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12 Best Round Steak Recipes for Budget- and Family-Friendly Meals

Round steak doesn't hang in posh, fine dining establishments with it's classy cousins filet mignon and NY strip. Round steak is more comfortable in the home kitchen. Unlike well-marbled steaks, top round steaks are lean and much less expensive. They're not as tender as fancy steaks, so they take well to tenderizing marinades and flavorful slow braises. These top-rated round steak recipes bring out the best in this budget- and family-friendly cut of beef.

1. Barbarian Beef

"If you've ever wanted to channel your inner barbarian and cook a large hunk of meat right on the coals, no grill, then this is the recipe for you," says Chef John. "The flavor of this beef lands somewhere between grilled and smoked, and I've got a great garlicky, acidic pepper sauce to go with it. Try this recipe with your sauce of choice, from chimichurri to barbeque. You can't go wrong!" Cut it thin, and enjoy on sandwiches!

Barbarian Beef

Photo by Chef John

2. Asian Beef with Snow Peas

"Stir-fried beef with snow peas in a light gingery sauce," says MARBALET. "Serve over steamed rice or hot egg noodles."

Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Round Steak and Gravy

This recipe calls for baking in the oven, but for a delicious dinner in half that time, use the pressure cooker. "The meat is so tender and moist and the gravy is so flavorful," says COOKINGQUEEN75. "Instead of baking it in the oven, I use my pressure cooker. This is wonderful with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles."

Round Steak and Gravy

Photo by bd.weld

4. Chinese Pepper Round Steak

This simple stir-fry is on the table in an hour! Strips of round steak sizzle with green peppers and are served in a savory tomato sauce. "A simple meal that is different from other pepper steak recipes that I have found," says TUNA'S MOM. "Tastes even better on the second day! I have also poured the rice directly into the pot and let it simmer. It soaks up the tomato mixture and is especially good this way."

Chinese Pepper Round Steak

Photo by Joey Joan

5. Slow Cooker Tender and Yummy Round Steak

You'll cut boneless round steak into serving-size pieces and cook with carrots, potatoes, and onions in a mushroom-soup and dry-onion-soup-based sauce. Katy says, "Tender and tasty economical top round or bottom round steak cooked in a rich tasting gravy with vegetables."

Slow Cooker Tender and Yummy Round Steak

Photo by homeschooler3

6. Round Steak Sauerbraten

Here's a simplified version of sauerbraten. Strips of top round steak are browned and simmered in a flavorful vinegar, brown-gravy mix, and spices. "This isn't traditional Sauerbraten, but a great, easy substitute using round steak," says Kathy MacDonald. "Try serving over buttered noodles. If your crew is really hungry, then double the recipe. The single recipe is never enough for my family of four." Add a little sour cream at the end.

Round Steak Sauerbraten

Photo by Jax

7. London Broil for the Slow Cooker

This saucy London broil takes almost no time to prep. Put your ingredients in the slow cooker and come on home to a tender, flavorful beef dinner. "Super way to utilize a low cost cut of beef," says BIRDDOG95370. "Added cooked egg noodles at the end and served it over a toasted french bread bun. YUM YUM!"


8. Steak Fingers

Bite-size strips of round steak are battered and fried. "Easy to make and a favorite of my family," says SAMME. "Excellent with french fries and a salad!!"

Steak Fingers

Photo by footballgrl16

9. Swiss Steak

Round steak is simmered with tomatoes, green bell pepper, and onions. "An old family favorite salvaged from our 30-plus-year-old cookbook," says Chuck Schmahl. "We like this served over egg noodles. I like to increase the tomatoes to a 15 ½-ounce can, and I use a full green pepper and add a teaspoon of paprika."

Swiss Steak

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

10. Sesame Beef

"Strips of round steak and chopped scallions are marinated with soy sauce and garlic, then quickly stir fried with sesame seeds," says LMEC623. "Add a little sesame oil to the marinade if you like that flavor. Serve with rice."

Sesame Beef

Photo by CookinBug

11. Restaurant Style Beef and Broccoli

"This is my go-to recipe when I want Chinese food without having to go out," says Dianne. "Very easy and delicious. Substituting chicken for the beef works great too. Serve over rice."

Restaurant Style Beef and Broccoli

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

12. Chicken Fried Steak II

Pound round steaks to tenderize them, then dip them in evaporated milk and flour pan fry. "Green hot pepper sauce is added to this chicken fried steak to give a hint of spice," says Krissy. "Best served with mashed potatoes and gravy and biscuits."

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