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Easy Swiss Steak Recipe – delicious cube steak braised in tomato sauce, loaded with meaty garlic and tomato flavor! Keto compatible and loaded with family friendly flavor.

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Easy Swiss Steak

Delicious, tender, meaty steaks that have been slow cooked to perfection in a rich and crave-worthy tomato sauce – this Swiss Steaks recipe is comforting, naturally gluten free, and so easy!

If you’ve never had swiss steaks, you’re in for a treat.

They look like steaks – but they are incredibly rich and slightly shred, like a pot roast.

This dinner is perfect for picky eaters, since we’re using cube steaks and slowly braising, making the meat tender and easy to eat.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

steak with outer coating and tomato sauce on top

What is Swiss Steak

Swiss steak is a bit of a misnomer for many – because the dish doesn’t originate from Switzerland, and in thiss recipe, we’re using a more Italian tomato sauce to braise it in.

The actual name of this steak isn’t based on the country, however, it’s because we’re using cube steak that has been “swissed” – pounded thoroughly using a meat tenderizer, and then slowly braised to bring a tender, meaty flavor.

What is Cube Steak?

If you’re wondering just what exactly cube steak is, you aren’t alone.

Cube steak has a funny name – but it really just means it is a steak that has been flattened by pounding with a meat tenderizer.

Cube steak isn’t actually the shape of a cube, either – the cube refers to the shape of indentation left in the meat from the tenderizer.

Most often, cube steak is the cut of beef used for chicken fried steak – but it is also well known for being served with mushrooms and onions in a creamy and rich brown gravy sauce.

While all cube steak could count as swiss steak, not all swiss steak is cube steak, since you could use another cut (though we think cube steak is the best for this preparation.)

After trying this swiss steak recipe, be sure to check out my other favorite cube steak – my Easy Cube Steak in Gravy Recipe!

steak with outer coating and tomato sauce on top

To Make This Recipe You’ll Need

  • Dutch oven, or heavy oven-proof pan with tight fitting lid
  • Cube steaks
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce (7 oz)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 14 oz beef stock

Keto Swiss Steak Recipe

This recipe is easily adaptable to fit into a keto diet – since we’re not dredging the steak before cooking, like many recipes, you’ll just need to change the amounts of some of the vegetables used.

What to Serve With Swiss Steak

This recipe is truly incredibly easy to pair with lots of dishes, thanks to the meaty flavor and delicious tomato sauce.

Low Carb Sides

If you’re watching your macros and want a low carb side dish option, please find some of our favorite keto side dishes below.

Easy Family Friendly Sides

The following easy side dishes are simple to prepare, delicious, and are great for even the pickiest of eaters!

Recipe FAQ’s

When is swiss steak done?

Since we are slow braising this recipe, you won’t go off your digital meat thermometer like most of my easy beef recipes.
Swiss steaks are done when they are tender to the touch and the meat is soft when pressed with the tines of a fork, similar to a tender pot roast.

How can I store leftover swiss steak?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
To reheat, add steak and tomato sauce to pan and cook until piping hot.

Can I freeze swiss steak?

After cooking, swiss steak can be frozen in an airtight plastic freezer bag for up to four months.
To reheat, let thaw in the refrigerator overnight and simmer covered in a pan until piping hot.

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Easy Swiss Steaks Recipe

Yield: 2 steaks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Easy Swiss Steak Recipe - delicious cube steak braised in tomato sauce, loaded with meaty garlic and tomato flavor! Keto compatible and loaded with family friendly flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 cube steaks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 7 oz tomato sauce
  • 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 14 oz beef stock

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Generously salt and pepper steaks.
  3. In a large pan or dutch oven, add olive oil and heat to shimmery.
  4. Brown steaks on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. When steaks are browned, remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Add onion and celery to pan and cook until soft and slightly browned.
  7. Stir in garlic and cook with onions and celery until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
  8. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, herbs, and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Cook until bubbling, about 5 minutes.
  10. Stir in beef broth and return steaks to pan.
  11. Cover pan with tight fitting lid.
  12. Braise in oven for 2 1/2 hours, until steaks are tender and meat slightly pulls away when pressed with a fork.
  13. If liquid cooks down too much, add up to 1 cup water to continue cooking until steaks are soft.
  14. Plate with a little sauce from pan, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 340Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 78mgSodium 1003mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 4gSugar 8gProtein 27g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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