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Easy Crock Pot Cube Steak

Crock Pot Cube Steak is a sim­ple 5‑ingredient slow cook­er recipe that cre­ates melt-in-your-mouth ten­der cube steaks and lus­cious beefy gravy. 

crock pot cube steak on a white plate with mashed potatoes and asparagus
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Some dish­es are just so homey and com­fort­ing that they will be attached to the best mem­o­ries of fam­i­ly and home. This Crock­pot Cubed Steak with gravy recipe is one of those dish­es. A sin­gle bite of these ten­der and fla­vor­ful cube steaks will trans­port you to one of those cher­ished times.

The cube steaks slow cooks in a deeply fla­vor­ful gravy and become deli­cious­ly ten­der. The aro­mas of savory beef fill the house as it cooks. And the meal it deliv­ers is heavenly!

That excep­tion­al fla­vor is due in large part to my home­made beef bouil­lon pow­der / uma­mi sea­son­ing. I will out­line pos­si­ble sub­sti­tutes in the post, below. 

crock pot cube steak on a white plate with mashed potatoes and asparagus

But, I real­ly do encour­age you to source the ingre­di­ents and take the five min­utes to make this delec­table sea­son­ing. Espe­cial­ly for use in this mind-blow­ing­ly deli­cious recipe for cube steak in the crock pot.

In my opin­ion, you will not find a whole food and healthy sub­sti­tute that can bring the same lev­el of scrump­tious fla­vor as my home­made beef bouil­lon pow­der does to Crock Pot Cubed Steak with gravy.

Cube steak is fair­ly eco­nom­i­cal, as well. I can get 4 cube steaks for under $8.00. So, it’s not only a fan­tas­ti­cal­ly deli­cious meal, it’s also affordable.

You and your fam­i­ly are gonna love Crock­pot Cube Steak! I can’t wait for you to try it!

The Ingredients

Ingredients for Crock Pot Cube Steak: cube steaks, red onion, bouillon powder, beef broth and cream of mushroom soup.  Ingredients are on a concrete counter next to a blue print fabric napkin
  • Cube Steaks (may be labeled cube steak, cubed steak, minute steak or swiss steak)
  • Con­densed Cream of Mush­room Soup: Today, I opt­ed for quick and easy prep, but you could def­i­nite­ly use home­made cream of mush­room if you pre­fer it to canned.
  • Beef Broth: I used store bought broth in this recipe. If you have home­made beef stock, it should be deli­cious in this Crock­pot Cube Steak recipe.
  • Red Onion: I just always have red onion on hand. I love the col­or it adds to dish­es and pre­fer the fla­vor. That being said, white or yel­low onions will work equal­ly well.
  • Home­made Beef Bouil­lon Pow­der / Uma­mi Sea­son­ing (see below for pos­si­ble substitutions)

What Is Cube Steak?

Raw cubed steak layered over a bed of minced red onion in a slow cooker

Depend­ing on where you’re from, you may see cube steak labeled as cubed steak, minute steak or swiss steak, too.

To cre­ate cube steak, top or bot­tom round beef steak (or some­times sir­loin) is run through a spe­cial ten­der­iz­ing machine. The mechan­i­cal ten­der­iz­ing appli­ance is called a cuber or swiss­ing machine. 

It pounds cube-shaped inden­ta­tions into the meat to help break down tougher tis­sue and make it more tender.

Occa­sion­al­ly, you can find tougher cuts of pork steak that have been ten­der­ized in the same way. You could try those in this Crock­pot Cube Steak recipe, but we pre­fer beef.

And, if you have a meat mal­let, you can use the cub­ing or swiss­ing side to pound the same cube-shaped inden­ta­tions into tougher cuts of meat you have, right at home.

Homemade Beef Bouillon vs Commercial Bouillon vs Onion Soup Mix?

Can I Just Use Store-Bought Beef Bouillon Powder?

I haven’t tried this Crock Pot Cube Steak recipe with com­mer­cial beef bouil­lon pow­der, though I do believe that you prob­a­bly can use it. You are going to have to adjust how much you use, how­ev­er. Here’s how I would start.

