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Two Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches on a round black plate.

Philly Cheese Steak Recipe

Ever heard of a sandwich so popular, that it’s become an ingredient all by itself?  That’s right: the Philly Cheese Steak can also be pizza topping, a potato chip, and even a soup. But let’s explore the real deal, the famous sandwich that is loved (and debated) far and wide by everyone who bites into it.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 584kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak tips trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 thin slices (8 ounces) deli provolone cheese halved
  • 4 (6-inch) sub rolls partially split lengthwise
  • Roasted red peppers for serving, optional


  • Slice beef with the grain into 1-inch pieces. Arrange in a single layer between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper and pound until paper thin.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 teaspoons oil until shimmering. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to small bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons to the same skillet and heat over high heat until smoking. Add half of beef to skillet (slices may overlap), season with salt and pepper, and cook until meat is browned, about 1 minute per side. 
  • Remove from heat and layer 8 pieces of provolone over beef. Using spatula, pick up half of beef-provolone mixture. Cover skillet until provolone is melted, about 1 minute.
  • Divide beef-provolone mixture evenly between 2 rolls, evenly distribute half of the onions over sandwiches, and pour any accumulated juices from skillet onto meat. Wrap each sandwich tightly in aluminum foil and set aside. 
  • Repeat with remaining 2 teaspoons oil, remaining half of beef, remaining 8 pieces of provolone, remaining 2 rolls, and remaining half of onions. Wrap each sandwich tightly in foul and let sit for about 1 minute. Serve with roasted red peppers if desired.



To substitute Cheez Whiz: Omit adding cheese with beef in Step 2. In a small microwave safe bowl, microwave 3/4 cup Cheez Whiz until warmed through, and spoon over assembled sandwiches. 
Adapted from Cook's Country.


Calories: 584kcal