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Cajun Smothered Steak

By |2020-09-30T10:49:27-05:00September 14th, 2020|Beef, Cajun, Entrees, Slow Cooker|12 Comments

This Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak is cooked low and slow in the Slow Cooker until it is fork-tender.  It is the perfect flavorful, hearty meal.

Ingredients Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 pounds round steak or cube steak
  • flour
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika
  • bell pepper
  • onions
  • garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lipton onion soup mix
  • Cajun Seasoning

  

Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak

 

Plate full of crock pot steak
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What is Slow Cooker Steak?

Smothered Steak is round or cube steak covered in onions and a rich brown gravy. Typically, you lightly flour the Steak and brown each side of it in a skillet.  You would then add your seasonings and gravy ingredients to the skillet.  After browning the Steak, I love to toss it in a slow cooker and then add my seasonings and gravy ingredients.  Cooking this smothered Steak in the slow cooker makes it fork-tender.

What is Cube Steak?

Cube steak or cubed steak is the cut of beef.  It is usually top round or top sirloin that is tenderized and flattened by pounding it thin.   It is the most common meat used for chicken fried steak and smothered steak.

What is Round Steak?

Round steak is a tougher, cheaper steak.  You can tenderize it like a cube steak by pounding it out.  The slow cooker is the perfect kitchen gadget to tenderize the round steak.  After cooking round steak in the slow cooker, you can cut it with a fork it is so tender.

Tenderize Round Steak without a Meat Mallet

Place the round steak in a resealable freezer bag, between two pieces of parchment paper, saran wrap, or wax paper.  Use one of the following to flatten and tenderize the steak.

  • Rolling Pin.  Beating your steak with a rolling pin works well, or have fun with one of the following.
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Saucepan

What ingredients did I add to make this Steak Cajun?

This Steak includes Cajun ingredients that explode with flavor from bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Cajun seasoning.  It is not spicy but incredibly flavorful.  Smothered Steak reminds me of living in the New Orleans area. The smell of the bell pepper, onions, and garlic penetrates throughout the house.  Everyone knows something Cajun is cooking.

Serve this Smothered Steak with rice or mashed potatoes.

When making this recipe, you have to have a starch to take advantage of the fantastic gravy.  An authentic Cajun would serve rice with smothered Steak.  They have rice with almost every meal.  Even though we lived in the New Orleans area, I grew up in South Alabama.  Growing up, we always had mashed potatoes or taters, as we often referred to them.  I still love potatoes, but I currently live in Arkansas.

Arkansas leads the nation in rice-producing.

Because I live in Arkansas, I love supporting the rice farmers by eating rice.  I have served smothered Steak over potatoes and rice, and it is truly a perfect combination with both of these sides.  Whether you choose rice or potatoes, it is a must with this Cajun Smothered Steak and gravy.  Green beans are an excellent side dish to serve with this Steak too.

How did I come up with this Slow Cooker Cajun Smothern Steak recipe?

Smothered Steak is a staple in the south.  I cooked it for years after adapting a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks. Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee. The recipe in the cookbook is called Beefsteak with onions in this cookbook.  The Steak is floured and browned on all sides. Next, add seasonings and onions to the skillet.  I took this same basic recipe but kicked it up with Cajun basics.  To a basic smothered steak recipe, I added garlic, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasonings, and a few other ingredients.  I tossed it all in a slow cooker instead of having to monitor the smothered Steak while it cooks on the stove.  It is always a huge hit.

Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak Cooking Tips

Use a six or 7-quart slow cooker to make this smothered Steak.

Do not merely season and flour the Steak and toss it in the slow cooker.  I have tried it that way, and it works, but browning the meat makes it so much better.

Be sure to mix the mushroom soup, onion soup mix, beef broth, Worcestershire, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and paprika before adding it to the slow cooker.  The slow cooker is so full not everything will be seasoned well if you do not stir it together first.

First Step: Brown Steak in Skillet

  • Salt and pepper the cube steak
  • Dip both sides in the flour and shake excess off
  • Heat a skillet with the vegetable oil.
  • Brown both sides of each piece of Steak. You do not have to cook the meat thoroughly. Just brown the outside.

