Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy

There are several meats that you can always find either on sale or marked down. That is chicken (either in drumsticks, quarters or thighs) and cube steak.

The thing with cube steak is that it can be pretty tough. I make it several different ways but this is our all-time favorite. It is so tender it just falls apart with the stir of a wooden spoon. Yep, seriously. It isn’t a pretty dish, but it sure is delicious! When Bric first saw it he was like eww, this looks like dog food…but after he tasted it he was really impressed. He also mentioned that it wasn’t like regular cube steak that you had to cut with a utility knife. He loved the taste and how tender it is. I also had a friend try it out and she says it is now her families favorite!!

crockpot cube steak ingredientsCrockpot Cube Steak and Gravy

Cube steak   (I used a family size pack)
2 cans (10.75 ounce size) cream of mushroom soup
1 envelope onion soup mix
3/4  cup water

Salt and Pepper to taste


Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low all day. Serve over rice, noodles, mashed potatoes or with your favorite side dishes.


crockpot cube steak plated

I told you it wasn’ t pretty. But I do promise it is good!!

We like it with about everything. Here I served it with green beans, sweet potatoes and a crescent roll. But it is really good over rice or noodles or with mashed potatoes. That way you have something to smother in the gravy. We just sopped our gravy up with our crescent rolls this time…so if that is what you have, I give you permission to do the same.

Just don’t tell my Momma, she would have a hissie fit just thinking of me sopping something up on my plate and would berate me from here to yonder knowing I said it was ok for you to as well.

507 comments to Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy

  • Olivia  says:

    Well, from the comments, looks like most liked this recipe. I tried it yesterday and I did NOT like it!! Weird texture and it just looks nasty. It reminded me of canned dog food, so even if it had tasted edible, the look and color totally ruined it for me. On a lighter note, the dog did love it!! Sorry, just keeping it real :)

  • April  says:

    Oh my!! I just msde this for the second time!!! It is AMAZING!! I substituted Onion Mushroom instead of just onion. (I love mushrooms!!)

  • Ruth  says:

    As I am always trying to find recipes for my crock pot, I decided to make this one… it suited everything my husband likes, MEAT and GRAVY!! It was a huge hit, but I did substitute the water for vermouth and beef broth (and I did brown the meat before putting it in the crock pot).

  • Sharon Whitaker  says:

    I received this recipe at Weight Watchers years ago. It does come out a little on the pink side, but taste wonderful. To avoid the “pink” comments from my sons, I usually put the cube steak in a non stick pan and brown it for a few minutes before I put it in the crock pot. I don’t use flour or butter, just brown it on it’s own, then follow the recipe. My kids and husband love it!

  • Mary Ann Juarez  says:

    Made this for dinner a few days ago. One word comes to mind … AWESOME! Thanks for sharing such a simple and absolutely delishous recipie! I was thinking about trying a a suggestion or two on here, but my daughter said …. ‘Mom, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’.

  • Amber  says:

    Making it for tonight!

  • Diane  says:

    Making this today but cut the recipe in half. Used 1.37 # of meat as there is only 3 of us. Making bread (in the bread maker, of course) and mashed potatoes to round out the meal.

  • carl  says:

    I have made this many times over the years. Makes a great meal with mashed pototoes and a veggie

  • Laura  says:

    I have madethis twice. Maybe this time my hubby and I will get to try it.our 3 teenage sons DEVOURED it. Without sharing !

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      I am so glad to hear it was a grand slam for the boys Laura! Thanks for letting me know.

  • Elissa  says:

    Can I cook on high for 4 hours and get the same tenderness???

    • Brenda  says:

      Also, if you have a small crockpot, can you stack the meat or does it have to be laid out? Mine is small and I have everything to cook it, but not sure about how to handle the meat!!

      • The Jilly Bean  says:

        I have never used a small crockpot but I have used a LOT in mine and just stack it so it should work just fine.

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      You can but watch it pretty close, I think it will only take about 3 hours.

  • Barry  says:

    Im fixing to make this for supper tomorrow. I will put it on low tonight and let it cook until 3 pm tomorrow. Cant wait, hope it turns out good and tender.

