Coke Steak Recipe

Coke.  It’s the REAL thing. I don’t know what it is about the coke, but it makes this recipe great. We enjoy beef on the table, but beef prices have gotten quite high. I’m still able to manage a package of round steak now and again, though. Round steak is not a tender cut, and cooking it right makes all the difference. This is a great way to prepare it.

The steak cooks up juicy and tender, and the sauce is slightly sweet and yet savory, as well. The entire dish cooks in just one skillet on top of the stove, always a plus for me. Simple ingredients, simple preparation. The sauce thickens as it cooks, but if you’d like to make it more like a true gravy, simply whisk a bit of flour into some water and then stir it into the sauce on the stove after you remove the steak.

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Coke Steak

1 beef round steak (1 1/2 – 2 lbs. or so)
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup chopped onion
1 – 2 cloves minced garlic
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup ketchup
12 oz. bottle or can of Coca Cola (accept NO substitutes!)
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Using your favorite weapon of mass destructionpound the daylights of out of your round steak.



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 I usually pound mine thoroughly on both sides, twice.



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   Salt and pepper to taste.  Lawry’s seasoned salt is going to give you a really nice blend of salt and other spices.  There’s no MSG in this stuff, so no worries there.  I like using fresh ground pepper, too.  Don’t be sparing with the seasonings. Go ahead and be a bit heavy handed with them.


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   Dredge both sides of the steak in flour.  I usually turn mine several times as I dredge it in the flour.


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Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  I love cast iron for dishes like this.  When the oil is hot add the chopped onion and minced garlic.  Stir it around for a minute or two, and then add the floured steak.



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   Brown the steak on both sides.  You might have to push the onions to one side in order to do this.  Don’t worry if some of the onion and garlic bits get brown.  Be sure to use tongs to turn the steak.  You’re browning, or searing, the steak to help hold in the juices. Poking it with a fork will allow those juices to escape.



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 Add the ketchup and the coke.  Watch it bubble up like crazy!



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You have to use Coke.  I don’t know why.  I’ve tried it with Pepsi and it was okay, but it’s better with Coke.  Whatever you do, do NOT use diet soda.


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Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the meat is done and tender.  A 1 1/2 lb. round steak will need to cook about 45 minutes (it will be just slightly pink still in the very middle).   

Remove the steak to a cutting board and let stand for a few minutes.  In the meantime, use your cooking spoon and scrape up all the yummy stuff that’s stuck to the bottom of the skillet.  You might even turn up the heat a bit.  The sauce will thicken just a bit more as you do this, and all that yummy glazed stuff from the bottom of the pan will be worked into the sauce.

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Slice the steak into 1/4″ thick slices.



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Pour a bit of the sauce over the sliced steak when serving. I like to serve the Coke Steak with a simple green salad and a side of fried potatoes.



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