Old-Fashioned Swiss Steak Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Swiss Steak Recipe

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"THE KIDS enjoyed this Swiss steak so much they would eat it as leftovers the next day."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 257 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 1,033 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. In a large plastic bag, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and garlic salt. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Remove meat from bag and pound with a mallet to tenderize.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil until no longer pink. Add the green pepper, celery and onions; cook and stir for 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, soy sauce and remaining salt and pepper. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours.
  3. Remove from the oven and return to stovetop. In a small bowl, combine water and remaining flour until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir sauce for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 6-8 servings.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze serving-size portions in airtight containers or freezer bags.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Swiss Steak in Reminisce May/June 1995, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 257 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 1,033 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

Great flavor! I split the peppers between green & red. I will use a little more flour next time to thicken sauce. Served over whole wheat egg noodles.

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009

Old Fashioned Swiss Steak

This is excellent. My family loves this dish and thinks the sauce it makes is one of the best they have tasted. I will make this recipe over and over.

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

This recipe is excellent! It takes a little while to prep , but it's well worth it! I have added this to my list of favorites. Great to make when it's cold out, it warms up the house and smells wonderful. I like this with mashed potatoes and a veggie.

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