Cube Steak with Gravy

Cube steak is covered generously with brown mushroom gravy and cooked until tender in the oven or crock pot is delicious! This is one of the easy family meals that my mom has made for decades.

Close up thick gravy on a brown cube steak made in the oven with mashed potatoes on a stack of white plates with a fork resting on the back of the plate.

Cube Steak and Gravy Recipe

Tender beef covered in a simple gravy makes some of the best comfort food our family eats! With only four ingredients this meal can be mixed up in five minutes and then cooked in the oven or a slow cooker.

Our cube steak recipe is an easy way to make this value cut of beef by covering with a generous amount of gravy at a low temperature in the oven or slow cooker.

The brown gravy is made with cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, and a package of brown gravy mix OR a package of mushroom gravy mix.

Whether you like to serve over Farmhouse Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Red Potatoes, Creamy Potato Bake or a package of instant potatoes, cube steaks and gravy pair really well with potatoes.

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Brown gravy covering a tender cube steak sitting on a pile of mashed potatoes on a white plate with a fork in the background on a blue and white napkin.

A vegetable like Bacon-Onion Green Beans or California Medley Casserole rounds out this meal nicely.

My mom got this baked steak and gravy recipe from a cookbook our elementary school PTO put together in the early 90s. She uses round steaks or any kind of cheaper steak that needs to cook low and slow for a long time to get tender.

One of my mom’s tricks is to double the amount of gravy so that the steaks are fully covered and fall apart after cooking.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Making Cube Steaks in the oven is a fuss free way to get a warm dinner on the table.
  • This recipe is a regular on our family’s menu and helps keep us on a budget.
  • Only 4 simple ingredients create an easy and flavorful baked steak and gravy.
  • Any type of cheaper steak that needs to be further tenderized while cooking can be substituted for cubed steaks.
Table set for a meal of cubed steak and gravy in a baking dish and on a plate with broccoli and more oven baked cubed steak and brown gravy on a blue and white napkin.

In the Crock Pot

Cube steak laid in a single layer, covered with gravy in the crock pot cooks on low in 3 to 4 1/2 hours.

I find the crock pot to be the best way to make cube steaks.

Cube steak above crock pot with liner covered in brown gravy

Cube Steak in the Oven

The key to baking tender cube steak is to keep the pan covered TIGHTLY with foil or a tight fitting lid. Holding all of the liquid in the dish will keep the beef so tender while cooking in the oven.

There is plenty of moisture in the gravy, the key is to hold it in the dish and keep the cubed steaks covered with sauce and soup as it cooks.

Brown gravy made with cream of mushroom soup generously covering a tender cube steak on mashed potatoes on a white plate with a dish of broccoli and pan of more steak in the background on a blue and white napkin.

My mom prefers to make her cube steaks and Cocktail Meatballs in the oven. Just a couple of her signature recipes that we enjoy making regularly!

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cube steaks
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Package dry onion soup
  • Package brown gravy mix or mushroom gravy mix
  • Water – soup can of water
Raw cube steaks with ingredients needed for gravy on white board

How To Make Cube Steak Tender

Cube steaks are thin and should be covered with liquid or gravy to keep them tender while cooking. 

Keep the beef covered while cooking to hold in all of the moisture and keep the meat tender.

An easy combination of gravy ingredients cook to make a tender cube steak recipe in the oven.

What Makes A Cube Steak A Cube Steak?

Thin steaks with a unique, consistent pattern on each side are known as cube steaks.

This cut of beef known as cube steak comes from the sirloin or round cuts from the back end of a cow. These muscles are heavily used which makes them very lean. Lean meat is mostly muscle and has very little fat.

Lean cuts of beef are often mechanically tenderized by pounding, grinding or aging. Cube steak is pounded to tenderize and this process leaves the unique shape. 

Two thin and tenderized raw, red cube steaks in a white baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray.

Storage & Freezing

Cooked cube steaks with gravy can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3 to 5 days.

The dish reheats well and can be frozen in an air tight container for up to 3 months.

