Easy Swiss Steak Recipe: A Hearty Cube Steak

(2 votes)
28 Comments
7 minutes
June 13, 2024
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Despite the name, this Easy Swiss Steak tastes like All-American food to me. This hearty cube steak recipe is easy to make, low in fat, and just right to warm up with on a cool evening.

This Easy Swiss Steak is a low-fat dinner loaded with tomato flavor.

Easy Swiss Steak Vs. a Blue-Plate Special

I was all ready to talk about how this Easy Swiss Steak would be perfect for a blue-plate special. Then I started thinking about where the name “blue-plate special” came from, which took me to Wikipedia of course. As it turns out, originally diners served these daily specials on blue divided plates like this one:

Classic Blue Plate Special Plate - wikipedia.com
Photo source: wikipedia.com

Well, that kinda ruins my plan seeing as how this Swiss steak is a one-dish meal. Unless you wanted to be a weirdo and put rice in one compartment, carrots and onions in another, and put the meat in the big part, it’s really not meant for a divided plate.

This Easy Swiss Steak is a low-fat dinner loaded with tomato flavor.

Why I Love Divided Plates?

Instead of talking about how this meal is like a blue-plate special since it’s really not, let’s talk about how much I used to love divided plates. When I was a kid, if I could have had a divided plate at every meal (dinner at least), I would have been in heaven.

Besides obvious things like red beans on rice or gravy on mashed potatoes, I didn’t like my food to touch. Not only did I like everything on my plate to be separated, but I also liked to eat one thing completely before moving on to the next. I’m glad to tell you that I now let my food touch the plate. I even mix turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce all in one bite. This gives me hope that my picky kids will eat like normal people one day.

What is a Swiss Steak

Swiss steak is the term used to refer to a cut of steak taken from either the eye of round, top round or bottom round, that is then pounded, rolled or otherwise tenderized. This can be done at home with a meat mallet, tenderizer or rollingpin. You can also buy swiss steaks at your local grocery store or butcher shop. The steak is then slow cooked or braised until tender and typically served with a tomato based sauce or gravy.

The term “swiss steak” comes from the process of swissing a steak which means to cut and tenderize it and this was originally done using a swissing machine.

What is the differnece between a swiss steak and cube steak?

A swiss steak and cube steak are the same but just have slightly different background. Both cube and swiss steaks are made from tenderized and pounded eye of round, top round or bottom round steaks. Many swiss steak recipes will use cube steak in them as cube steak is a more common term at butcher shops and grocery stores. Cube steak is typically the term used for the raw cut of steak and refers to an ingredient in a recipe. Swiss steak is often used to refer to a dish that uses the cube steak.

Why I love this Recipe

I love this easy swiss steak recipe because it is easy to make, uses only a handful of ingredients, most of which I have on hand and is easy to modify based on what I have on hand and my flavoring preferences.

Swiss Steak Recipe Tips, Tricks, Substitutions and Modifications

Here are some suggestions and recommendations for making swiss steaks.

  • You can change the base you serve your swiss steaks on top of. Some favorites are white rice, egg noodles, roasted potatoes, or mashed potatoes.
  • If you want to make this recipe even easier you can substitute the carrots, onions, garlic, tomato paste and canned tomatoes with a jar of tomato or marinara sauce. You will still want to add a little more liquid and can use beef broth, chicken broth, red wine or white wine.
  • Add a Cajun or Creole twist. Dice 1 green pepper and 1 rib of celery along with the onions and carrots, and then add 1 tablespoon of Cajun or Creole seasoning with the garlic.

How to Make this Easy Swiss Steak Recipe

This Swiss steak is easy, low in fat, and loaded with tomato flavor. It tastes a bit like a beef stew but with a different texture from the cube steaks instead of chunks of stew meat. It calls for a whole can of tomato paste, but it would also be great for using up the rest of a can after you’ve used a tablespoon for something else and don’t know what to do with the rest.

  1. In a deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and carrots, and sauté until tender. Stir in minced garlic, and cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  2. Season your cube steaks with salt and pepper or seasoned salt. Place meat on top of onions and carrots. Pour tomatoes over the meat.
  3. Mix tomato paste, beef broth, and oregano in a small bowl, then pour over the meat. You want to make sure the cube steak is covered by the liquid so it braises nicely.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Cover skillet mostly with a lid, making it a little offset so steam can escape and the sauce can reduce but tomato sauce doesn’t splatter all over your stovetop.
  5. Serve over rice, potatoes, or noodles.

Slow Cooker Swiss Steaks

Although this recipe prepares the swiss steaks on the stove top, you could use a slow cooker. This is exactly the type of recipe that would work great in a slow cooker. Simply add all the ingredients to a slow cooker turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours until the meat is nice and tender. If you don’t have all day you could cook it on high for 4 hours.

This Easy Swiss Steak is a low-fat dinner loaded with tomato flavor.
Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
This Easy Swiss Steak is a low-fat dinner loaded with tomato flavor.

Easy Swiss Steak

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

5 from 2 reviews

This cube steak recipe is a hearty dinner just right for a cool evening.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion cut in half and sliced
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut into rings
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed or minced
  • 16 oz. cube steaks
  • salt and pepper or seasoned salt
  • 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 16 oz. can beef broth
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • cooked rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a deep 10″ or 12″ skillet. Add onions and carrots, and sauté until onions are tender. Stir in garlic, and cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  2. Lightly sprinkle both sides of cube steaks with salt and pepper or seasoned salt. Place meat on top of onions and carrots. Pour tomatoes over the meat.
  3. Stir tomato paste, beef broth, and oregano together in a small bowl with a fork. Pour over meat.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Cover skillet mostly with a lid, making it a little offset so steam can escape and the sauce can reduce but tomato sauce doesn’t splatter all over your stovetop.
  5. Serve over rice, potatoes, or noodles.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 120

 You’ll also love these fork-tender skillet beef dishes:

Final Thoughts

Enjoy a lovely meal with your family and friends with a dish that will make your day. This recipe is something you could do at home. A delicious and healthy treat that you will enjoy. Try making this on special occasions, your visitors will enjoy it. It’s very easy to make. Try it out!

