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Steak pizzaiola on a white platter with a serving spoon ready to eat

Steak Pizzaiola Recipe

Steak Pizzaiola is a delicious steak dinner recipe your family will love! Made with tender steak and a tasty tomato sauce, this is an easy dinner you'll want to make over and over again.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword carne pizzaiola, pizzaiola recipe, steak pizzaiola recipe, steak recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 758kcal
Author Isabel Laessig


  • Large skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Meat tenderizer


  • 4 steaks we used eye round steaks
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil divided to cook steak in batches
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce (two 8 oz. cans)
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese optional


How to Tenderize Steak

  • If using a thick steak (such as eye round steaks), begin by slicing the steak in half. Do this by pressing down on the top of the steak with the palm of your hand, then carefully cutting the steak in half horizontally with the knife in your opposite hand. Do not cut all of the way through! Stop to butterfly, or fold out, the steak.
    Cutting a steak in half
  • Lay the steak flat and pound it thin with a meat tenderizer. If you don’t have a meat tenderizer, you can also place it under plastic wrap and roll it flat with a rolling pin. Do this on both sides.
    Tenderized steak for steak pizzaiola
  • Cut away the silver skin by gently running the knife under it and cutting it carefully away from the steak. Tenderize again as necessary until your steak is nice and flat without being too thin.
    Cutting the silver skin away from a tenderized steak

How to Make Steak Pizzaiola

  • Generously season tenderized steaks with ¼ tsp. each salt and pepper on both sides.
    Seasoned tenderized steak on a cutting board
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the steak and sear until browned, approximately 3 minutes on each side. Then, set the steak aside on a plate.
    Browned steaks in a skillet for steak pizzaiola
  • In the same skillet, add more oil, then add 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1 sliced onion, and 2 sliced bell peppers. Cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
    Bell peppers, onions, and garlic cooking in oil in a skillet
  • Add 16 oz. tomato sauce, 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, and ¾ cup water. Stir well.
    Adding seasoning to steak pizzaiola sauce
  • Bring to a simmer, then add your steaks back into the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes on each side.
    Simmering steaks in steak pizzaiola sauce in a skillet
  • Transfer steaks to a cutting board. Let them rest for 5 minutes. In the meantime, allow your sauce to continue simmering until it starts to thicken.
    Steak pizzaiola sauce in the skillet
  • Thinly slice your steak against the grain. Top with pizzaiola sauce, plus parsley and cheese if using. Enjoy!
    Close up of steak pizzaiola in the skillet topped with cheese



  • For the best results, always slice your steak against the grain.
  • Store for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 758kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1142mg | Potassium: 1255mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3354IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 7mg