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Instant Pot Cube Steak and Gravy

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. You can serve this over butter noodles or rice.

If you loved our air fryer cube steak but want to skip the crisp entirely, this is the way to do it! Even kids clean their plates with this meal.

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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. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Cube Steak

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. Using your pressure cooker, Crockpot Express or making it as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe just makes life easier. If you are trying to eat together more as a family this is the answer.

You can cook frozen cube steak slow cooker style but that takes all day. Instead, throw it in under high pressure with gravy and OMG. That is right, it doesn’t matter whether your meat is fresh, thawed or frozen. Cut into bite size pieces is key to getting it fork tender with tons of flavor.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Pressure Cooker Cube Steak

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. It is a trick I have been using for years and years and not just with beef. Same goes with chicken too where you get the gravy and seasonings to really seep in the most.

If you can’t find this cut at the store you can pound it out at home too so you can get this done. Way easier than you think it is but generally a cheap cut the butcher will offer often.

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Instant Pot Cubed Steak

As with any recipe the seasonings that you add to the outside comes down to personal preference. With a bit tossed with salt and pepper with the mushroom gravy here it makes for a yummy meal. Make it your own with what you have on hand I say!

Is cube steak bad?

Actually, it doesn’t include a whole lot of marbling. Cube steak is a very lean cut. You won’t get a lot of fat from the meat by itself on this one as you can see here. I mean everything in moderation but compared to other cuts it is leaner than most so I would venture to say no to this question.

The reason why this type of meat is called what it is is…I don’t really know. I mean it is pounded or in stores, run thru a machine that creates punctures that don’t go all the way thru the piece but makes it more tender.

  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.

Alternatively you can toss in a bowl gently with a fork so all your pieces are coated. You will want to shake off the excess either way you do it so it isn’t overwhelming but a bit will create a coating on the outside.

Instant Pot Cube Steak

InstaPot Cube Steak and Gravy

Here’s a quick step by step but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too. Pound your eye of round steak or do the same for Pork Cube 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.
  • 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.

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 

If you wanted to add some heat to make it a bit spicy that is an option as well. I would use 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes for this. Taste and adjust at the end. 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!

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest getting a 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

Find more easy recipes on our Instant Pot beef recipes page here. You can use steaks of all kinds for things other than just cooking them plain. We share even more Instant Pot steak recipes here too!

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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

Equipment

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.
4.86 from 7 votes (2 ratings without comment)
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Nancy H

Sunday 10th of March 2024

Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it last night and it was delicious. I didn't cut my steaks up before cooking them, so I went with a full 20-minutes on high with a 20-minute natural release. They were super tender and perfect.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 10th of March 2024

oh yay!!

Roger Berry

Sunday 30th of July 2023

At last a Way to make cube steak that is not tough. Great flavor. Next time I will cut the steak into very large bite-size pieces. It was more like tasty beef tips when sliced into bite sizes. Will make this often thanks for the recipe.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 30th of July 2023

Glad it was a hit

Allison

Monday 29th of July 2019

Pure comfort food! Adding this to our regular dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing!

Renee Goerger

Monday 29th of July 2019

It's never easy to get a tender cube steak but your recipe nails it! Thanks for sharing!!

Samantha

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

So I just place 2 cups of rice over the mixture and added a little more broth and set to rice. I am hoping I can do it all in one!

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