    • cheri Simmons  says:

      I am making this for dinner today, my family love it. It is so easy I feel guilty that I am not slaving in the kitchen.

  • Cassie  says:

    My family loves this! I add fresh mushrooms and carrots and serve it over egg noodles….. They can’t get enough!

  • melanie  says:

    made this yesterday and it was sooo good! this is now the only way i’ll make cube steak. we had brown rice and green beans with it. definitely a keeper. thanks for sharing! :)

  • Learn  says:

    My daughter is so picky and she had 2 helpings of this! My family loved it!

  • Jamie  says:

    I have always disliked cube steak so when I came across another way of making it I was intrigued lol…. I am sooo glad I came across this recipe. It tasted so yummy and my hubby said you can def add this to your recipe book… Thanks a bunch

  • Lori  says:

    I’ve always made cubed steak by coating it with flour, adding salt and pepper and then cooking it in a skillet……it’s always WAY to tough and chewy. I tried this recipe and Oh. My. Word. It is soooooo yummy!!! When you said I would be able to cut it with a fork, I rolled my eyes and said, “Yeah, right!” Well, I COULD!!! Yay! It was so tender and tasted really good. It’s much cheaper than buying a roast and much yummier. Did I mention how good it tasted? :)

  • Diane  says:

    I made this tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t have any of the dry soup mix, I mixed together one can of cream of mushroom soup with one can of golden mushroom soup. I added 1 teaspoon of dehydrated minced onion and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and the 3/4 cup of water. I floured the cube steaks and browned them quickly in a little butter first. I then put them in my rectangular type slow cooker on the number 2 setting. Poured the sauce over and let it cook about 2 1/2 hours. My husband loved it.

  • brandi  says:

    In my crackpot now. Fingers crossed that my family loves this because I chose this for Sunday dinner and they all look forward to Sunday dinners.!!!

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  • barb  says:

    Making this for the second time. This is so simple and so tastey. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Linda  says:

    I made this last weekend and my (VERY) picky boyfriend LOVED it. We’ve been trying to eat a little healthier so I made my own cream of mushroom soup by googling it and it still turned out absolutely awesome! He’s already asking me to make it again today :)

  • Sheree  says:

    Yumm I’ll have to try this one! Seeing your serving suggestions I thought of the open face sandwiches I make. I’m adding the ingredients to my grocery list!

  • Jan  says:

    Made this today…Delish!

  • Oh My Goodness  says:

    Jilly Bean,
    You are the most patient lady in the world. I give you SOOOO much credit. You so nicely post a great recipe for people to try and I have never seen such stupid questions and responses. Can no one figure out their own substitutions if they don’t like mushrooms? You say “Cook pm low all day”….then you get 10 questions on how long all day is, what about high, etc. People…..she;s just a nice lady who is offering a food recipe. She is not Bobby Flay or Paula Deen. Have some common sense people and thank this nice lady for giving you a dinner idea!!!

    • Kathy  says:

      Well said

  • Marcia  says:

    I made mine with Campbell’s Golden Mushroom soup, cubed sirloin, and I skipped the packaged onion soup mix and added my own garlic/onion seasoning. It turned out wonderful and a nice golden color. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Kate mcd  says:

    success! and thanku! added a little flour and Vidalia onion steak sauce! everyone loved! I sub’d the beef broth for water and it turned out fab!

  • Carrie  says:

    What could be substituted for the cream of mushroom soup? We are not a fan of mushrooms here! Maybe sour cream and an extra onion soup mix???

    • Carrie  says:

      I made this tonight using Cream of Celery soup instead of Cream of Mushroom as we are not mushroom fans at my house. Also I used the Beefy Onion dry soup mix. I had it in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high and 30 minutes on low. It turned out well – very tasty! It was just slightly tough but could still be broken apart with a fork. I will be making this again.

      • Joanne newton  says:

        Must be cooked longer than 3 1/2 hrs try 6 / 7 hrs.

  • Barbara Ann Sykes  says:

    Made this about 2 weeks ago my husband loved it. He said he could eat it aleast once a week. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Nioka  says:

    Would this work just as well with cubed deer meat?

