This Instant Pot Low Carb Cube Steak and gravy is only 6 grams of net carbs and is made SO fast thanks to pressure cooking it in your Instant Pot! The beef becomes tender and the mushroom gravy is utterly divine! This recipe uses a LOT of cheats to make it easy and fast for those busy nights when you are stuck for dinner. The carbs are low but the flavour is amazing! The kids eat theirs on mashed potatoes and we eat it plain OR on cauliflower mash!
Low Carb Cube Steak
Eating low carb doesn't mean that you have to give up all of your vices and in fact I am of the opinion that the reason that a lot of people think that Keto and low carb eating are unsustainable is because they think it's eggs and bacon 7 times a week. Not only that, there are people that insist that you have to eat whole foods and clean the entire time. Well come on, is that TRULY SUSTAINABLE for the rest of your life? Of course not!
Karlynn won't give up her vice of canned cream of mushroom soup for anyone and she was happy to find out that a can only has 19 grams of carbs. When you put that into a sauce and dilute it? Adding in those 3-4 carbs to this dish gives it such a cheating, treat dinner feel.
What is cube steak?
- Cube steak is usually the top round or top sirloin cut of steak that has been tenderized by pounding it with a meat tenderizer. Sirloin steak isn’t usually the best cut of meat for tender steaks, so tenderizing it and flattening helps with the cooking process.
- Cube steak can be labeled as “minute steak” or “fast fry steak”. Those are thin pieces of tenderized steak that should be treated as cube steak for cooking purposes.
Which Instant Pot should I use to make Instant Pot Cube Steak & Gravy?
We recommend a 6 qt or higher Instant Pot such as the one pictured below. Certainly, this recipe should work with any kind of pressure cooker or Instant Pot but during recipe testing, this is the one we used. The 6 quart has a large enough capacity to make the cube steak and gravy.
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How do you make cube steak tender?
- The actual name of “cube steak” comes from the indentations that are left in the top of the steak from the tenderizer! You can see a meat tenderizer in action and see the 7 best meat tenderizers if you are interested in owning one or just learning about them! I think if you made a lot of jerky one of those machines would be awesome!
- Cube steak has to be cooked a long time in order to be tender and succulent, but if you have the time and the patience the reward is one amazing beef dish! That’s why this slow cooker cube steak recipe is the way to go. Cube steak tends to be a cheaper cut of meat to pick up and a lot of people ignore it as they fast fry it and wonder why it’s as tough as shoe leather. Let’s face it, when the grocery meat department labels them “fast fry”, what else are you supposed to think about the cooking methods?
- Technically, minute steak is supposed to be different. Cube steak is cut thin and tenderized with the distinctive cube shapes indented in it. Minute steak is cut thin and pounded. I have actually never bought a minute steak that was tenderized properly and I think the problem lies in the fact that butchers just pound on a piece of sirloin and call it minute steak.
Is cube steak the same as ground beef?
No, cube steak might look like ground beef in some photos in recipes, but that’s only because of the indentations on the top of the steaks that sometimes show.
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Instant Pot Low Carb Cube Steak and Gravy
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Cook Time
- 25 minutes
- Total Time
- 40 minutes
- Keto, low carb
- Karami Urbanoski
Instant Pot Cube Steak Ingredients
- 3 lbs cube steak 2-4 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup finely diced white onion
Instant Pot Mushroom Sauce
- 1 10.5 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 .75 oz gluten free powdered mushroom gravy mix
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 10 oz can button or sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 cup water
- Place the canola oil in the bottom of the Instant Pot and press the sautee button.
- Salt and pepper your cube steaks. When the oil is heated add in the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the cube steak to the frying Instant Pot, 2 or three at a time. Fry until brown then place on a plate., Fry all of the steak until it's browned on all sides. .
- In a large glass measuring cup whisk together all of the mushroom sauce ingredients until the gravy powder is mixed throughout and dissolved.
- Pour the mixture over the cube steaks and onions in the Instant Pot. Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot and seal.
- Cook on Manual high setting for 20 minutes.
- Let naturally release for 5 minutes, then release safely using a tea towel to cover the release valve.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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How do you keep it from going to Burn.. I have it on sealing and it goes to Burn tried it 3 times and it still does it.
Mike Johnston says
I’m not sure but perhaps try this troubleshooting guide: https://fastandslowcooking.com/20-simple-yet-effective-solutions-for-instant-pot-problems/
Nancy Spitznagle says
Use about 1/3 C of liquid to deglaze the pot after sauteing being sure to scrape up all the browned bits. That should stop the “burn” error.
Kathleen Swiszowski says
should i reduce the time, since I’m only using half the meat portion???