Mom’s Round Steak Recipe {Oven Baked}

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This easy recipe for Round Steak that’s Oven Baked is a tender round steak that is a great meal for any night of the week. Flavored and cooked slowly until it’s tender enough to pull apart with your fork. This recipe served with your favorite potato and with its own beef broth is pure comfort food.

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Round Steak Recipe Oven Baked

round steak recipe

What is Round Steak?

round steak is an inexpensive cut of steak that comes from the hind legs and rump of the cow. The cow uses these muscles quite frequently, so the meat is less tender because it is lean. However, tenderizing your steak is an easy task and well worth it for this cut of beef.

What is round steak used for?

  • Round steak is typically used in recipes that require steak to be cooked on low for a long period of time – like crockpot recipes, low oven temperatures, and stew recipes

Is Round Steak tough to eat?

This particular cut of steak is lean and less tender. You can easily tenderize the meat before cooking it and allow for a slow, and low cooking process which also helps to soften the meat and make it fork-tender. Using a crockpot would be a terrific way to establish the low and slow method of heat for this cut of beef.

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How do you tenderize round steak?

  • use a meat tenderizer to pound the steaks – just give each side a few whacks to break down the tough muscle fiber
  • Marinade the steak for an hour or more – using acidic flavors like vinegar and lemon juice help to break down the proteins in the meat
  • use salt – salt creates a natural brine for meat
  • cook low and slow
  • slice against the grain – to get the most tender cuts of meat for your mouth to chew on, slice pieces that cut the muscle fibers giving your mouth less of a workout

Can I substitute another cut of beef for a round steak?

Although they might be more expensive than the round cut, top round steak, chuck (or shoulder), New Youk Strip or even ground round can be substituted.

How do you use a Meat Mallet to tenderize steak?

Place your cut of beef evenly on your work surface and simply give it a few good pounds with the mallet. The mallet breaks up the fibers in the beef, making it easier to chew.

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What are some good methods to tenderize steaks?

  • Anything that has acid like vinegar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, or even Coca-Cola can break down proteins in the steak
  • The ideal time to marinade a steak is for about two hours – anything longer than a day can have the reverse effect and toughen the meat
  • Don’t forget salts and spices to help further tenderize and flavor steaks

What kind of skillet should I use to cook my round steaks in?

Cast iron skillets are best for cooking steak in. The cast iron retains heat well and will brown the steak more evenly.

How can I thicken the gravy for my round steak?

Thickening gravy is easy to do. Simply mix 2 Tbsp. of flour with 1 Tbsp. of water to make a paste. Whisk well to get any lumps out. You can add some of the warm juices from your steak to your flour mixture and whisk them well before adding the flour and water to the pan. This helps avoid lumps in your gravy. Finally, add the flour and water mixture to the pan of juices and boil until thickened.

Cornstarch is another thickening agent that you can use. Mix the cornstarch with water much like you would the flour before adding it to the pan of juices and cooking it to thicken. Be aware that cornstarch tends to thicken much more than all-purpose flour does.

What if I get lumps in my gravy?

If you get lumps in your gravy, simply place another pan on the stovetop, place a strainer over the pan and pour your lumpy gravy through the strainer. The strainer should catch any lumps while letting the thinned-out gravy through the holes.

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What are some good side dishes that I can make to go with my steak?

  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans
  • corn on the cob
  • mixed vegetables
  • side salad
  • warm bread

Are you ready to make the recipe? Let’s make sure you have all of the ingredients…

  • 2 pounds of round steak
  • salt and pepper
  • bay leaves
  • butter
  • dry onion soup mix
  • mushrooms – canned or fresh


  • foil to cover the pan
  • baking dish
  • skillet

Here’s a quick video to show you how I made this recipe:

Here’s the recipe for you…

round steak recipe

Mom’s Round Steak Recipe {Oven Baked}

Delicious slow cooked tender round steak. Perfect over mashed potatoes.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 267 cal


  • 2 pounds round steak
  • all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. butter – unsalted
  • 1 6 oz. can of mushroom slices – drained
  • 1/2 tsp. each of salt and pepper Approximately
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • water amount will vary


  • If steak is not in individual pieces – cut steak
  • *optional, but a good idea – Use a mallet to pound both sides of the steak – just enough to break up the muscle
  • pour a scant amount of flour on a plate
  • sprinkle about half of your salt and pepper on the flour and mix in with a fork
  • use tongs to coat the steak on both sides with flour
  • melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • brown steak on both sides
  • place steak in a 9×13 inch pan
  • add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook them until tender – about one 1-minute longer
  • place mushrooms, scrapings, and any juice from the pan over the steaks
  • Add water until it is about 1/4 inch deep in the pan
  • place bay leaves in the water
  • shake onion soup mix, plus the rest of your salt, and pepper over the steaks and into the water
  • cover with foil
  • bake at 325 degrees for 1&1/2 hours or until tender


Nutrition facts are only an estimate 
*thick steaks may take about another 30 minutes to become tender
Serving suggestion: serve over mashed potatoes


Calories: 267calCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 35gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 623mgPotassium: 582mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 3mg
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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Michele

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I was so happy after I made this, the meat was melt in your mouth. A big hit with the hubby and super simple,,,2 thumbs up!

    1. Melissa

      Hubby Approved! That’s the best compliment. Thank you for coming back to rate it and leave me the best comment!

  2. Jamie

    5 stars
    So tender and delicious! I substitute red wine for water and served it with a side of potatoes au gratin. TY for this amazing and easy recipe!

  3. Lorrie

    5 stars

  4. Marilynn Blair

    5 stars
    Followed the recipe as written. I checked it at 1 hrs 30 min bake time. But baked it another 20 min longer, turned out great. Will be using this recipe again..

  5. Kathleen Chronert

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner this evening nothing is left my husband just loved the meal,easy and delicious thanks for a great recipe

  6. Kathleen Chronert

    5 stars
    Made this wonderful meal,my husband tells me I have to make it again,thanks for a great easy meal

    1. Melissa Haines

      This makes me so happy! Thank you for letting me know you and your husband enjoyed it so much. 🙂