Jan 272012

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.

  500 Responses to “Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy”

  1. 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 :)

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

  3. 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).

  4. 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!

  5. 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’.

  6. Making it for tonight!

  7. 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.

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

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

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

    • 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!!

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

  11. 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.

    • 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.

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

  13. 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! :)

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

  15. 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

  16. 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? :)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.!!!

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

  20. 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 :)

  21. 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!

  22. Made this today…Delish!

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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???

    • 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Would this work just as well with cubed deer meat?

    • 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 :)

  29. Do you add any water to crockpot?

  30. 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?

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

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

  32. 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!

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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 :)

  36. 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.

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


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

    • 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!

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


  39. 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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! :)

        • 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…

        • 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. :(

    • “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.

      • 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)!

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

  41. 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)

    • 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.

  42. 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?

    • 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.

  43. 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.

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

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

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

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

  48. do you brown the meat before putting in crock pot?

  49. 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.

  50. 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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