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Crock Pot Cubed Steak (+Video)

Crock Pot Cubed Steak with Gravy is the ultimate no-fuss weeknight dinner recipe. Tender, flavorful and goes perfect with mashed potatoes!

A BUDGET-FRIENDLY, FAMILY-FRIENDLY DINNER

This meal is not only inexpensive but it is one of those “set-it and forget-it” type meals. You can toss everything into your slow cooker and dinner will be ready when you are! With only a handful of ingredients, you can have the most delicious, comfort food ready and waiting for you by the time you get home! It’s a meal the whole family will love!

cooked cube steaks topped with gravy on a plate with mashed potatoes and cooked green beans.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

This seems like it might be too salty, what can I do?

If you are sensitive to salt, don’t enjoy salted food or need lower sodium for dietary restrictions, you will need to purchase lower sodium or no sodium options where possible. You can always season with salt after it has finished cooking.

I can’t find canned French Onion Soup, what else can I use?

You could substitute with Beef Consommé or beef broth. Again, if you need lower sodium options, purchase those instead.

Can I cook this longer than 8 hours?

It helps to have a digital crock pot. That way you can cook it for a certain amount of time so and then set it to automatically go to a keep-warm setting. That would be ideal for this recipe.

How to make a cubed steak so it’s not tough?

This is where the crock pot comes in. Using a slow cooker so the meat can slowly cook in gravy will produce cubed steak that you can cut with a fork.

Can I cook this on high?

No. If you want the most tender cubed steak, it needs to only be cooked on low.

What do you serve with cubed steak?

I serve this cubed steak and gravy with my Million Dollar Mashed Potatoes and smother it in the gravy. You could also serve with rice or egg noodles. For vegetable options, try Italian Green Beans, Bacon Garlic Green Beans or Maple Glazed Carrots

What part of the cow is cubed steak?

Cubed steaks come from the cow’s shoulder which is a tough cut of meat since the cow is constantly using its shoulder. The more a cow uses a certain area of its body, the more that area will become tough. Cubed steak is run through a meat tenderizer (which gives it all those tiny little holes) to help make it just a bit more tender.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes but make sure you have a large enough crock pot.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing.

two cubed steaks on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • au jus gravy mix – if you can’t find this in a lower sodium option, substitute it for some low sodium brown gravy mix.
  • cream of chicken soup – as I stated above, please be aware of your own sensitivities or aversion to salt/sodium. Use low or no sodium options where possible. Cream of mushroom can also be used.
  • French onion soup – the same applies for this soup. If necessary, use low or no sodium options.
  • cubed steaks – This recipe works for 4 cubed steaks. Anything more and you will want to use a larger crock pot and also double the recipe.
  • cornstarch and water – this is to make a cornstarch slurry to thicken up the gravy. If you don’t want a thicker gravy, then just skip this step.
cubed steaks, au jus gravy, French onion soup. cream of chicken soup, water.

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT CUBED STEAK:

In the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, combine cream of chicken soup, French Onion soup, packet of au jus and water. Stir well. Put cubed steak in slow cooker with gravy mixture and move them around to coat them with the gravy. Cover slow cooker and cook steak on low.

collage of three photos: french onion soup, au jus gravy, cream of chicken whisked together in a slow cooker; cubed steaks put into the slow cooker; lid put on slow cooker and timer set for 8 hours.

After cooking, it’s time to thicken gravy. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Stir mixture into crock pot. You do not need to remove the cubed steaks to do this unless you find it easier to whisk it in. I would put the cubed steaks back in the pot as soon as you’ve mixed it in. Turn the setting to high and cook until gravy is thickened.

collage of three photos: cornstarch and water slurry in a measuring cup; slurry being poured into the slow cooker; thickened gravy and cubed steaks shown in the slow cooker.

Then serve with mashed potatoes.

cube steak shown served on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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Originally published: January 2012
Updated & republished: April 2019

Crock Pot Cubed Steak (+Video)

Crock Pot Cubed Steak with Gravy is made with cubed steak, au jus gravy mix, French onion soup and cream of chicken soup.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 10.75 ounce can cream of chicken soup (see notes below)
  • 10.5 ounce can French onion soup (see notes below)
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix (see notes below)
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cubed steaks

To thicken gravy:

  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water

Instructions

  • In the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, combine 10.75 ounce can cream of chicken soup, 10.5 ounce can French onion soup, 1 packet au jus gravy mix and 1/2 cup water. Stir well.
    French onion soup, au jus gravy, cream of chicken
  • Put 4 cubed steaks into gravy mixture and make sure it is coated well.
    Crock Pot Cubed Steak and Gravy
  • Cover slow cooker and cook steak on low for 6-8 hours.
    Slow Cooker Cubed Steak and Gravy
  • After cooking, it's time to thicken gravy. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 Tablespoons cornstarch and 3 Tablespoons cold water. Stir mixture into crock pot. You do not need to remove the cubed steaks to do this unless you find it easier to whisk it in. I would put the cubed steaks back in the pot as soon as you've mixed it in.
    cornstarch slurry added to cubed steak and gravy
  • Turn the setting to high and cook for 30 minutes (until gravy is thickened.) Then serve!
    Slow Cooker Cubed Steak with Gravy

