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Pan con Bistec sandwich cut in half and stacked.

Pan con Bistec

Pan con Bistec is a Cuban-style steak sandwich. They can be found in cafeterias and restaurants all over Miami, and they’re delicious.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword cuban steak sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1027kcal


  • 1 lb. Large Top Round Beef Steaks 4 thinly sliced steaks
  • 1 tsp. Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp. Canola Oil oil that can withstand high heat
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Loaves Cuban Bread
  • 4 oz. Potato Sticks
  • 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise optional
  • 2 cups Lettuce chopped or shredded, optional
  • 2 Tomatoes sliced, optional
  • Butter optional


Prepare the steaks

  • Combine the salt, garlic powder, oregano, cumin and black pepper in a small bowl. Season the steaks on both sides with the seasoning mix.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a large (very large) skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, almost smoking, add as many steaks that will fit in the skillet without overcrowding.
  • Cook the steaks about 2-3 minutes  per side, until they’re golden brown and cooked through. Take the skillet off the heat, remove the steaks to a plate or pan and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining steaks. Note: It may be necessary to add another tablespoon of oil to cook the second batch of steaks.

Cook the onions

  • Do not wash the skillet, return it to medium-low heat and add the sliced onions. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes until they start to soften, stirring frequently. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

Build the pan con bistec

  • Cut the loaves of bread to make 4 large pieces. Then open each piece by slicing it in half lengthwise.
  • Add one steak and a quarter of the onions to the bottom half of the bread piece. Then add the mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato slices, if using. Add a generous amount of potato sticks and cover with the top piece.
  • Gently, press the pan con bistec for a few minutes until the bread is toasty and starting to flatten out. If desired, brush a little bit of butter on the bread top prior to pressing to get a pretty sheen.


Calories: 1027kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1768mg | Potassium: 1395mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 10.8mg