Round Steak And Gravy

A simple old fashioned recipe made modern by using the instant pot instead of having it cook low and slow in the crock pot or oven.

Delicious served with mashed potatoes and corn or buttered egg noodles.


  • 4 to 6 slices of round steak
  • 2 pouches of onion gravy
  • 2 cup of hot water
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tbsp of butter


Step 1: Use a skillet and 1 tsp of butter to sear off both sides of your round steak.

(I only cooked these on each side for 2 to 3 minutes.)

Step 2: In your Instant Pot, sauté the onions and the garlic in 1 tbsp of Butter.

Step 3: Add the slices of meat to the pot.

Step 4: Add the two pouches of the gravy to 2 cup of hot water and dissolve. Pour the mixture over the meat and onions.

Step 5: Set your Instant Pot to the meat setting and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.

Step 6: Release the steam and you are ready to serve.


Choosing the Right Cut: Opt for round steak, a lean cut, for this recipe. Tenderize it if needed by pounding or using a meat tenderizer.

Seasoning the Steak: Season the steak generously with salt, pepper, and any additional herbs or spices of your choice for added flavor.

Flour Coating: Coat the steak with flour before browning. This not only adds a golden crust but also helps thicken the gravy later.

Searing for Flavor: Sear the round steak in a hot skillet to lock in juices and develop a flavorful crust. Do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.

Aromatics for Depth: Saute onions, garlic, or shallots in the same pan after searing the steak. These aromatic ingredients add depth to the gravy.

Liquid Selection: Use a combination of beef broth, water, or even red wine for the liquid base. This enhances the richness of the gravy.

Slow Simmering: Allow the steak to simmer in the liquid for an extended period, ensuring it becomes tender and absorbs the flavors.

Thickening the Gravy: Mix a slurry of flour and water or cornstarch and water to thicken the gravy to your desired consistency.


1. Can I use a slow cooker for this recipe?

Yes, a slow cooker is ideal for this dish. Follow the same steps until searing, then transfer everything to the slow cooker for a longer, low-temperature cook.

2. How do I know when the steak is tender?

The steak is tender when it can be easily pierced with a fork. This may take 1.5 to 2 hours of simmering.

3. Can I add vegetables to the dish?

Absolutely! Carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms are great additions. Add them during the simmering phase to allow them to absorb the flavors.

4. What sides pair well with Round Steak And Gravy?

Mashed potatoes, rice, or buttered egg noodles are classic choices to soak up the delicious gravy.

5. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, the flavors often improve when made ahead. Reheat gently on the stove, adding a bit of water or broth if needed.

6. Can I use a different cut of meat?

While round steak is traditional, you can experiment with other cuts like chuck or sirloin for different textures.

7. How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

8. Can I freeze the cooked Round Steak And Gravy?

Yes, allow it to cool completely, then freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.