Turkish Cheesesteak


Turkish Cheesesteak

Istanbul Cheesesteak

This Turkish twist on the classic American cheesesteak is a delicious fusion of cultures. The tender beef, melted cheese, and caramelized onions are served on a traditional Turkish bread, simit, and seasoned with a blend of Turkish spices.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

20 minutes

40 minutes

4 servings


High protein, Low carb, Gluten-free, Keto-friendly, Halal

Wheat (in simit bread), Dairy (in beyaz peynir cheese)

Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Kosher, Low-fat


This recipe replaces the traditional hoagie roll with simit, a sesame-covered bread commonly found in Turkish cuisine. The beef is seasoned with a blend of Turkish spices, including cumin and sumac, and the cheese used is Turkish beyaz peynir. We alse have the original recipe for Cheesesteak, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 550 kcal / 2300 KJ
  • Fat: 35g (16g saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 25g (5g sugars)
  • Protein: 38g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. 2.
    Add the sliced onions and peppers and cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  3. 3.
    Add the sliced beef to the skillet and season with cumin, sumac, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. 4.
    Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  5. 5.
    Cut the simit breads in half and place them on a baking sheet.
  6. 6.
    Top each simit half with the beef and onion mixture, then sprinkle with shredded beyaz peynir cheese.
  7. 7.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. 8.
    Serve hot.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Simit bread — If you can't find simit, you can use any other type of bread that you prefer. Just make sure it's sturdy enough to hold the beef and cheese without falling apart.
  • Beyaz peynir cheese — If you can't find beyaz peynir, you can use feta cheese as a substitute.

Tips & Tricks

  • To make slicing the beef easier, place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  • If you prefer a spicier cheesesteak, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the beef seasoning.
  • For a more authentic Turkish experience, serve the cheesesteak with a side of pickled vegetables.

Serving advice

Serve the Istanbul Cheesesteak hot, straight out of the oven.

Presentation advice

For a more elegant presentation, you can sprinkle some chopped parsley or cilantro on top of the melted cheese.