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Cubed Steaks with Gravy Recipe

Cubed Steaks with Gravy Recipe

Before I tried this recipe, my family did not like this particular cut of beef because it was chewy. But these cubed steaks, slow-cooked until they're nice and tender, are now one of our favorites.—Judy Long, Limestone, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 beef cubed steaks (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 envelope mushroom gravy mix
  • 1 envelope onion gravy mix
  • Hot mashed potatoes or cooked noodles


  • 1. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add steaks, a few at a time, and shake until completely coated.
  • 2. In a skillet, cook steaks in oil until lightly browned on each side. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add the onion and 2 cups water. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 3. In a bowl, whisk together gravy mixes with remaining water. Add to slow cooker; cook 30 minutes longer. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 245 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 850mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

Reviews for Cubed Steaks with Gravy

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fhquilting User ID: 2569371 249683
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"Because I don't use bottled gravy, I saved the browning pan to make the gravy later. Instead of adding water to the crock-pot, I used beef broth instead. After the meat was tender, I removed it from the cooking juices. In the frying pan, I added flour to the pan with a little more oil (if needed) to make a roux. Then, I added the juices along with the onions and made a thickened gravy. Salt and pepper to taste. Return the meat to the gravy. YUMMY!"

Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 249317
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"GREAT! I tried your recipe and the cube steaks were delicious! So simple to prepare, and leftovers re-heated in the microwave were really good too. This one is a keeper! Thank you."

meaganteal User ID: 814898 244207
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"Wow!! Great way to make this meat tender. I could not find mushroom gravy or onion gravy. I used three packets of brown gravy, but bought fresh mushrooms, and cooked them on the stove, then added them when I added the gravy mix. One thing--I did season meat and the flour mixture with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and some beef seasoning. I also diced up some red bell pepper and some celery that needed to be used up. We gobbled this up!!! Made a ton of extra gravy, so I froze the remaining gravy and will use for another meal."

maralosmom User ID: 8332733 224670
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"Made this tonight after not making cube steaks in years ..I won't make that mistake again Keeping this on hand for easy and delicious family magic

Brilliant thanks for posting it!"

CowpokeBob User ID: 6210496 223758
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"This is quick and very easy to prepare. Fills the whole house with a wonderful aroma while cooking and tastes delicious."

tamiurbanek User ID: 8102016 27136
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I'm going to try this tonight with a few modifications. Instead of gravy, I'll use a non-gmo Indian sauce for flavor. My slow cooker cooks faster than I'd like, so I'm thinking it won't take 8 hours. Mashed potatoes, green salad, and acorn squash."

dana520 User ID: 7972442 77331
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"Sounds delish! But I dont have a slow cooker. Can I make this in the oven? How long?"

MStewards User ID: 7935054 27135
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Best best best"

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 32345
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"This dish is flavorful and robust. The gravy mixture seemed like a sodium overload, but it wasn't. My family smothered that gravy all over our plates. This is a dish you can serve dinner guests. I served it with a strawberry spinach salad and mashed potatoes."

jpgmcteg User ID: 7341536 73938
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"This was really good. The gravy mixes gave it a good flavor. My cube steaks broke apart which was ok. We put a scoop on top on mashed potatoes and it was really good. I also added a whole green pepper and a whole sweet onion."

Ponitayl User ID: 7463511 73914
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"I make cubed steak about 1X a mo., I have changed my gravy over the years from scratch to Aus Jus gravy mix & add sour cream to make creamy and use beef broth in lieu of water. Saute white onions in the microwave and add to the gravy. Cream & real butter with sour cream to the mashed potato's. For the cubed steaks prep, I flour them by pressing into the flour in a mixing bowl (pepper added), and then press panko into the meat by kneading them to tenderize the meat. It doesn't take so long to cook to get tender cube steaks then. Love em!"

megnicholl User ID: 1451008 77330
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"The cube steaks are so tender and yummy! Love this recipe"

lmjjh04 User ID: 6431718 27962
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"This is the only way I will ever fix cubed steaks again. My family loved it!!!"

Ladybug3333 User ID: 7385270 78160
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"This is the most amazing recipe ever! Never liked the meat because it was chewy and tuff this is so tender and falls apart so tasty!!! Will make it again an again:)"

robmary User ID: 5577331 79899
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Made this last night for dinner and it was wonderful! Great flavor and the steaks come out so tender. We had them over mashed potatoes"

WillHoward User ID: 7097945 55253
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"Could become a favorite. I did mine for 3.5 hours on high, then added sautéed mushrooms and gravy mix. Then another 1.5 hours on low.

