Swiss Steak With Mushrooms, Onions, & Gravy

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

It is a variation of the dish which my mother made all my life and which I have continued to make my entire marriage. Since there are so few Swiss Steak recipes here with gravy I decided to share this one.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 large round steak, about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 (2 ounce) can mushrooms, with liquid
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • water, as indicated in instructions
  • 1 12 cups flour
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt
  • 12-1 teaspoon black pepper (according to taste desired)
  • 14-12 cup vegetable oil, for browning the meat


  1. Cut meat into 6-8 large sized pieces (meat will shrink).
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in a medium sized dish.
  3. In a 12 inch skillet heat the vegetable oil until medium hot over medium high heat.
  4. Dredge meat in the flour mixture well on both sides.
  5. Brown the meat in the oil well on both sides.
  6. There should be enough room in the skillet to brown all the meat at once.
  7. Turn the heat down to medium low.
  8. Pour the mushrooms and liquid over the meat.
  9. Top the mushrooms with the sliced onions.
  10. Cover and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the meat is tender.
  11. NOTE**** add water 1/2 cup at a time about every 15 minutes to keep the meat cooking with moist heat.
  12. When meat is tender turn off heat and remove meat from pan.
  13. Add 3-3 1/2 cups of cold water to the remaining flour which wasn't using with dredging.
  14. Stir well to remove lumps.
  15. Slowly add to the drippings in the pan.
  16. Stir constantly over medium heat until thickened.
  17. If gravy is too thick add more water-- if too thin add more flour mixed with cold water.
  18. Taste and add more salt, pepper/and or beef flavoring as desired.
  19. Turn heat down to low and gently slide the meat back into the gravy.
  20. Heat until the meat is hot again and serve.
  21. Great with mashed potatoes or steamed rice.
  22. OPTIONAL Hint: I often add a couple teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet to the finished gravy to give it more color. I decided I should add a note about this in case others would like this helpful hint.


Most Helpful

This was simple and easy to make! I followed the directions exactly and everything turned out fantastic... the gravy thickened quickly and the steak was as moist and tender as a round steak can get! Make sure you get a BIG round steak for this recipe, it makes loads of gravy. Thanks, Carrol!

Cookie Lane August 27, 2009

An old family favourite for us too! I didn't use all the flour or oil in the recipe, my piece of steak was not that large. I always use fresh mushrooms, just don't like canned; sauteed them first and set aside until the gravy was made. I used beef broth instead of water and simmered the meat until tender, then thickened the mixture and added the mushrooms just before serving. Served with mashed potatoes and carrots.

Elly in Canada May 02, 2008

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a