When you think of steak, the humble round steak is, unfortunately, often left out of the running. But this economical cut, while not as fancy as a NY strip or filet, is a great option for regular meals.
If you’re worried about the meat being tough, there are many ways to tenderize a round steak — pounding, slicing it against the grain to break down the muscle fiber, marinating it, and cooking it slowly and on low heat are all excellent ways to create tender, luscious meat that’s brimming with flavor!
Interested in expanding your culinary expertise? Here’s a list of 14 tenderized round steak recipes that are easy, healthy, and so delicious that they’ll have everyone grabbing seconds!
#1. Chicken Fried Steak
Comfort food at its finest, this classic fried steak recipe is made with tenderized round steak that is pan-fried to produce a perfectly crispy, extra crunchy crust, and then smothering it with a creamy homestyle gravy made with flour, butter, oil, milk, and seasonings. Serve this delicious dish with mashed potatoes or biscuits for a complete dinner.
#2. Country-Fried Steak Fingers with Lump-Free Cream Gravy
Perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these melt-in-your-mouth steak fingers are smothered with heavenly creamy gravy. No one will be able to resist this delicacy. If you’re making it for dinner, serve it alongside mashed potatoes and green beans to make it a more filling meal.
#3. Crockpot Swiss Steak
This recipe cooks tender round beef steaks in a rich tomato brown sauce made with diced or crushed tomatoes and beef broth. The recipe also includes vegetables like carrots, celery, onions, and peppers to produce a hearty dish that’s super flavorsome as well as healthy. For a complete meal, serve it over garlic mashed potatoes or white rice.
#4. Easy Pepper Steak
If you’re looking for a recipe that comes together quickly without compromising flavor, this pepper steak recipe is your answer. Slice up your beef into thin strips against the grain, chop up some sweet bell peppers, and cook them in a deliciously rich pepper steak sauce. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds before serving over rice or pasta or with a simple salad.
#5. Easy Steak & Cheese Sandwiches
Looking for a grab-and-go lunch? This simple sandwich is perfect for chilly evenings. Cook sliced tenderized round steak with peppers, onions, and Worcestershire sauce. Assemble on hoagie rolls with Swiss cheese and cook under the broiler until the cheese melts. This comfort food is so good you’ll want to revisit it every night of the week!
#6. Fall Off The Fork Tender Swiss Steak
This crock-pot dish is made with tenderized round steak coated with flour, salt, pepper, and parsley. It’s browned with onions, peppers, and tomatoes, and then baked to create the most amazing meal for everyone to enjoy. Want to round up the meal? Serve it over cooked egg noodles or along with mashed potatoes.
#7. Round Steak and Mushrooms
Round steak slathered in a delectable, mouthwatering gravy made with Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and thyme leaves, along with sauteed mushrooms and onions cooked in butter — spoon it over mashed potatoes or noodles for an incredible meal. Remember to tenderize the steak by pounding it with a meat mallet to make it fork-tender.
#8. Round Steak Beef and Noodles
An easy spin on the classic beef bourguignon, this recipe requires browning cubed round steak and then roasting it in the oven with sauteed onions and beef base for about an hour, followed by adding a gravy of flour and water. This method produces fork-tender steak that will melt in your mouth. Serve it over egg noodles to soak up the delicious flavors and topped with sour cream for a lip-smacking meal.
#9. Smothered Round Steak
In this recipe, tenderized round steak is slow-cooked in the oven with mushrooms, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, dry onion soup mix, and various herbs and seasoning. The result is a luscious and fork-tender steak that’s bursting with flavor. Serve it over mashed potatoes to create the perfect dinner for busy weeknights.
#10. Smothered Round Steak and Gravy
This steak recipe calls for searing tenderized round steak with butter before smothering it in heaps of gravy made of sauteed onions, mushrooms, and spices. This deliciously juicy and tender dish will transform your weeknight meal into a 5-star dinner. Pair it with your favorite sides like mashed or fried potatoes, steamed vegetables, or steak fries.
#11. Steak Fingers
Steak fingers are one of those dishes that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Make them by seasoning thin strips of tenderized round steak with lemon pepper and salt, then dip them into buttermilk followed by dredging them in flour, and brown them in a skillet. Enjoy these crunchy steak fingers hot with ranch dressing, country gravy, or your favorite condiments.
#12. Swiss Steak
This recipe cooks tenderized, brown round steak with onion, garlic, and carrots in a delicious yet lightly seasoned sauce made with beef broth, diced tomatoes, marjoram, paprika, thyme, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce. Serve it over some white rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes with the sauce ladled on top.
#13. Tender Round Steak and Gravy
This delicious round steak recipe is made by browning floured and seasoned round steaks in oil, then adding onion and water and cooking it over low heat for about 2 hours. The slow cooking of round steak delivers perfectly tender and tasty meat with a delicious gravy. Pair this meal with fresh greens or mashed potatoes.
#14. The Ultimate Texas Chicken Fried Steak With Gravy
Don’t let the name fool you, this recipe very much uses tenderized round steak to create an award-winning recipe that you will keep coming back to! The browned fall-off-the-fork tender round steak is smothered in a creamy white gravy. Garnish it with fresh thyme to enjoy delightful flavors in every bite.