Steak with Bourbon Caramelized Onions

Someone once asked me what my favorite kitchen smell is. Well, while many may hesitate at this question, I did not. Unequivocally, without a doubt, 100% my favorite kitchen smell ever is caramelized onions. I don’t know about you but just the thought of the melting butter and the onions makes my mouth instantly start watering. But if take that same thought and add the sweet aroma of bourbon well then my friends, you have one of the best additions to a steak ever.

You can really pick any cut of steak that you want with this recipe, but you want it to be a good, flavorful, tender cut. For us, I chose a NY Strip as they happened to be reasonably priced at my grocery store. The trick is to pick whatever cut is your favorite and season it simply. You want the flavor of the meat but you also want to get the sweet flavor of the bourbon onions in each and every bite.

Steak with Bourbon Caramelized Onions Recipe

Serves 2 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 NY strip steaks
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper



Melt butter and 1 teaspoon of olive oil together in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until browned in color. Stirring occasionally. About 15 minutes. Stir in bourbon. Cook 3 more minutes. Reduce heat to low set aside.


Season steaks liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in olive oil. Cook steaks 3 - 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.


Transfer to a serving platter, top with bourbon onions. Serve hot.



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    Samantha Valle
    February 23, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Mmmmmmmmm the delicious smell of onions. *Licking lips* My husband just passed his Sgt promotion board today. I think this will be a perfect celebration dinner. :) Yummy!!!!

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    July 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I love the smell of caramelized onions too,thanks for sharing

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    April 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm


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    April 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Oh wow, those bourbon onions look fantastic. And great picture… I love the steam rising up in the background!


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    April 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Oh goodness, I think I just found my Mother’s Day dinner menu!

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    April 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Its good to hear that I’m not the only one that loves the smell of cooking onions. Although Jenn may be on to something with the bacon. Better yet, bacon AND onions. mmmm :)

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    April 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I love the smell of caramelized onions too…but it takes second to good old bacon! The steak looks fabulous!

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    April 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Definitely carmelized onions cooking is a fantastic smell… makes the mouth water just thinking about it!

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    April 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Yum! As always, your pictures and food look amazing! I agree with the delicious smell of onions. I believe a good steak doesn’t need a lot of seasonings to taste great, and this looks wonderful!

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