Video

Notes

  • NOTE: If you are sensitive to salt, don’t enjoy salted food or need lower sodium for dietary restrictions, you will need to purchase lower sodium or no sodium options where possible. You can always season with additional salt yourself if you prefer. 
  • If you don’t want to use French Onion Soup you could substitute with low sodium Beef Consommé or Beef Broth.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 171mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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272 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This turned out so amazing. I normally pan fry cubed steak and I was slightly worried this wouldn’t be so good in the crockpot because I couldn’t make it have a seared texture. It turned out better than my pan fried cubed steak. The crockpot completely tenderizes the meat and the gravy mixture is perfect. My family loved this and I will be adding it to my recipes during busy weekdays at work.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this but not sure if I over cooked the meat as I set it before leaving the house and then had my son turn it to warm at 7 1/2 hours later. The flavor was amazing, even my husband who is not a gravy fan loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    This is sooo good! I didn’t have the French onion soup or the au jus so I used a Lipton onion soup packet in beef broth and added 2 beef boulion cubes for good measure along with the cream of chicken soup. I put in my frozen venison cube steaks and it cooks in about 4 and a half hours on low.

  4. 5 stars
    This dish is superb. I used Cream of Celery soup and any variety of cream soup should suffice. I used one Knorr beef bouillon cube vs. au jus packet. Added one-half onion separated rings in addition to French Onion soup. Only used onion powder, garlic powder. black pepper to season steaks. Soups and bouillon had ample sodium. The slurry the last 30 minutes thicken the gravy. Best cube steak which was fork tender. Ready in 4 hours cooked on high in slow cooker. 5⭐

  5. 5 stars
    I made this over the stovetop instead of the crockpot and it still came out great. Used cream of mushrooms though because that’s what I had.

    1. I’m trying Lipton Onion soup mix (1/2 packet) instead. Just finished preparing, now letting it cool down so the hot broth doesn’t cook the cube steak prematurely and spotted. I’ll let you know how it turns out. 🙂

    2. If you do not have French Onion soup, substitute beef broth or stock add one-half fresh onion separating rings. Voila!

      1. Can this be made in a roaster? I have 36 cube steaks to cook and although I have an 8 qt slow cooker I don’t think there is enough room.

      2. I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at big batch cooking & I’ve also never attempted it in a roaster. It seems like it could work but cubed steak can be finicky. Sometimes they’re cubed thinner & some are thick & the last thing you want is chewy meat. That many definitely won’t fit into an 8 quart unless you have a few people willing to share their crock pots to split it up.
        Perhaps someone on here has tried it in a roaster and can give us some guidance with how they did it.

  6. 5 stars
    Love love this recipe!! I replaced the cream of chicken soup with cream of celery soup and my husband loved it. It’s my go to when I have a busy day ahead. I serve it with mashed potatoes. Comfort Food it is!
    Penny

  7. 5 stars
    For those who want a smoother gravy, here’s what I do: take all the gravy ingredients (the two soups, the au jus and the water) and but them up in the blender before putting in the crock pot. Voilà! Smooth delicious gravy! My husband thinks he doesn’t like mushrooms, so I blend it up, hide the can in the trash and he LOVES the gravy!

  8. 5 stars
    I hadn’t had cubed steak in a LONG time so I was looking for a recipe on the internet and this one popped up first. One word……..DELICIOUS! It is the perfect cubed steak recipe. I was a little skeptical with the mix of creamy chicken soup, the french onion, and then the Au Jus packet. But I will admit…..true to what it said in the description……IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GRAVY. The Gravy is absolutely incredible. Perfect companion to mashed potatoes and green beans along with fresh baked yeast rolls. It’s a tummy filler for sure and you will probably lick the plate. Yeah….it’s that good.

  9. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and we loved it! Followed the recipe exactly, thickened the gravy at the end, and served with brown rice. Awesome! Will definitely make again!

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my!!! So delicious, easy, and tender! Paired it with million dollar cream potatoes, cream 12 peas, and broccoli. Definitely will try again and again.

  11. 5 stars
    My wife and I tried the cube steak in a crock pot could not believe how tender it was thank you very much for sharing

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve been cooking this for years and recently used Lowery au jus mix in place of the McCormick and what a difference! Went from good to excellent!

  13. 5 stars
    One of our family favorites. I add a can of cream of mushroom soup too mine. It’s also delicious to substitute white rice instead of potatoes. Highly suggest!!

  14. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! The only thing is that my cube steak came out a little dry. It was super tender. Did I over cook it? 8 hrs on low. Thanks!

  15. 5 stars
    An excellent recipe cube steak was tender and not to salty made before and my husband loved. Quick and easy to make

  16. 5 stars
    Made cubed steaks and served with garlic mashed potatoes, yum ! . Very tender meat, easy meal, husband loved it. I thought it could use a little garlic but than realize I had more than 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of meat in the slow cooker ! I’m definitely going to make this again with the correct amount of meat. Thank you for all your great recipes.