    • amber  says:

      YES :) We eat venison cubed steak prepared this way.. ( except I brown mine in a light coating of flour and meat tenderizer salt & pepper) prior to crock pot cooking…it’s amazing! We do all ‘beef; recipes subbing deer meat…it’s healthier :)

      • Nioka  says:

        Thank you Amber!

  • Barbara  says:

    Do you add any water to crockpot?

    • Kelin  says:

      It says on the recipe 3/4 cup. :)

  • Jennifer  says:

    Can you make all of this ahead of time and freeze it together to keep on hand as a freezer meal for a busy working mom? Then thaw for 24 hours and then cook on low for 6-8 hours?

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      I have no idea Jennifer, I have always just made it, never as a frozen meal. It only takes me minutes to throw together.

  • Tabatha  says:

    Can you put the cube steak in the crockpot frozen? If so, how long on what temp? Thanks, can’t wait to try it!

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      You sure can, same temps as if thawed.

  • Alex  says:

    If I wanted to cook the cube steak on high, then how long would the cooking time be? I get a little paranoid leaving electronics like crock pots on when I am not home. Thanks!

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      I wouldn’t cook it more than 3 to 4 hours on high.

  • Sonya  says:

    I have now made this twice, always a huge hit! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Steve  says:

    I cooked my cubed steak all day smelled great but when I served it it was not done. the meat was very pink on the inside ? what did I do wrong?

  • Jamie  says:

    That’s how I have always done arm steaks and pork chops myself! So thrilled someone else knows the power of that combo to make meat that will melt in your mouth :)

  • Monica  says:

    Making this tonight for the second time. Such a yummy dish. I make it with biscuits and green beans on the side. :) thank you for the recipe.

  • Amy  says:

    Would love to try this, however, our family doesn’t like onion soup mix. What would you recommend for subbing?


    • Monica  says:

      You can’t even really taste the onion flavor. I’m so not an onion fan either. Lol

    • Sherri  says:

      When I use mushroom soup with meat in the crock pot I like to add a dash or two of worchestershire sauce to it. We don’t like the onion soup mix either!

  • Amy  says:

    Our family doesn’t like the onion soup mix, what would you recommend for subbing?


    • Kim  says:

      try the Lipton Savory Herb with Garlic soup instead. It is amazing.

  • Katie  says:

    This was absolutely horrendous. I have no dea what I did wrong but I followed the recipe to the letter and my family looked at me like I’d lost my mind after one bite. I apologized and we went out to eat. I don’t know how to explain the level of gross that this was. The consistency of the meat was that of liver and the meat itself had zero flavor. When I made it I wondered why there was no preparation of the meat itself first (tenderizing or marinating) but just plopped it in there anyway. I was very excited and it smelled wonderful but it truly was the worst the we’ve ever put in our mouths. Am I the only person that had this reaction? Is it just that my family is snobby when it comes to dinner? We aren’t picky people.

    • Sally  says:

      With the consistency of the meat you are describing, it doesn’t sound as though you used cube steak.

    • shaun  says:

      It’s cube steak it doesn’t need to be tenderized doesn’t sound to me like you’re using the correct type of meat as cubed steak is purcha sed already tend we rized.

    • Laurie  says:

      Katie, I unfortunately had the same results! Ended up tossing the whole thing. I used cube steak as well. It’s texture was just like liver, almost mealy, and the meat was still pink. Cooked it on high another hour but the juices never penetrated the meat. Don’t know what I did wrong.

      • KeriH  says:

        I used cubed top round because I read all the comments before I tried this. Needless to say….. BIG FAIL! It was still raw after cooking from 8am-7pm. I personally do not recommend this at all. I’m not new to cooking by any means, but this was by far the worst outcome of anything I’ve tried on Pinterest. Maybe I did something wrong, but after it cooked “all day” 11 hrs… Still raw…not sure what to think.