Second Step: Add Ingredients to Slow Cooker

  • Spray the slow cooker with a cooking spray.
  • Next, layer the sliced onions and bell pepper on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Layer the steak on top of the onions and bell pepper.
  • Mix the mushroom soup, onion soup mix, beef broth, Worcestershire, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and paprika.
  • Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  • Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

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Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak

The flavor is amazing with the bell pepper, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Lipton onion soup mix and Cajun Seasoning.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun smothered steak, Cajun steak, crock pot steak, cube steak, easy recipe, round steak, slow cooker steak, smothered steak
Servings: 12
Calories: 299kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Salt and pepper the cube steak
  • Dip both sides in the flour and shake excess off
  • Heat a skillet with the vegetable oil.
  • Brown both sides of each piece of steak. You do not have to cook the meat until it is done. Just brown the outside.
  • Spray the slow cooker with a cooking spray.
  • Layer the sliced onions and bell pepper.
  • Layer the steak on top of the onions and bell pepper.
  • Mix the mushroom soup, onion soup mix, beef broth, Worcestershire, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and paprika.
  • Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  • Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Notes

Use a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker to make this smothered steak.
Do not simply season and flour the steak and toss it in the slow cooker.  I have tried it that way, and it works but browning the meat makes it so much better.
Be sure to mix the mushroom soup, onion soup mix, beef broth, Worcestershire, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and paprika together before adding it to the slow cooker.  The slow cooker is so full not everything will be seasoned well if you do not stir it together first.

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1383mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg

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Diane has been in love with cooking ever since she got tossed into the kitchen when she was 13 years old. At 13, Diane’s mom left her family. That experience leads her to discover her love for cooking. In 2011, she started a recipe blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread. She works full-time developing recipes for her food blog, and brands she uses and loves. Recipes For Our Daily Bread includes quick and easy recipes designed to help people have a homecooked meal around the table. Diane has a passion for building healthy families with communication. She believes one of the best places to communicate as a family and build trust is eating meals around the table.

12 Comments

  1. Michelle Williams March 7, 2018 at 10:17 PM - Reply

    Has anyone cook this recipe in a pressure cooker

    • Diane Roark March 10, 2018 at 11:19 AM - Reply

      Michelle,

      Thank you for stopping by Recipes For Our Daily Bread. I love this Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak but I have not cooked it in a pressure cooker. Honestly, I have never even thought about cooking it in a pressure cooker but you can bet I will be trying it. I love my pressure cooker as much as my slow cooker. I think this Cajun Smothered Steak with all the onion, celery, garlic, and seasonings would infuse even more into the meat using the pressure cooker. Hopefully, I can write about it soon.
      Thank you again for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment,
      Diane

  2. Johnna Davis January 27, 2018 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    Would it be possible to double (or more) this recipe? We are a family of 8- and 8 GOOD eaters.

    • Diane Roark January 28, 2018 at 8:52 AM - Reply

      Johnna,

      I love large families and always wanted one. I only have seven in my family. I have added a piece or two of cubed steak to this recipe but I have never doubled it. I am sure it would not fit in the slow cooker. You may have two slow cookers since you have a large family. If you do, I would suggest you make two large pot fulls.
      If your family enjoys Cajun food, they will love this Slow Cooker Cajun Smothered Steak.
      Many many blessings,
      Diane Roark

  3. Ryan April 5, 2017 at 8:45 AM - Reply

    Wow that looks absolutely delicious and love the photos! Steak has always been one of my favorite foods to cook! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Jean October 15, 2016 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    5 stars
    One of the best crock pot recipes I have ever tried. Extremely easy and the meat was fork tender with a wonderful flavor. This has just become a standard Sunday lunch meal

    • Diane Roark October 15, 2016 at 6:28 PM - Reply

      Jean,

      Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you made my slow cooker Cajun Smothered Steak. It is a very tasty meal. I was so excited to see you not only tried it but you like it. YOU MADE MY DAY!

      I sincerely thank you for leaving me a comment.
      Many many blessings,
      Diane

  5. rosie August 5, 2016 at 5:57 AM - Reply

    4 stars
    this looks phenominal!

  6. Tracy February 14, 2016 at 8:51 AM - Reply

    Always looking for new ways to use my Crockpot! This looks delicious!

  7. sachi January 25, 2016 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    4 stars
    Smothered Steak, i never tried it. But i will surely try it. It looks amazing.
    Amazing recipe Diane.

  8. Shelly January 15, 2016 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    5 stars
    I ended up adapting this recipe for the oven tonight. It was awesome, my husband and three of my kids loved it (the fourth is on vacation in Costa Rica). The gravy was perfect and had a slight hit of heat thanks to the cajun seasoning. This recipe is definitely a keeper! I served it over brown rice.

  9. Shelly January 14, 2016 at 10:20 PM - Reply

    5 stars
    This smothered steak looks amazing.

    How would you go about cooking it on the stovetop?

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