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Easy Instant Pot Cube Steak

This Instant Pot cube steak will make you feel like a superhero in your own kitchen! Tender bites of meat smothered in a creamy mushroom gravy in under 30 minutes = a total winner of a dinner.

Instant Pot Cube Steak

I’m here to share this easy Instant Pot cube steak recipe that even my non steak loving children thought was amazing.  Definitely one of our favorite under 20 minutes comfort food Instant Pot recipes on The Typical Mom. (originally published 2/18, affiliate links present)

I know you’re busy, aren’t we all??!! It’s hard to find time to cook a complete meal, and find time to spend together.

I have 2 good reasons to sit down as a family for the whole evening tonight!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Here is where you start. It’s kinda’ fun pounding your beef out with this guy!

Have you ever actually made cube steak? Yes you can buy it already pounded out but oh the satisfaction of doing it yourself. 😉

You can leave the pieces whole, but just like my steak bites, I prefer to cut my meat into bite size pieces.  It makes the meat more tender and easier for the kids to eat.

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As with any recipe it comes down to personal preference.

With a bit of seasoning beyond the mushroom gravy, it makes for a yummy meal. Make it your own I say!

Is cube steak bad?

  • Actually, it doesn’t include a whole lot of fat or marbling. Cube steak is a very lean cut. You won’t get a lot of fat from the meat by itself.

Pressure cooker cubed steak

  1. First you want to tenderize your meat and cut it into bite size pieces. This is the way we prefer it. Or you can just buy cube steak already done this way.
  2. We use a gallon baggie to shake the flour on to the meat.
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Here’s a quick step by step but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Cube Steak

  1. Prepare

    Pound your eye of round steak with a meat tenderizer/mallet on both sides (helps make meat tender, can buy it at store already tenderized too).

    Cut into bite size pieces. Or could cut in half if preferred.

    Fill a gallon size storage bag with flour, garlic salt and pepper. Shake to combine.

  2. Saute

    Set Instant Pot to saute medium and add olive oil.
    Put steak pieces inside baggie, zip closed and shake to coat pieces.

    When Instant Pot is hot use your fingers to take pieces of floured meat out of bag shaking off excess flour before putting it into the pot.

    Cook all pieces until they are lightly browned on both sides, then turn pot OFF/Cancel button – Important step! Remove meat from pan and pour some beef broth in to deglaze the pot.

  3. Cook

    In a bowl whisk together cream of mushroom, onion soup mix packet. Worcestershire sauce, and remaining beef broth.

    Add diced onions on bottom of the pot. Then put browned meat on top of that followed by soup mixture into your pot. Put lid on and close steam valve.

    Set to pressure high for 5 minutes followed by a natural release for 5 minutes. Then quick release rest of steam.

  4. Thicken

    Lift lid and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes so sauce thickens more. Serve over rice or as is. I usually sprinkle with a bit of salt when serving because everyone prefers a different amt. of salt.

It is important to give it a few minutes to rest in the pot once it’s done. Like any other steak it become more tender and maintains juiciness when it has time to rest.

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Instant Pot cubed steak and gravy 

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest getting this non stick pot
  2. Cube steak
  3. Olive oil
  4. Flour
    1. coats meat and thickens the gravy
  5. Garlic salt
  6. Cream of mushroom soup
  7. 1 packet onion soup mix
  8. Onion
  9. Beef broth
    1. could use half cup of water and rest broth
  10. Instant Pot white rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes to serve on the side

Cook time is under 15 minutes which is much faster than a slow cooker version. If you’re looking for a hearty meal smothered with brown gravy here it is. Pressure cooking is definitely not going away!

Find more easy recipes on our Instant Pot beef recipes page, and more Instant Pot steak recipes here!

instant pot beef recipes

What kind of meat is cube steak?

  • It’s usually top round or top sirloin, used in our air fryer chicken fried steak too
  • It is tenderized and flattened by pounding with a meat tenderizer, or an electric tenderizer.

What cut is pork cube steak?

  • This is a cut of meat from the sirloin of the pig.
  • It too is pressed by a special machine to break up the fibers in the meat to tenderize it.

Is cube steak the same as minute steak?

  • Cube steak is sometimes referred to as minute steak. It is actually a different cut of beef.
  • It is cut from the round steak, or chuck steak, and then tenderized.

Can you make Crock pot cube steak too? <—- YES, here is the recipe.

Slow Cooker Cube Steak

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Instant Pot Cube Steak

This Instant Pot cube steak will make you feel like a superhero in your kitchen! Tender bites of meat smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce. A total winner. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, cube, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker, steak, tender
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 383kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pound your eye of round steak with a meat tenderizer/mallet on both sides (helps make meat tender, can buy it at store already tenderized too).
  • Cut into bite size pieces. Or could cut in half if preferred.
  • Fill a gallon size storage bag with flour, garlic salt and pepper. Shake to combine.
  • Set Instant Pot to saute medium and add olive oil.
  • Put steak pieces inside baggie, zip closed and shake to coat pieces.
  • When Instant Pot is hot use your fingers to take pieces of floured meat out of bag shaking off excess flour before putting it into the pot.
  • Cook all pieces until they are lightly browned on both sides, then turn pot OFF/Cancel button – Important step! Remove meat from pan and pour some beef broth in to deglaze the pot (get stuck on food off bottom).
  • In a bowl whisk together cream of mushroom, onion soup mix packet. Worcestershire sauce, and remaining beef broth.
  • Add diced onions on bottom of the pot. Then put browned meat on top of that followed by soup mixture into your pot. Put lid on and close steam valve.
  • Set to pressure high for 5 minutes followed by a natural release for 5 minutes. Then let out rest of steam.
  • Lift lid and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes so sauce thickens more. Serve over rice or as is. I usually sprinkle with a bit of salt when serving because everyone prefers a different amt. of salt.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cube Steak
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 2317mg101%
Potassium 644mg18%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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