[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Easy Swiss Steak – This cube steak recipe is a hearty dinner just right for a cool evening. – olive oil, sweet onion (cut in half and sliced), carrots (peeled and cut into rings), garlic (crushed or minced), cube steaks, salt and pepper or seasoned salt, can petite diced tomatoes, can tomato paste, can beef broth, dried oregano, cooked rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles, , Heat oil over medium-high heat in a deep 10″ or 12″ skillet. Add onions and carrots, and sauté until onions are tender. Stir in garlic, and cook 1-2 minutes longer.; Lightly sprinkle both sides of cube steaks with salt and pepper or seasoned salt. Place meat on top of onions and carrots. Pour tomatoes over the meat.; Stir tomato paste, beef broth, and oregano together in a small bowl with a fork. Pour over meat.; Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Cover skillet mostly with a lid, making it a little offset so steam can escape and the sauce can reduce but tomato sauce doesn’t splatter all over your stovetop.; Serve over rice, potatoes, or noodles.; ; – – Dinner – Red Meat – Rice Bowls – beef – carrot – tomato – – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

28 comments

Peggy
4 years ago

I never that that cube steaks could be so tender. Thanks for one of my husband’s favorite dishes! He never participated in the weekly menu. Now he asks for his favorite ☺

Debi
5 years ago

I made this tonight. At first I wasn’t sure, but once it all came together it was really good.
Thanks for sharing

Emily
7 years ago

Awesome recipe! So much like grandma’s old recipe! But she always sprinkled the steaks with flour and browned them up for a bit first. I also add 2-3 tablespoons of Worcestershire to bump up the flavor of the sauce a bit. Love it!

Beth
8 years ago

We tried this and it was awesome. I even got a “you’ve got to make this again” from my chef husband. I am trying it in the crockpot tonight..we will see how it goes.

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Oh, I’m so happy to hear it! Thank you, Beth!

Becky Turner
6 years ago

How was this in a crockpot? Same instructions? I want to try it but crockpot appeals more to me than stovetop

Christina
9 years ago

Hi Andi! All your recipes sound and look delicious! Especially the steak recipes. I remember my mom making Swiss Steak when we were growing up. I really wasn’t sure how she prepared it, so thanks for the starting point. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much! Have an awesome weekend! All the best! ?

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

That is so sweet of you, Christina. Thank you! I hope this recipe is a close match to what you remember from childhood. Thank you!

Jeff
9 years ago

Please sign me up for you newsletter. I tried to sign up but my tablet got kicked off. Thank you

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Will do, Jeff. You’ll get your first email tomorrow. Thanks so much!

Connie | URBAN BAKES
10 years ago

Mmm having this meal would be perfect to have right now. You make some amazing meals!
Love it!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Connie! You make some amazing desserts, which is not my strong suit :)

Jan
10 years ago

Used to make something like this years ago, and this recipe looks wonderful. I think I will give it a try next week in the slow cooker and let you know how it works.

Andi
10 years ago

Please do, Jan. I think it will turn out well! Thank you :)

Becky Turner
6 years ago

How was this in a crockpot? Same instructions? I want to try it but crockpot appeals more to me than stovetop.

Annie @Maebells
10 years ago

This is such perfect comfort food! Today is our first real cool day here and it has me craving warm comforting foods like this!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you! I love dinners like this on cool nights. Stay warm, Annie!

Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats
10 years ago

This brings back memories… we always had a similar dish but without the nice divider plates. Complete comfort food that’s also easy to prepare. My husband would love this!

Andi
10 years ago

From all the comments this seems to be a dish everyone’s mom used to make. Maybe I’m turning into my mother ;)

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
10 years ago

I has been so long since I had cube steak! My mom used to make it just with a little flour but I am totally loving this version instead with the added rice and veggies!

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Nancy! My other cube steak recipe is dredged in flour and then cooked in broth, but I liked this tomato version too.

Ginny McMeans
10 years ago

I didn’t know that the saying came from that! I remember a blue plate special at Woolworths a million years ago but their plates weren’t even blue. Your red and white plate shows off that beautiful meal much better!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Ginny! I thought it was interesting about the blue plates too. I think now if you order the blue plate special at most diners it just comes on a plain old plate, which makes it seem less special ;)

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
10 years ago

I’ve been craving a stewy steak this week – sounds delicious! What a funny fact about the blue plate special! I feel like those are the plates my parents have in their camping gear;)

Andi
10 years ago

Maybe their camping plates are vintage :) Thanks so much, Sarah!

Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
10 years ago

Mmm Andi, this is bonafide comfort food. I remember my mom making something like this when we were growing up and now seeing it here is making me all nostalgic and hungry. And my little brother was just like you with the divided plate! He would not eat if his food was touching, so my mom always had to give him his food on one, too. I think he’s okay with a little bit of food-mixing now, as well! :)

Andi
10 years ago

I’m glad this one brought back memories for you, Ashlyn! I’m glad your brother and I are able to eat like somewhat normal people now ;) Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your rating

Related Recipes