This crock pot minute steak recipe is packed full of delicious flavor and is the easiest way to make this cut of beef. It is perfectly tender and makes an easy family dinner with very little effort.
Slow cookers are a cinch to use, even if you aren’t familiar with this handy kitchen appliance. In minutes, you can prepare tender and flavorful steaks.
And if you want to learn how to cook a minute steak so it is fork tender and delicious, stick around! I’m sharing my family’s favorite way to prepare this thin cut of beef.
How to make a tender crock pot minute steak
Minute steak, cubed steak, tenderized steak…whatever you call it really depends on which part of the country you live in. But no matter which name you prefer, it isn’t exactly the easiest cut of beef to cook with.
We grew up with it as a variation of chicken fried steak. But to be honest, it wasn’t my favorite thing to eat or make.
It always seemed to be lacking in flavor and tenderness.
This problem is usually from not cooking the steak properly – most often they are over cooked and lack in tenderness.
However, this crock pot minute steak recipe solves both of those problems! It is super flavorful and it comes out fork tender!
Plus, using a slow cooker, you can set it and forget it for most of the day. And what’s not to love about that, right?
Minute steaks are the star ingredient of this recipe. But it is also rich in flavor from the sauces. You’ll only need a handful of basic pantry staples.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 6-8 minute steaks
- all-purpose flour
- sea salt
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- dry onion soup mix – this onion soup mix from primal palate is a favorite! It doesn’t have any unwanted ingredients.
- beef broth – I love using a homemade bone broth for most recipes. It adds healthful and nutritious benefits. Plus, extra delicious flavors too!
This recipe is pretty simple and does not need the use of the oven. It can simply be added to the slow cooker to be ready for dinner time.
We will begin with coating the steaks in a flour mixture and frying them in a cast iron skillet.
Mix up the flour, sea salt, and paprika in a shallow dish – something like a deep dish or pie pan works great. Coat the steaks in the flour mixture.
Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add some butter and olive oil to the skillet.
Pan fry the steaks in a single layer of the skillet. Brown for a couple of minutes on each side and then add them to the crock pot.
Add the garlic powder, onion soup mix, and bone broth to the top of the steaks. Set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours, or high heat for about 4-6 hours until tender.
🍳 Delicious serving idea
Use the leftover sauce from the meat to create a delicious gravy to pour over the finished steaks with mashed potatoes.
What to pair this recipe with
Serve with your favorite sides, like mashed potatoes and steamed veggies and side salad for a complete meal!
Here are a few ideas to pair with this minute steak recipe:
Side salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Minute Steak is a thin — usually 1/4 inch thick cut of boneless, tenderized beef. Usually from sirloin of the cow (mid to lower back of a cow).
Minute steaks are thin and get their name because of how quickly they cook. However, they usually don’t come out flavorful and over cooking them can create toughness. Adding them to the crockpot and allowing them to slow cook in flavorful broth and seasonings, solves both of these problems. And they allow you to get a head start on dinner prep! 🙌
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Crock Pot Minute Steak
- Heat up cast iron skillet and add a little of the butter and olive oil (about 1 tablespoon each) to the skillet. Add more butter and oil as needed when browning the steaks.
- Meanwhile, mix up the flour, sea salt, and paprika in a deep dish or pie pan. Coat the steaks in the flour mixture.
- Brown the steaks for a couple of minutes on each side and then add them to the crock pot.
- Add the garlic powder, onion soup mix, and bone broth to the top of the steaks. Set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours, or high for about 5-6 hours.
- Serve with your favorite sides, like mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and side salad for a complete meal!