Com­mer­cial bouil­lon is most­ly salt, some fillers and sug­ar with MSG, a small amount of beef fat, some soy and wheat. It is not gluten free. So keep in mind that what you will most­ly taste from adding it, is salt.

If using store-bought bouil­lon, instead of toss­ing every­thing in the slow cook­er to make your Crock­pot Cube Steak, mix the soup, broth and bouil­lon in a bowl, first. And only start with 1 Table­spoon of the store-bought beef bouillon.

homemade beef bouillon in an apothecary jar on a concrete counter.  A heaping Tablespoon of bouillon sits on the counter in front of the jar.

Add 1 Table­spoon of a com­mer­cial brand bouil­lon and then taste it. If it needs more salt add more bouil­lon 1 tea­spoon at a time until you reach the desired saltiness.

My home­made beef bouil­lon pow­der is also deeply mushroom‑y and herba­ceous. It con­tains many herbs, along with dehy­drat­ed veg­eta­bles and sea­son­ings that com­ple­ment beef. Com­mer­cial bouil­lon pow­der won’t have those. So, that will affect the fla­vors in your Crock Pot Cube Steak, too.

Once again, I encour­age you to mix the liq­uids in a bowl and add the com­mer­cial bouil­lon. Taste as you go and con­sid­er adding addi­tion­al herbs and sea­son­ings to cre­ate that deli­cious beefy uma­mi fla­vor I get from adding just my beef bouil­lon pow­der.

As a cau­tion, many famil­iar brands of com­mer­cial bouil­lon con­tain MSG. If you, or some­one you cook for, are sen­si­tive or aller­gic you will want to care­ful­ly read labels before pur­chas­ing bouillon.

What is Onion Soup Mix?

dry onion soup mix on a white plate

I’ll point out all the same issues with onion soup mix. Fillers, anti-clump­ing agents, pos­si­bly MSG, etc., so check the label. 

That being said, I would always choose com­mer­cial onion soup mix over com­mer­cial bouil­lon when sea­son­ing beef dish­es, espe­cial­ly this crock pot cubed steak. Here’s why.

Onion soup uses beef bouil­lon as just one of it’s ingre­di­ents. Typ­i­cal­ly, it also con­tains dried onion flakes, onion pow­der, pars­ley, cel­ery seed, papri­ka and black pepper.

So onion soup mix def­i­nite­ly expands a bit on the fla­vor pro­file of just plain com­mer­cial beef bouillon.

It does­n’t con­tain the deep uma­mi fla­vor punch­ing ingre­di­ents that home­made beef bouil­lon does, but it def­i­nite­ly goes beyond what com­mer­cial beef bouil­lon will bring to the table.

FAQ’s

Can I make Crock­pot Cube Steak in the oven?

Yes. Place the onions into a light­ly sprayed 9x13 pan, instead of your slow cook­er. Then lay­er the cube steaks over the top. Whisk togeth­er the cream soup, bouil­lon and beef broth. Pour over the meat. Cov­er the pan with foil and bake at 350° F for 2 hours, until cube steak is very ten­der. Voila! Crock Pot Cube Steaks in the oven.

What are the best cuts of meat for slow cook­er meals?

When we’re talk­ing about beef, tougher cuts of meat do well in a slow cook­er. They are less expen­sive and cre­ate a more fla­vor­ful, fall apart ten­der end result.

Think of chuck roast, rump roast, round steak, brisket, skirt steak, bot­tom round roast and ox-tail. Blade chuck, arm roasts or arm chuck, eye of round (not rib eye), short ribs and flank steak also do well in the slow cook­er.

Fat­ti­er and bone-in cuts tend to pro­duce more fla­vor. If you don’t have good fat mar­bling in the cut you choose, you can add one piece of oxtail or a beef shank or even one short rib to the slow cook­er to help cre­ate the unc­tu­ous broth and deep beefy fla­vor you want.

crock pot cube steak on a white plate with mashed potatoes and asparagus

What to Serve With Crock Pot Cube Steaks

We love Crock­pot Cube Steak over creamy mashed pota­toes. The cube steaks with gravy are also deli­cious served with brown rice, egg noo­dles or home­made pas­ta.

