Get ready, because slow cooker beef cube steak is about to skyrocket to the top of your perfect dinner menu!
Imagine a delicious meal with just a handful of ingredients and letting your trusty crock pot take over the hard work.
That’s what we’re diving into today: a world where crock pot cube steak fills your home with irresistible, mouth-watering aromas, with comfort food always within reach after a busy work day.
Why This Cube Steak Dish is a Must-Try
Get ready to meet your new favorite dinner: Slow Cooker Beef Cube Steak.
Imagine super-tender beef soaked in delicious, flavorful gravy, melting in your mouth with every bite. Paired with fluffy rice, it’s like a big, cozy food hug after a long day.
Simple, hearty, and oh-so-delicious, a complete meal that makes everything feel like home.
- For the Steak: Beef Cube Steaks (approximately 1-1/2 lbs) and All-Purpose Flour
- Seasoning Mix: Garlic Powder, Dried Oregano, Salt and Black Pepper
- For Sautéing: Onions (we use white, but it is fine to use yellow onion) and Vegetable Oil
- For the Gravy: Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, Water, and Dry Au Jus Seasoning
- For Serving: White Rice (cooked) and Chopped Fresh Parsley (optional, for garnish)
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What kind of steak is cubed steak?
Cube steak, also known as minute steak, is a budget-friendly cut of beef, usually top round or top sirloin, that’s been tenderized by pounding with a meat mallet. The name “cube” comes from the indentations left in the cuts of meat (called “cubing”).
Its affordability is one reason it’s a popular choice among households. It is often used in slow-cooker recipes because it can become even more tender during the slow-cooking process.
How to make Slow Cooker Beef Cube Steak
Step 1: Sautéing the Onions
- Start with the onions. Pop the sliced onions and oil into a large skillet.
- Heat it: Get those going over medium heat until they’re becoming golden brown and smelling amazing.
Step 2: Preparing and Browning the Steaks
- Season Time: Season each steak with salt, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper.
- Flour Dredging: Gently coat both sides of the cubed steaks in flour.
- Into the skillet: Add the cube steaks to the hot oil with your onions still sizzling.
- Browning: Fry them until they get that brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side (they won’t be fully cooked yet).
- Batch Work: If they crowd the pan, work in batches to prevent sticking and uneven cooking.
- Transfer Time: Once browned, move the steaks to your slow cooker and keep those onions cooking until they’re tender and have a brown color.
Step 4: Making Au Ju Gravy
- Mixing Bowl: In goes the soup!
- Water Tip: Add two cans of water to the mix with the empty cream of mushroom can.
- Au Jus Joy: Sprinkle in the au jus package and whisk it well.
- Layer it Up: Pour the mix over your steaks in the slow cooker, and top with your golden onions.
Step 5: Slow Cook and Enjoy
- Slow Cooking: Pop the lid on and set your slow cooker to high for 3–4 hours or low for 6–8 hours
- Serving Hot: Once it’s all tender and the flavors have blended, serve the tender steak on a bed of rice or cauliflower rice. I also personally love it over this crispy roasted potato recipe.
- Final Touch: Spoon the gravy mixture over the slow cooker cube steak.
To thicken gravy: Many people love a thicker gravy. It’s super easy to do for any recipe with liquid, including soups.
Add a cornstarch slurry (a little cold water + a spoonful of cornstarch combined) to the pot. Heat for about 15 minutes and check the desired thickness.
Leftover Cubed Steak Storage
Whether you’re looking for a make-ahead option or need to freeze your leftovers for later, here are some tips on how to store cube steak:
Make-ahead: If you know you won’t be able to finish your cube steak in one sitting, you can store it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Place the leftover cube steak in an airtight container.
It is generally safe to refrigerate cooked cube steak for up to 3–4 days
Freezing: If you have more leftovers than you can eat within a few days, freezing is a great option. To freeze cube steak, place it in a ziplock bag or a freezer-safe container, removing any excess air to prevent freezer burn.
If you’re freezing your leftovers, they can be kept for 2-3 months for the best quality. However, it’s always best to use your judgment and ensure the meat smells and looks fresh before consuming.
—-> Always label the bag or container with the date and contents.
Reheating: There are a couple of reheating options when you’re ready to enjoy your leftover cube steak. You can use a skillet to warm the steak over medium heat until it is heated gently.
Alternatively, you can also use a microwave on low power, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds until warmed.
Perfect Pairings: What to Serve with Beef Cube Steak
Other than rice (as noted), we recommend serving beef cube steak on top of mashed potatoes or egg noodles.
- Mashed potatoes: super creamy and dreamy—a perfect match!
- Egg Noodles: These soft noodles are about soaking up that yummy gravy.
What easy side dishes go best with cube steak recipes?
Whether you’re looking for something tasty, savory, or extra flavorful, we have a list of top side dishes that pair perfectly with this tender cut of beef.
Mashed cauliflower: Try mashed cauliflower for a healthier twist on mashed potatoes. This low-carb alternative is an excellent option for those wanting all the flavor but less guilt.
Baked mac & cheese: Indulge your taste buds with southern baked mac & cheese. The creamy cheese sauce and tender pasta make it an irresistible partner to a classic cube steak recipe. This viral mac and cheese recipe is also awesome.
Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables are always a great choice with heavy, hearty dinner recipes. It keeps the meal going with a little something light. Serve with roasted broccoli, roasted carrots, or fresh french style green beans.
Most Asked Questions about Slow Cooker Beef Cubed Steak and Gravy
Can I cook the cube steak without browning it first?
Yes, but browning it first (a quick sear on each side) in a skillet often enhances the flavor, locking in the juices and giving it a nice color.
Can I use a different kind of soup for the gravy?
Absolutely! While cream of mushroom soup is typical, you can use cream of chicken, celery, or any preferred creamy soup to change the flavor.
Is it necessary to use dry au jus seasoning?
It adds a flavorful punch, but you can substitute it with beef broth or a mixture of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce if unavailable.
Alright, that’s a wrap!
We did it—a super easy weeknight meal with that tender cube steak and yummy gravy. Make sure to explore all of our slow cooker recipes here to make your week much easier.