Baked Breaded Beef Steak

(Bistec Empanado al Horno)!

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Baked Breaded Beef Steak (Bistec Empanado al Horno) – beef steaks that are tendereized, marinated and breaded before frying or baking.   A simple and easy recipe for a tender, juicy and flavorful beef steak.  Traditionally, round steaks were sliced ¼-inch thick, tenderized, marinated, breaded, and then fried.  Today, we tend to use sirloin, which is a more tender cut of meat compared to round steak.   I also prefer to bake the breaded beef steaks instead of frying them for a much healthier dish.

To save on food preparation time, you can ask the butcher to slice and tenderize the meat for you.   Furthermore, some grocery stores package the beef steaks already sliced and tenderized.

Tenderizing the Slices of Sirloin Beef Steak!

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

This is 1 pound of top sirloin steaks, sliced ¼-inch thick, trimmed of excess fat and rinsed.  

NOTE:  One pound will yield approximately 6 slices of sirloin steak.

I always prefer to tenderize the beef steaks.  Place one slice of sirloin steak on top of wax paper.  With a meat mallet, pound each side.  This breaks up the muscle fibers to help soften and tenderize the meat.  Continue this process for the remaining steak slices.

Marinating the Slices of Sirloin Beef Steak!

In a bowl, add the marinating ingredients:  2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon lite salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and ½ teaspoon adobo without salt.   

NOTE:  Adobo without salt can be purchased online.

Using a whisk, stir all the ingredients until well blended.

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Pour the marinade over the steaks and coat them evenly.  Cover bowl with lid and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. 

NOTE:  This recipe will yield 6 slices of sirloin steak.

Preparing the Breadcrumbs for the Baked Breaded Beef Steaks!

Using a mini food processor, place as many crackers the prep bowl will hold and grind until the crackers are completely crumbled. 

NOTE:  One sleeve of crackers (saltine crackers with saltless tops) will bread at least 1 pound of beef steaks.

This is the consistency we want for the breading.  Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow pan.  Repeat this process. 

Selecting Another Option to Make Breadcrumbs!

If you do not have a mini food processor, then place the crackers inside a gallon plastic bag.

With a rolling pin, crumble the crackers.

We just finished crushing the crackers with a rolling pin.   Again, this is just another option to make breadcrumbs if you do not own a mini food processor.

Beating the Whole Eggs!

Place 4 large eggs in a bowl.

Using a fork, beat the eggs.

Breading the Sirloin Steaks!

The slices of sirloin steak have been marinating for 4 hours in the refrigerator so we can start breading them.  We have 3 shallow pans with bread crumbs, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs. 

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

First, coat one slice of steak with the bread crumbs.

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Secondly, dip into the beaten eggs. 

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Lastly, coat the steak again with bread crumbs.  This will create a thicker outer crust.  As each steak is breaded, place them on a plate. 

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Cover each plate with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to bind the breading.

Baking the Breaded Beef Steaks! 

Baked Breaded Beef Steak 

Preheat oven to 350°F.   Spray the bottom of baking pan, measuring 13 X 9 X 2 inches, with extra virgin olive oil.   

NOTE:  For this recipe, you will need several baking pans. 

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Remove breaded beef steaks from the refrigerator and placed them in baking pan.  Spray the breaded beef steaks on top with olive oil on both sides. 

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Bake in oven uncovered until steaks are golden brown on one side.  For this cooking demonstration, I just plan to bake one pan.

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

Once they are golden brown at the bottom (about 25 minutes of baking), turn them over to brown the other side.

Baked Breaded Beef Steak (Bistec Empanado al Horno)!

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

After a total of 50 minutes of baking, the breaded beef steaks have a golden-brown crust on both sides.


By breading the steaks twice, you can see how this creates a thicker outer crust.

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

This dish is usually served with white rice, stewed beans and tostones (double fried green plantains).  Enjoy a much healthier version of preparing Baked Breaded Beef Steaks.

Baked Breaded Beef Steak

The meat is definitely tender, juicy and with lots of flavor.  The golden-brown crust has a crispy texture. 

Click on the button below to watch my YouTube video on How to Prepare Baked Breaded Beef Steak (Bistec Empanado al Horno)!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts!

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Baked Breaded Beef Steak

  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


Beef sirloin steaks that are sliced, tenderized, marinated, double breaded and then baked for a juicy tender meat and crispy outer crust.



  •  1 pound sirloin steaks, sliced into ¼-inch thick, trimmed of excess fat and rinsed.  One pound will yield approximately 6 slices of sirloin steak.
  •  Breadcrumbs (Saltine Crackers with Saltless Tops) – crumbled with machine chopper or rolling pin
  •  4 large eggs, beaten
  •  Cooking spray made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Marinating Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lite salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon adobo without salt



  1.  Tenderize the slices of sirloin steak with a meat mallot and place in a bowl.
  2.   Combine and stir all the ingredients for marinade in a bowl.
  3.   Pour marinade over beef steaks and marinate for 4 hours or overnight.  Cover bowl with lid.
  4.   Place breadcrumbs, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs in 3 separate shallow pans.
  5.   Coat the slices of steak with breadcrumbs, then dip into beaten eggs and coat again with breadcrumbs.  As each steak is breaded, place them on several plates.
  6.   Cover plates with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to bind the breading.
  7.    Preheat oven 350°F.   Sray the bottom of a baking pans, measuring 13 X 9 X 2 inches, with extra virgin olive oil.   For this recipe, you will need two baking pans.
  8.   Remove breaded steaks from refrigerator and arrange in baking pans.  Spray both sides of breaded steaks with olive oil.
  9.   Bake in oven uncovered until steaks are golden brown on the bottom.
  10.   Once they are golden brown,  turn them over to brown the other side.  Continue baking.
  11.    Remove from baking pans when they are golden brown on both sides.


I baked each side for approximately 25 minutes.

  • Category: Meat
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Baked Breaded Beef Steaks, Bistec Empanado al Horno, Beef Steaks, Bistec

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