Family loved it."

ahboik User ID: 6778242 79898
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013 Edited Aug. 3, 2015

"Quick and delicious to make! Will definitely add this to my list of go to meals on days when I'll be too busy to make dinner on the stove!!"

gratefulservant_AZ User ID: 635512 42209
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"I ended up cooking 3 hours on high, then 1 1/2 on low before adding gravy mixes. I did make a cornstarch slurry to thicken my gravy. Had over mashed potatoes. Reminded me of smothered steak. Gravy had wonderful flavor. Definitely a keeper here."

DodgeGirl426Hemi User ID: 1133071 78074
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"Made this for my family last week and they LOVED it. Very similar to my mom's swiss steak. Making again tomorrow. This will definitely become one of our regular meals."

DodgeGirl426Hemi User ID: 1133071 55218
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"Made this for my family last week and they LOVED it. Very similar to my mom's swiss steak. Making again tomorrow. This will definitely become one of our regular meals."

thewyatts4 User ID: 5840451 70400
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"One word AMAZING!!!"

bnrudy User ID: 659489 79897
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I added some fresh mushroom & Anaheim pepper didn't cook it 8hours made my own gravy"

CaramelQueen79 User ID: 6817718 42208
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"I followed this recipe and yes the meat is tender but it is still red on the inside. I wonder how everyone got there meat fully cooked. I browned the meat and then put in slow cooker before work and now I'm home with nothing to feed my kids now bc the inside of meat is still red."

lokki1999 User ID: 988003 203647
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"This was easy and absolutely delicious. Like most recipes I took creative license with the seasonings and kicked that up a lot."

Rshipman User ID: 6641747 27933
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"Great flavor and tender. I could have cut the cooking time to 4 hours. After 8 hours the steaks were more like mush."

Veronak User ID: 6435040 86304
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"Very good. I followed the recipe exactly and these steaks turned out really good. Quick, easy and tasty"

teri396 User ID: 3790128 39797
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"Most gravy mixes contain flour and my family has wheat allergies. I used onion soup and boullion. Very good"

gcovalt User ID: 5725161 96013
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"This was very tasty!"

ImGoingSlightlyMad User ID: 3943429 23415
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"this steak comes out so tender."

ranforever User ID: 6434204 73908
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"I used this recipe as an attempt to get my two boys to eat their cubed steak. There wasn't anything left! It was full of flavor and absolutely AMAZING!!"

kgalloway2 User ID: 2965850 23408
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"My husband loves this and requests it often!"

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 77296
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012


cherrylady User ID: 1073547 73907
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"I would love to find a similar recipe that doesn't use gravy mixes. Can anyone help?"

morwenna User ID: 5897779 30720
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"very tender"

kitchwitch86 User ID: 1091421 78072
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I've made this recipe a number of times. Always comes out good."

rconeh User ID: 5775462 203646
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"The gravy was good. The meat, however, was bland. Don't cook it as long. I was lucky and checked mine, but I would cut the time by, at least, 1:30 hours."

jesalstrom User ID: 5990586 96012
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"Fantastic recipe. Whole family loved it, even the picky ones. The only changes I made were to double the recipe, layer the meat with the slice onions and used gravy mixes I had on hand (pork, beef & chicken). Served it on mashed spuds and had just enough leftovers to take to work for a yummy lunch."

Cathyjill User ID: 3342753 73904
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"Our family absolutely loves this recipe! It's now one of our favorites to make!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 86301
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"This was very simple and a nice change from fried cube steak. I used 1 can cream of mushroom soup & 1 can french onion soup with 1 can of water. I added 2 cups of mixed vegetables."

114dianadr User ID: 3125951 96007
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"Sooo Good.."

khgentry User ID: 5717272 78021
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"This is something I make often! My family loves it!!! Even my picky step-son asks me to continuously do it, along with frequent requests from my mother-in-law. This is definitely a keeper!!!!"

Scrubbybubbles User ID: 3950880 73903
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Was Really Kinda Bland... even with my extra Seasoning..."

