Easy Philly Cheese Steak Recipe 

By Rena |

This easy, traditional Philly cheese steak recipe is truly the best and so cheesy. Made with tender skirt steak, bell pepper, veggies, and topped with mozzarella, this mouthwatering cheesesteak is delicious and full of savory flavors. Perfect for serving in a sandwich!

skillet with philly cheese steak with melted cheese and veggies

Philly cheese steak is a savory and mouthwatering dish that is packed with flavor from mushrooms, onion, garlic, and more. Top this Philly cheesesteak recipe with mozzarella cheese to elevate this dish into cheesy goodness. We love to sprinkle a little cilantro on top to really brighten the recipe.

This easy steak recipe is perfect for those nights when you want to spend less than 30 minutes on dinner. Plus the whole family will love this traditional Philly cheese steak! Steak and cheese create the best combination especially served atop toasted sandwich rolls.

Serve this recipe for fun birthday dinners or just an easy meal at home. There is always an excuse to make Philly cheese steak! The leftovers are even better, too.

close view of Philly cheese steak recipe in pan with melted mozzarella

Why This Traditional Philly Cheese Steak Recipe is the Best

  • Quick and easy: In minutes you will love delicious Philly cheesesteak ready to be eaten and enjoyed. All you need is one pan for this simple stovetop skillet recipe.
  • Delicious and packed with flavor: The tender steak is seasoned to perfection and paired with sautéed veggies making it super delicious and filled with tasty flavors. The cilantro and cheese really tie this recipe together.
  • Versatile: Don’t want to use steak? You can easily substitute thinly sliced chicken for the steak if you’re looking for a different option.
  • Family-friendly: All ages can enjoy this cheesesteak recipe. The ingredients are simple but so satisfying–even for kids.

Ingredients you will need

See how easy the ingredients list is for this recipe? You can find these items at most grocery stores near you. You can also shop online for groceries, too.

ingredients to make philly cheese steak on a flat surface

Skirt steak: One and a half pounds of skirt steak is thinly sliced so the steak can cook quickly and easily. You can find skirt steak in the beef sections at local markets.
Salt and pepper: Salt and pepper go a long way for this recipe. The salt tenderizes the beef and makes it extra tender and delicious.
Olive oil: Fragrant olive oil is used to cook everything in the skillet and helps prevent things from sticking. Definitely a must!
Garlic: Chopped garlic cloves are used for their aromatic rich flavors and are mended with the steak for a savory experience.
Mushrooms: Quartered mushrooms are used for extra flavor and texture and complete this easy Philly cheese steak recipe.
Bell pepper: Any colored bell pepper will work for this recipe. There are so many options for a colorful dish–green, orange, red, and yellow.
Onion: One white onion is thinly sliced and used to flavor all of the ingredients until they are rich and fragrant. So good.
Mozzarella cheese: Shredded mozzarella is served atop the cheesesteak and becomes gooey bubbling perfection. Cheesy and delicious. You can also use American cheese or provolone.
Cilantro: Freshly chopped cilantro garnishes the Philly cheese steak and makes the flavors stand out even more. Be sure to wash the cilantro prior to using.

How to Make Philly Cheesesteaks in your skillet

This recipe is so easy; you’ll love it. Just cook everything in the skillet and serve immediately for the best flavors. Let’s get started on this super easy recipe. You will want more with each bite.

chopped bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms

First, season the strips of steak with salt and pepper. Be sure to coat the entire surface of the meat.

Next, heat one tablespoon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Make sure the oil gets hot enough or the steak will not sizzle as it should.

skirt steak cooking in skillet with oil

Add the steak to the pan in a single layer, then cook it until it starts to brown on all sides.

Next, add the remaining oil in addition to the chopped garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion. Cook while stirring for about two to three minutes until the veggies have become soft.

close up of cheesesteak in skillet with melted mozzarella and cilantro with bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms

Reduce the stovetop heat to low, then sprinkle the steak with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Place the lid on the pan and allow the cheese to melt for a couple of minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat, then garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve hot!

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Be sure to cook the steak until done but do not overcook it. If you prefer your steak cooked medium to medium-rare only cook slightly.
  • Any kind of neutral cooking oil will work for this recipe.
  • Experiment with other veggies such as squash, different types of peppers, etc.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • You may add some heat by adding sliced chili peppers or jalapenos.
philly cheese steak recipe in skillet with veggies and melted cheese

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Philly Cheesesteak

What is the secret to a Philly cheesesteak?

The number one secret to the best Philly cheesesteak is to use garlic while cooking. This recipe uses garlic for the best, traditional cheesesteak flavors.

What is the best cheese to use for Philly cheesesteak?

We like to use different cheeses including shredded mozzarella, provolone, or even white American.

What cut of meat is best for Philly cheesesteak?

We like to use skirt steak because it is more cost-effective and accessible. You can also use ribeye or top sirloin cuts.

Does Philly cheesesteak have sauce?

This recipe does not have sauce but instead uses melted mozzarella cheese for the cheesy goodness.

What Goes With Philly Cheesesteak

close up of cheesesteak in skillet with melted mozzarella and cilantro with bell peppers, onion, and mushrooms

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one skillet filled with philly cheese steak and melted cheese with veggies

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Philly cheese steak in pan with bell peppers, cheese, mushrooms, and cilantro

Easy Philly Cheese Steak Recipe (The Best)

This easy, traditional Philly cheese steak recipe is truly the best and so cheesy. Made with tender skirt steak, bell pepper, veggies, and topped with mozzarella, this mouthwatering cheesesteak is delicious and full of savory flavors. Perfect for serving in a sandwich!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Kosher
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 524kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds skirt steak thinly sliced
  • Kosher sea salt to taste
  • Kosher black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ pound mushrooms quartered
  • 1 bell pepper any color; thinly sliced
  • 1 large white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the steak to a single layer and cook until it starts to brown.
  • Add in the remaining oil, and the chopped veggies. Cook, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to a low and sprinkle with the cheese.
  • Place the lid on and allow the cheese to melt for a couple of minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Notes

  • Be sure to cook the steak until done but do not overcook it.
  • Any kind of neutral cooking oil will work for this recipe.
  • Experiment with other veggies such as squash, different types of peppers, etc.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1338IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 4mg
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