Crockpot Recipe for Cubed Steak With Gravy (& Without)

By Matt Richmond

If you’re looking for a simple crockpot recipe for cubed steak with budget-friendly ingredients, you’ve found it. With this easy recipe, you can feed the whole family (and enjoy scrumptious leftovers).

That’s what makes crock pot cubed steak the best comfort food. It simmers in the background of a busy day and emits aromas that eagerly bring everyone to the table.

Plus, this easy recipe features a gravy mixture with an emphasis on mushrooms. For most people, the gravy is their favorite part. But don’t worry if you don’t like gravy! I have another option so you don’t suffer any gravy consequences.

I promise I’m going to get to the recipe very soon, but there are a few things you need to know before you start. Trust me, it’ll make this easy weeknight meal even better.

What is Cube Steak Exactly?

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Sometimes called swiss steak, cube steak is a tenderized cut of beef from the rear part of the cow, typically a top round steak. In the simplest terms, though, a cube steak is a tenderized steak, which can be from pretty much any cut.

Of course, you’re not going to tenderize a prime cut of beef, which is why cheaper cuts of beef are perfect for cube steak.

This also means you can make your own cube steak! If you can’t find cube steak, you can buy round steak and tenderize it yourself.

How Do I Tenderize Round Steak Without a Meat Mallet?

Here’s the scenario: you don’t have cube steak but you do have round steak. Yay! Then you realize you don’t have a meat mallet. Booo! Well, don’t worry, because you can tenderize that steak with a cutting board and a rolling pin or empty wine bottle.

Simply place the beef on a cutting board, sprinkle it with a pinch of all-purpose flour and pound it with your rolling pin or the bottom of that wine bottle.

Then flip and repeat, until you see it have the texture of looking “cubed.” Meaning it’ll look somewhat similar to ground beef in steak form.

Warning! Even tenderized steak can end up tough if you don’t cook it right. Which brings us to our next important lesson…

How Do You Cook Cube Steak So It’s Not Tough?

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Cube steak is not a tender steak to begin with (despite being tenderized). But luckily, the easy slow cooking method is a great way, perhaps the best way, to bring out the flavors of tender cube steak.

A large skillet or air fryer could work too, but the easiest way to not overcook it is to use a slow cooker.

[By the way, we also have a great article on How Long to Boil Stew Meat to Make It Tender.)

Do You Rinse Cube Steak Before Cooking?

You don’t need to wash beef before cooking it, but it is advisable to dry any moisture off the surfaces beforehand. Why? To not waste the seasoning.

Pat it dry with paper towels before seasoning the piece of meat. Otherwise, when the crockpot cube steak is exposed to heat, the moisture will disappear off the surface of the meat along with the seasoning.

Crockpot Recipe for Cubed Steak With Gravy

recipe card for crockpot cube steak with gravy

Alright, now it’s time to make this favorite easy slow cooker recipe! We’re going to start off with the savory gravy version of this recipe. Then, down below, I’ll give you the non-gravy version.

Cook time: 6 hours

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cube steaks (about one and a half pounds worth)
  • 1 sweet onion (sliced into rings)
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms
  • 2 10.5 oz. cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix (like Lipton Onion Mix)
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of cornstarch (If you like thick gravy)

Instructions

1 – At the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, pour the mushroom cream of soups and the onion mix together and stir. If it’s too thick for your liking, add a couple tablespoons of cold water to loosen it up.

2 – Pat dry your cube steak with a paper towel, then season it with the black pepper. You can add pinches of other seasoning catered to your preferences, like garlic powder.

3 – Place one cube steak atop the creamy gravy mixture, then place some onions and fresh mushrooms on top of that. Repeat with the other pieces of cube steak, adding onions and mushroomseach time to create layers.

4 – Close the slow cooker’s lid and turn on the high setting and cook for about 6 hours.

5 – If you like your gravy thick and creamy, add and mix in the cornstarch about 1 hour before it’s done.

How Do You Know When It’s Done?

Around the 4-hour mark, start checking the temperature of the meat, placing a meat thermometer into the middle. It’s ready once it reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Check every half hour or so since opening up the slow cooker releases steam every time. I recommend this method since every slow cooker is different and may cook faster than you expect.

Crockpot Recipe for Cubed Steak Without Gravy

recipe card for crockpot cube steak without gravy

For all the gravy-haters out there, this one’s for you. This recipe will give you tender and moist results without the slathered gravy you (or your kids) detest so much.

Cook time: 8 hours (This version takes longer to cook because you use the low setting instead of high)

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cube steaks (about one and a half pounds worth)
  • 2 sweet onions (sliced into rings)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter (divided up into cubes)
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 package of french onion soup mix

1 – Pat dry your cube steak with a paper towel, then season it with the black pepper. You can add pinches of other seasoning catered to your preferences, like garlic powder.

2 – Place the cube steak at the bottom of your slow cooker.

3 – Add the sliced onions on top of the meat.

4 – Pour the beef broth all over the steak and onions.

5 – Sprinkle the french onion soups mix all over the mixture.

6 – Add the cubes of butter, separating each cube to cover the entire area of the slow cooker.

7 – Close the lid and set the slow cooker to low, cooking it for 8 hours.

How Do You Know When It’s Done?

About 6 hours into the cook, use a meat thermometer every half hour to check the temperature of the meat. Once the meat reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, turn the crockpot off.

What’s the Perfect Side for Cubed Steak?

It’d be a sin to make all this flavorful gravy and not slather it all over mashed potatoes or green beans. So, I highly recommend mashed potatoes or Italian green beans. These sides go great even with the non-gravy version.

How Long Do Cubed Steak Leftovers Last?

Pretty much all crockpot recipes make great leftovers. The same is true here. These leftovers will be just about as good as day 1 for about 3-4 days.

Let it cool a little until it’s almost room temperature. Then, store it in an airtight container and pop it in the fridge. Pop it in a microwave to reheat or, better yet, slowly reheat it in a pot on the stovetop.

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