Photo by: Annabelle Breakey

Rib-eyes with Beer-Onion Relish

Based on the classic Belgian beef-and-beer stew called carbonnade. Prep and Cook Time: 55 minutes. Notes: Rib-eyes are hearty, so we suggest dividing 2 steaks among 4 people.

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/4-in. strips
  • 2 none medium onions, thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1 none clove garlic, minced
  • 2 none whole allspice berries, crushed
  • 1 none whole juniper berry, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 none (12-oz.) bottle medium-bodied ale (such as New Belgium's Fat Tire)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 none boneless beef rib-eye steaks (each about 3/4 lb.)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced flat-leaf parsley


1. Preheat oven to 400º. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until brown and crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 tbsp. grease.

2. Reduce heat to medium, add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, allspice, and juniper and cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle in flour and stir to combine. Add beer and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and onions are very tender, about 20 minutes.

3. Heat a medium ovenproof heavy-bottomed frying pan over high heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes total. Transfer pan to oven and cook about 5 minutes (for medium-rare). Stir parsley and bacon into onions and serve over steak.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 574none
  • Calories from fat: 66%
  • Protein: 34g
  • Fat: 42g
  • Saturated fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 735mg
  • Cholesterol: 123mg

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Rib-eyes with Beer-Onion Relish Recipe