Add one steak at a time and cook till golden brown, usually 2 - 3 minutes per side.
  2. Flip and cook other side till golden brown.
  3. When done, remove steak from frying pan and place on plate with paper towels to soak up excess oil.
  4. Continue frying the other steaks till done with all.
Sandwich assembly
  1. Cut Cuban bread to desired length and slice in half.
  2. On bottom half, place your steak.
  3. Add onion on top of steak.
  4. Add mayonnaise generously to the top slice of bread and place it on the sandwich.
  1. Lightly butter both top and bottom of sandwich. Heat sandwich in press until crisp.
  2. Cut diagonally from corner to corner.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy!
You can get these steaks sliced already by your butcher (easiest way) or you can buy a large piece of meat and slice it yourself (cheapest way).

Recommendation: Tenderize all your steaks before breading.
You can use a tougher cut of meat as long as you tenderize it before breading.

This recipe was created using Top Sirloin which we sliced and tenderized. Steaks came out really tender and tasty.

Inspired by all the Breaded Steak Sandwiches I have eaten in my neighborhood throughout the years.


More Pan con Bistec Empanizado (Breaded Steak Sandwich) Pics

Palomilla steak tenderized and marinating

Steak ready to be breaded

Breaded steak ready to be fried

Fry onions till golden brown

Set onions aside

Fry steak to a golden brown on both sides

Remove from oil and lay steak on paper towels

Place breaded steak and onions on Cuban bread

Buttered and ready to be pressed

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