Tips for Making Cube Steak

  • Keep covered tightly to hold in moisture while cooking
  • Put cube steaks in a single layer in the baking dish or crock pot
  • Cube steaks can be substituted for round steaks or any kind of steak
  • Can of cream of mushroom soup can be substituted for cream of celery or cream of onion if you prefer
  • Brown gravy mix can be substituted for mushroom gravy mix, or recipe can be doubled and one packet of each used
  • Dry onion soup mix can be substituted for onion flakes
  • Gravy recipe can be doubled for gravy lovers; this recipe makes enough for 2 to 4 cube steaks that weight about 1/2 pound each
Cooked cube steaks in crock pot covered in onion soup and mushroom gravy

Cubes Steaks & Gravy Recipe

Place cube steaks in a single layer in a heavily greased baking dish or in a lined or greased crock.

If making in the oven spray pan well, even up the sides to prevent gravy from cooking down and burning.

Using a small silicone spatula empty a can of cream of mushroom soup into a small mixing bowl. Keep the soup can.

Pour the onion soup mix on top.

Packet of McCormick's brown gravy mix, onion soup mix and a can of cream of mushroom soup in a white mixing bowl with a small white spatula.

Add packet of brown gravy mix to the bowl.

Packet of dry brown gravy mix and packet of onion soup and dip mix in a white mixing bowl with a small white spatula.

Fill the soup can with water and add to the other gravy ingredients.

Mix well.

Soup can of water poured over ingredients to make an easy baked steak gravy in a white mixing bowl.

Pour that beautiful brown gravy over the steaks.

If needed use a spoon to spread the gravy around so that every bit of meat is covered with moisture.

White baking dish with gravy mixture completely covering cube steaks and ready to put in the oven.

Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. We find that foil typically holds in moisture better than a glass lid.

Bake in a 325°F oven for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours until tender. OR cook in a crock pot on low for 3 to 4 1/2 hours.

Steaks are done cooking when they are fork tender. Serve warm over mashed potatoes and spoon the extra gravy over top of the finished plate.

Overhead view of two tender cube steaks baked in the oven in a brown gravy with mushroom and onion flavors.

This is such an economical way to feed the family warm and delicious food!

Other Easy Family Meal Ideas:

Tender cube steak made in the oven generously covered with gravy on a pile of mashed potatoes with a fork leaning on the white plate.

Cube Steak with Gravy

Servings 3 people
Author: Jennifer
Cube steak is covered generously with brown mushroom gravy and cooked until tender in the oven or crock pot is delicious! This is one of the easy family meals that my mom has made for decades.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cube steaks
  • 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 package dry onion soup
  • 1 package brown gravy mix 3/4 to 7/8 ounce package
  • 1 soup can water

Instructions
 

  • Place cube steaks in a casserole dish or crock pot so they do not overlap.
  • Combine soup, 1 soup can water, onion soup mix and gravy mix.
  • Pour over meat, cover tightly and bake in the oven at 325°F for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours OR cook in the slow cooker on low for 3 to 4 1/2 hours.

Notes

  • Keep covered tightly to hold in moisture while cooking
  • Put cube steaks in a single layer in the baking dish or crock pot
  • Cube steaks can be substituted for round steaks or any kind of steak
  • Brown gravy mix can be substituted for mushroom gravy mix, or recipe can be doubled and one packet of each used
  • Dry onion soup mix can be substituted for onion flakes
  • Gravy recipe can be doubled for gravy lovers

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 52gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 1621mgPotassium: 956mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 5mg

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Originally shared on December 8, 2020 with pictures updated on July 27, 2023.

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This will be my second time making this dish. The steak is perfectly tender and has so much flavor!
    It is now one of my favorite dishes to make for the family! Everyone loves it!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! Served with mashed potatoes.

  3. Love this dish! Meat is tender and rich flavor.
    I serve with gravy over the mashed potatoes.
    Highly recommend this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this! I used my oven, not stovetop. Added some half-half and water as I put some Jasmine rice in with the mushroom gravy! Used my LeCruest brazier, browned just a bit, added big can of soup, half-half and water with a package of onion mix. Delicious! Also, added garlic with my salt and pepper! Corn on cob, green beans, and crusty bread and we are set!! Thank you!!

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