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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak - Fork-tender beef cooked in the crockpot with a rich delicious onion and mushroom gravy. Pure comfort food!

A few weeks ago, I shared a story about the time that my husband Jack was eavesdropping on a conversation between a group of moms at my daughter’s dance class! (If you missed that story, you can read about it here.) Today’s Slow Cooker Swiss Steak recipe is another delicious recipe inspired by that conversation.

This Slow Cooker Swiss Steak recipe meets all of the criteria that busy mothers (like the ones my husband listened to during dance class) are looking for in a slow cooker recipe! It’s delicious and simple to prepare. It has a long cooking time – so all of the ingredients can be thrown together in the crockpot in the morning, cook all day while you are at work, and the dish will be ready at night when everyone is home from work and after-school activities!

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak - Fork-tender beef cooked in the crockpot with a rich delicious onion and mushroom gravy. Pure comfort food!

This recipe was adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen.  Although this recipe calls for pre-cooking the onions and mushrooms before you add them to the slow cooker, you can do that in advance the night before.  So – before heading out the door in the morning, all you need to do is add the steaks to the slow cooker, then turn it on to cook all day!

This Slow Cooker Swiss Steak is fork-tender beef in a super flavorful gravy with onions and mushrooms! We show it served with our Asiago Potato Stacks, but a more simple side of perfect mashed potatoes is equally delicious!

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak - A Family Feast

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6


Note: This slow cooker recipe requires some pre-cooking. If cooking this during the day for dinner that night, you can save time by doing the pre-cooking the night before if you’d like.


  • 6 8-ounce blade steaks, about an inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 ½ pounds button mushrooms sliced thin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ pounds onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dry
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sweet paprika
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ cup dry sherry (cream sherry can be used in a pinch, but dry is preferable in this dish)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. Each blade steak has a line of gristle running down the center. To remove, cut each steak in half along the line of gristle and then with a sharp knife, slice off and discard the line of gristle on each piece. Then lay the steaks out on a plate and salt and pepper if cooking right away. If not cooking until the next day, do not season until then.

Pre-cooking steps:

  1. In a large 12 inch skillet with a tight fitting lid over medium high heat, place one tablespoon of oil, all of the mushrooms and the salt. Stir, cover and cook for five minutes. The mushrooms will give up a lot of water. Remove cover and cook for 5-10 minutes until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms get dry and browned. Remove from heat and place in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In same pan, heat remaining oil with onions, thyme and paprika. Cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
  3. Add flour and cook for one minute.
  4. Slowly add stock and sherry while whisking until combined. Remove from heat and add to slow cooker.
  5. At this point, if you are prepping the night before, refrigerate slow cooker bowl and steaks until morning.

Starting the Slow Cooker

  1. When ready to cook, place slow cooker bowl into slow cooker.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of steaks and plunge into mushroom and onion mixture until completely submerged under mixture.
  3. Cover and set timer to low for eight hours or high for five hours. After allotted time, check for doneness and cook longer if needed. On low, ours took exactly eight hours.
  4. Remove meat to a platter and tent with foil.
  5. Let slow cooker mixture rest for five minutes then skim any fat from top and discard.
  6. Add cream and parsley to mushroom and onion mixture and stir.
  7. To serve, place beef steaks on dinner plates and top with the mushroom and onion mixture. Sprinkle with additional chopped fresh thyme or parsley.
  8. We show our steaks served with Asiago Potato Stacks.

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  • Mariellen wrote:

    Just put this recipe together and it smells great. How can I change the recipe for 4 servings? Thank you.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Mariellen – We estimate this recipe to serve 4 to 6 depending on the size of the portion. You could always just cook 4 pieces of beef and keep the sauce portion the same – I think that would be easier than trying to cut the recipe ingredients by 1/3rd as the measurement would not be standard measurements.

  • Marian wrote:

    Hello, thanks for recipe! Just wanted you to know that a blade steak in my part of the country is a cubed steak. So I took out sirloins and used them because I had defrosted them, however dinner smells divine!

    • Jack wrote:

      You are very welcome, hope you enjoy it.

  • Lee triplett wrote:

    I made this last night. I followed the directions pretty much the same except the store didnt have blade steak, so i used boneless ribs. OMG this was so good. Flavors were great, and yes you do have to cook the mushrroms beforehand. I did it all the night before, started the cooker in the morning and it was so tender. Served it with a side of rice and a tossed salad. Husband loved it, he had the leftovers the next day and didnt share,(so rude. Lol)

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for writing to us Lee! We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen) wrote:

    Anything that I can make in my crock pot is a winner in my book. I love having dinner ready when we are, and there’s the added bonus of the whole house smelling like yummy things! Can’t wait to try this one!

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you enjoy the recipe Dee Dee!

  • Rachel @ The Stay At Home Chef wrote:

    I love slow cooker meals that are beautiful! Not only is this beautiful, but judging by the ingredient list, it is going to taste just as good as it looks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Jill Silverman Hough wrote:

    I have to admit, Martha, I don’t do much Swiss steak nor slow cooking, but one look at your dish and I’m craving both. I just subscribed and look forward to more of your beautiful food!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Jill! We’re glad to have you following along!

  • Christie wrote:

    This is the perfect meal to come home to on a cold day. I bet the house will smell so good from the swiss steak cooking all day.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Christie – that is the best part of any slow cooker recipe…the wonder smells that fill the house when you walk in the door!

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop wrote:

    Slow cooker meals have definitely saved me on many days. This looks like a good one to try. Your pics are beautiful!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Kathy!

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