Any num­ber of veg­etable side dish­es or sal­ads would be fan­tas­tic with slow cook­er cube steak and gravy. We have eat­en it with roast­ed aspara­gus and with air fry­er green beans. It’s scrump­tious with Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad, too. Green sal­ads in every form are also deli­cious accom­pa­ni­ments to Crock Pot Cube Steak. We par­tic­u­lar­ly enjoy it with this Kale Sal­ad with Apple and Roast­ed But­ter­nut Squash.

How to Make Crockpot Cube Steak

(Full How-To Video in Recipe Card)

  1. Small dice the onion and spread it in the bot­tom of your slow cook­er insert.
  2. Lay the cube steaks over the onion.
  3. Add in the home­made beef bouil­lon pow­der (or onion soup mix) and pour the beef broth over that.
  4. Add both cans of con­densed cream of mush­room soup and use a fork to com­bine the soup with the bouil­lon pow­der. It does­n’t need to be per­fect. They’ll come togeth­er as the cube steak cooks.
  5. Cov­er the crock pot and set it on low.
  6. Cook the Crock­pot Cube Steak for 6 to 8 hours or until the steaks are melt-in-your-mouth tender.
  7. Remove the steaks from the crock-pot and use a stick blender to whiz up the onions in the sauce the beef made. This will thick­en it to be more gravy-like. (You could do this in a reg­u­lar blender, too.) Alter­na­tive­ly, you could use the sauce as is. It will just be thin­ner and have more onion chunks in it. 
  8. Serve the crock­pot cube steak and gravy over mashed pota­toes, rice or noo­dles with your favorite veg­gie sides.
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The Recipe

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crock pot cube steak on a white plate with mashed potatoes and asparagus

Crock Pot Cube Steak


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serv­ings 1x

Description

Crock Pot Cube Steak is a delec­table and com­fort­ing meal whether you serve it with creamy mashed pota­toes, egg noo­dles or rice.  Ten­der, beefy steak and a deli­cious savory gravy cook in your slow cook­er all day, so you come home to a fam­i­ly favorite meal you can have on the table in minutes.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 cube steaks
  • 2 (10.5 oz) cans cream of mush­room soup (or cream of cel­ery or chicken)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 large red onion minced (white or yel­low also work)
  • 3 Table­spoons home­made beef bouil­lon pow­der (or 1 pack­et onion soup mix)

Instructions

  1. Small dice the onion and spread it in the bot­tom of your slow cook­er insert.
  2. Lay the cube steaks over the onion.
  3. Add in the home­made beef bouil­lon pow­der (or onion soup mix) and pour the beef broth over that.
  4. Add both cans of con­densed cream of mush­room soup and use a fork to com­bine the soup with the bouil­lon pow­der. It does­n’t need to be per­fect. They’ll come togeth­er as the cube steak cooks.
  5. Cov­er the crock pot and set it on low.
  6. Cook the Crock Pot Cube Steak for 6 to 8 hours or until the steaks are melt-in-your-mouth tender.
  7. Remove the steaks from the crock-pot and use a stick blender to whiz up the onions in the sauce the beef made. This will thick­en it to be more gravy-like.  (You could do this in a reg­u­lar blender, too.)  Alter­na­tive­ly, you could use the sauce as is. It will just be thin­ner and have more onion chunks in it.
  8. Serve the crock pot cube steak and gravy over mashed pota­toes, rice or noo­dles with your favorite veg­gie sides.

 

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Main Dish, Beef, Slow Cooker
  • Method: slow cook­er
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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18 thoughts on “Easy Crock Pot Cube Steak”

  1. Thank you for includ­ing the best cuts of meat! It became more fla­vor­ful and ten­der per­fect­ly paired with the deli­cious gravy.

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