If you’re searching for a fancy steak dinner on a budget, you have to try these round steak recipes.
They’re super tender, wonderfully flavorful, and incredibly decadent.
Keep this list close by any time you want steak for dinner.
Because there’s no need to sacrifice flavor just because you’re trying to save money on groceries.
Instead, skip the pricey ribeye and try round steak instead. It’s comforting, budget-friendly, and an all-around crowd-pleaser.
From takeout-inspired meals to fancy steakhouse feasts, these round steak recipes will satisfy your whole family.
15+ Tender Recipes With Round Steak We Adore
Some of the best meals around are made in a Crock-Pot. And this one’s no exception.
This steak and mushroom dish is effortless, and the whole family will love it.
Thanks to the low and slow cook, the meat is fall-apart tender and infused with a ton of flavor. Plus, the sauce is full of delicious onions, making it super rich.
Mashed potatoes are a phenomenal side dish for this meal. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try mashed celery root!
Beef stroganoff originated in Russia but has become a popular dish around the world.
It starts with perfectly cooked steak strips and a sour cream gravy with mushrooms and onions.
Egg noodles serve as the base, making it hearty and satisfying.
My whole family loves this dish. It’s the ultimate comfort food.
Country fried steak (aka chicken fried steak) may be a diner classic, but it’s easy to make at home too.
You’ll tenderize round steak before breading it with a buttermilk crust. Then it’s fried to golden brown perfection.
Use the pan drippings to make a creamy and flavorful gravy, smother it on top, and you’ll be in steak heaven.
Oven-baked round steak is simple, delicious, and only calls for five ingredients.
The gravy features cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and brown gravy mix. It’s a simple combination with fantastic flavor.
Better yet, the oven does most of the work, so you don’t have to babysit the stove.
Saucy, tender, and delightfully comforting, this smothered round steak recipe is an incredible meal.
Between the rich meat, hearty mushrooms, and tasty onions, it’s a sure-fore winner.
And you’ll cook the steak at a low temperature, so it’s ridiculously tender. Seriously, this stuff melts in your mouth.
You will love how fork-tender these tasty pieces of steak are.
The honey balsamic sauce is fantastic and gets absorbed by the meat, leaving you with immense flavor in every bite.
Serve it with roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon and onions for a complete and scrumptious meal.
On the hunt for a weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy? Try this round steak and gravy recipe.
I love how simple the ingredients are, yet the finished product is beyond delish.
Make this in the Instant Pot for a quick and easy dinner. It’s the best (and fastest) way to ensure your meat is fork-tender.
I usually make stir-fries when I have a bunch of leftover veggies that need cooking.
But this is one I plan for. And it’s one helluva meal.
The secret to such a fantastic dish is to marinade the meat in a blend of garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
It’s complex, savory, and umami-rich.
Throw in bright green snow peas and tender mushrooms, and you’ll enjoy this lunch or dinner to the very last bite.
This isn’t the same round steak as the others on the list. It’s known as bottom round steak, and (obviously) it’s not beef.
But it is extremely tasty!
This Parmesan-crusted venison is a sophisticated and creative dish. But don’t let that scare you – it’s easier than you think and so worth it!
The crust is a spectacular combination of Parmesan cheese, Panko breadcrumbs, and the perfect mix of spices.
In order to get the crust to stick to the steak, you’ll have to dip it in butter. Okay, twist my arm…
I would be thrilled if somebody made this dish for me. I think it’s ideal for a date night or a nice dinner party.
Heck, you could even serve this as a holiday meal alternative. It’s that impressive!
10. Swiss Steak
Swiss steak has a delightful sauce that’s slightly different from the others.
This gravy is made from tomatoes and packed with delicious, juicy, and fresh flavors.
Along with the sauce, the tender steak mingles with carrots and onions.
Make this in the Crock-Pot if you’re not in the mood to cook. Just set it and forget it!
11. Pepper Steak
Thanks to this yummy pepper steak, there’s no need to call for takeout tonight!
The meat is nicely marinated in a yummy sauce. Then it’s sautéed with bell peppers and onions.
Pepper steak is quick and easy, and it’s a total crowd pleaser. Serve it with noodles or fried rice.
And don’t forget the dumplings!
12. Beef Lo Mein
Beef lo mein is perfect for when you have no idea what to make for dinner.
It’s as easy as marinating the meat, tossing in some veggies, and frying it up with noodles.
This recipe calls for mushrooms, snap peas, and peppers, but you can add anything from broccoli and cauliflower to sweet potato and corn.
And if you’re looking for a low-carb lo mein, try using spaghetti squash instead of noodles!
London broil is an incredible way to prepare round steak.
It’s perfect for holidays or special occasions and packs a wallop of flavor in every bite.
Between the Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasonings, this recipe has it all. But don’t worry, there’s nothing “unusual” on the ingredient list.
Most of them are pantry or fridge staples, which come together in a snap.
Serve this with your favorite veggies and some crispy roasted potatoes. Yum!
Beef stew reminds me of rainy days when I was a kid.
There’s nothing like coming home, changing into warm, dry clothes, and sitting down to a bowl of hot stew.
With carrots, potatoes, and peas, this hearty dish will keep you warm no matter what the weather is like.
I’ll always have a spot in my heart for this comforting recipe. And I know you’ll love it too.
15. Steak Fingers
Steak fingers are a super casual dinner option. And let’s be honest, you wouldn’t want to waste an expensive ribeye on this deep-fried dish.
Not that it’s not tasty! It’s just not the kind of recipe made for a $30 steak.
That said, if chicken fingers are your go-to, you have to try this recipe. They’re tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
They’re also perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce like Ranch or country gravy.
Have you ever made your own jerky? It’s easier than you think!
This Korean twist on traditional jerky is terrific, and it’s even better made at home because you know exactly what’s in it.
Make sure to marinate the meat well – overnight if you can. This is what gives the steak such great flavor once it’s smoked.
This Chinese takeout classic is one of my go-to’s. But now that I can make it at home, I hardly ever order it in.
Round steak is perfect for this since it’s budget-friendly. It’s easy to make it nice and tender, and it goes so well with perfectly cooked broccoli.
Serve this dish with steamed rice to let the flavors shine, or go for the complete take-out feast and make some fried rice. Either way, it’s a keeper.
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