        • Mary  says:

          Are you sure your crockpot is working? I’ve never heard or had meat of any kind come out of the crockpot “pink” or “raw”! Or did you forget to turn it on? I’m going to make this tomorrow for supper and can’t wait to try it! :)

        • teresa seaman  says:

          i have cooked this several times comes out perfect….my family loves it..i ve never had it come out pink or taste bad…we dont care for mushrooms either but i love using the cream of mushroom soup and lipton onion soup mix u dont really taste it in the end anyway…if ur meat isnt cooking right i would check to make sure ur slow cooker is working properly…i love this recipe and will continue to use it…

        • Brenda Brantley  says:

          I cooked it today. I was so disappointed. The gravy was very thin. My meat was still pink. I paid almost $10 for the cubed steak. I followed the directions. I don’t know what I did wrong. :(

    • CoachT  says:

      “cubed steak” isn’t a particular cut of beef, it’s a method of preparation of the cut. It just means the meat has been run through a cuber to tenderize it and it could be any cut from the steak and roast scraps. That’s why it’s usually pretty cheap, it’s scrap cuts. Round is a pretty common choice in most supermarkets but the only way to know is to ask the meat cutter.

      The problem comes when it’s not a super-tough piece of meat they’ve cubed and you then slow-cook it. Cubed sirloin (which makes an excellent ‘country fried steak’ and “minute steak”) comes out of a slow cooker very much like liver. Cubed rib (terrible waste of a good piece of meat) comes out as mush when slow cooked. Cubed flank and cubed round (rump) are best for slow cooking and braising. Cubed top round will have the best flavor in my opinion. Ask the meat cutter what they cubed or pick a piece of meat and have them cube it for you. Try a top round roast and have some sliced and then cubed. Cut some for stew beef too!

      Sounds to me like you slow cooked a cubed sirloin roast cut and got the predictable results that cut provides when slow cooked – liver substitute.

      • Katherine  says:

        Thanks for the information in your reply! I was getting nervous reading the comments since I’ve already got this in the slow cooker. But if it doesn’t turn out this time, I’ll just try again with a different cut (I have no idea what this one was)!

  • Amy  says:

    How long is all day? 6-8 hrs? Just trying to figure out when to put it in this morning.

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      6 hours is usually plenty.

  • Linda  says:

    I have a large family, so if I doubled the family size pack of cube steaks (about 18) should I add more of the rest? (Soup, soup mix, and water)

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      For that much meat, I probably would Linda. I have never made that large of a batch so it may be something you have to play around with.

  • Terri  says:

    How many 1bs of cube steak for a 4 person fam? They did not have a family size @ our grocery store so we bought 2 pkgs. of about a lb. ea.Not sure if that is enough? Also do you cook on low or high all day in crock pot?

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      If you are going to cook it all day use the low setting. I typically plan for one piece per person, except for my son who will eat 2-3 pieces. So , as long as you have enough pieces the weight won’t matter so much.

  • Klaire  says:

    Just made this for dinner today. It is so good. The gravy is delicious and you don’t even need a knife to cut the cube steak. Will be making this again for sure.
    The only thing I changed was using beef broth instead of water.

  • Alaina Brand  says:

    Do you put the soup in without adding milk or water to each can?

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      Yes, Alania, straight out of the can.

  • Jackie  says:

    I have this in my crockpot now, can’t wait to get home from work and try it!

  • Bethany  says:

    Would it taste alright if i used cream of chicken instead?

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      It will work just fine Bethany.

  • Jennifer  says:

    Replace the water with cheap red wine, it is awesome!

  • Siri  says:

    do you brown the meat before putting in crock pot?

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      No Siri, just put the meat in straight out of the package.

  • Marianne  says:

    I make something like this except instead of water, I add 1/2-1 cup of red wine. :) also delicious. As well, I add a drained can of sliced mushrooms.

    • The Jilly Bean  says:

      Oh that sounds good Marianne! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kellie  says:

    Ummmm what’s wrong with sopping something up????? I’m from the south and we sop up something almost every meal for Pete’s sake!!! Let’s just say me and the rest of my family are part of the clean plate club LOL. There is even an endearing saying…it goes like this…girl I could sop you up with a biscuit. LMAO. Of course I wouldn’t be the one saying it since I am female but you get the point LOL.

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