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 86300
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This is one of our favorite recipes! It is delicious!"

elskefour User ID: 5681643 27931
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Easy and delicious!! I havnt cooked cube steak for years because it is so chewy-not with this recipe though!!"

brittneym User ID: 5616046 70397
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"This is my first slow cooker dish and it was awesome. I really love cubed steak and cooking it in the slow cooker made it extremely tender! I will definitely make it again : )"

cooking_mama76 User ID: 5301204 86297
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"Fast and easy prep!! Loved it! Made the cubed steaks the most tender ever....will add it to my regular menu. Yum."

3MenNaLady User ID: 5345569 77263
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"Family liked it and said it was a repeat recipe. Did not have all the gravy mixes, so made my own. Used onion soup mix instead of onions. Just as good."

Elaine316 User ID: 4469395 86039
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"I have 2 very picky teenage daughters so I was reluctant to try this because I didn't think they would even try cubed steak. I'm very glad I went ahead and made it. Neither one of them had any intentions of tying it so I planned on leftover for my husband and I. The delicious smell must have won them over because one of them caved and tried it and was raving so much the other one ate some and I had to hurry and make a plate for my husband before it completely dissappeard. They have both requested it since. Very delicious and not at all chewy. A family favorite now for sure!"

ebullock002 User ID: 2212793 77262
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times and it is absolutely delicious. At times I have added sliced fresh mushrooms with beef and onions. Also, instead of cooking in water, I add the gravy mixes to the water and cook it instead of adding the gravy mixes later. I have served it over noodles, mashed potatoes and rice and all are delicious."

anniewil User ID: 503285 203645
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This has become a family favorite. If you don't like the overwhelming onion flavor, substitute dry minced onion in place of the raw onion.

We also add Worcestershirre sauce to the meat before we add the gravy mixture. We fully cook the steaks before adding to the pot. I let it cook all day and by the time dinner is ready, even the dogs are ready to eat!
(Hint: let the leftover gravy completely cool and give it your dog. They will go absolutely nuts!)."

momof2nc User ID: 4466256 55157
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"I thought this recipe was great. My husband did not really care for the cube steak being so tender, so next time I will just fully cook his in the frying pan and add his to the crock pot a little later. The gravy was wonderful!! It did not take any where near 8.5 hrs to cook. Mine was cooked on low and was done in about 4 hrs."

the pink baker User ID: 4281712 27133
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"Don't  you love how meat tastes in a slow cooker?"

Lindy in AZ User ID: 3620908 79896
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"Really good! The beef was tender, the flavor was excellent. And so easy!"

norleta User ID: 4361418 70396
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"So easy and great taste. Served over egg noodles. Everyone wants me to make it again."

powersport_girl User ID: 4027967 27919
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I have made this several times. I just made for my parents and brother. They loved it and have asked me to make it again for them!!! What a great recipe thanks for Sharing!!"

kperkins4 User ID: 2716052 23403
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"We love this recipe! It smells so good while it's cooking and it tastes as good as it smells. Thank you for sharing.


suemac1866 User ID: 1255343 79806
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"Tasty, but too salty for us. If I make it again, I will use one pack of gravy & add some flour or cornstarch. Smells so good when it is cooking."

jillea User ID: 1763985 30716
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"I have always hated cube steaks until this recipe! Even my kids like it and ask for me to make it again and again! Thank you for sharing!!"

MaDonnaHinton User ID: 3523732 70284
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"I have already shared this recipe to my Aunt and she loved it also. I would suggest adding salt and pepper when browning steaks. Will make again."

powersport_girl User ID: 4027967 203644
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"Very easy and awsome. The whole family LOVED it! Definatly making again."

muffnette User ID: 1370261 42206
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"LOVE this recipe - as cube steaks tend to be a tougher cut of meat (chewy) but when you do it by this method OMG sooooooo tender! LOVE it!! we don't like mushroom anything so i just substituted the mushroom envelope w/either another brown gravy or another onion."

dodgedame User ID: 3639297 32344
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"We love mushrooms and tossed some into the pot with the onions. This is a regular dish for us."

coffee64 User ID: 3728943 73900
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"This recipe is wonderful. My husband loved it and said it was a keeper! Thank you.

Dana Ramsey, Northumberland, PA"

lsmothers User ID: 1121161 86038
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"My family loved it.Husband ate 3 servings.Served with brown rice instead of mashed potatoes.It's a keeper,will make again."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.