Smothered Round Steak with Gravy


This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook when I was a teenager. Mom taught me to cook over the phone, after I got home from school every day. She was working and I didn't think about it at the time, but later I realized my calls were reassuring to her, since she knew I was safely home. Even when Mom told me how to do it, I nearly always tweaked it! Most of the time, it turned out okay. Mashed potatoes and biscuits are perfect with this, along with a vegetable.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) tenderized round steak, cut into 6 pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste

  • ½ cup cooking oil, divided

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon beef base (such as Better than Bouillon®)

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cups milk


  1. Sprinkle each side of the round steak pieces with salt and pepper, rubbing seasoning into the meat.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup flour and garlic powder in a 1-gallon resealable bag. Add steak pieces, seal bag, and shake to evenly coat all the pieces.

  3. Heat 1/3 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add seasoned and floured steak pieces to the skillet in a single layer in batches and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and keep warm. Repeat with remaining pieces, adding more oil, if necessary, until all are browned.

  4. Add onion slices to the same skillet and stir, coating onions with pan drippings, until onion slices have separated and are just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Move onions to one side of the skillet and return browned steak pieces to the skillet. Spread steak evenly in the skillet and place onions on top.

  5. Stir together water, beef base, and Worcestershire sauce in a microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and pour into the skillet. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the steak is tender, about 45 minutes.

  6. Remove the steak from the skillet and add reserved 1/2 cup of flour to the pan drippings. Increase heat to medium; stir briskly and cook until bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Stir in milk and keep stirring until gravy bubbles again. Return steak, onions, and any accumulated juices to the skillet, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors are well combined, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

556 Calories
31g Fat
23g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 556
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 552mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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