Slow Cooker Steak: Transform Tough Cuts Into a Tender Delight

Steak with broccoli and potatoes on a white plate

Are you ready to elevate your beef game? Look no further than this incredible slow cooker steak recipe. With just a few simple ingredients and your trusty crockpot, you can turn even the toughest cuts of meat into a tender and flavorful masterpiece. Join us on a journey to create a mouthwatering beef entree that will have everyone asking for seconds.

What Makes a Steak?

Any thick-cut slice of beef, or even fish, sliced across the grain is considered a steak. While higher quality cuts are best enjoyed through broiling or grilling at high heat, tougher cuts with different marbling create a more budget-friendly, yet equally delicious, option—perfect for slow cooking!

In this recipe, we embrace the versatility of steak. It works wonders with various cuts, including some of the more expensive ones, to let the true flavor of the beef shine through. Whether you’re using a ribeye, sirloin, or chuck steak, your taste buds are in for a treat.

A fajita that is being built with strips of beef and peppers on a flour tortilla

Your Shopping List: Simple Ingredients, Incredible Results

To create this amazing crockpot meal, gather the following ingredients:

  • Steak
  • Minced garlic
  • Steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray or a slow cooker liner

Head over to our recipe card for exact quantities and detailed instructions.

Raw steak topped with garlic in a slow cooker

How to Achieve the Best Crockpot Steak

Prepare to be amazed by the simplicity of this recipe. Start by adding steak sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper to the bottom of your slow cooker. Then, place the steaks on top, and cover them with the remaining sauce. Let your slow cooker work its magic while you go about your day. In just a few hours, your home will be filled with the tantalizing aroma of a perfectly cooked steak.

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Now, it’s important to note that if you’re searching for a rare steak or one with a charred finish from an open flame, this recipe may not be for you. However, if you’re looking to transform a tougher piece of meat into a mouthwatering steak meal, you’ve come to the right place.

Oblong white dish containing juicy-looking strips of steak and colorful peppers

Serving Suggestions: Elevating the Steak Experience

When it comes to pairing steak, potatoes are a classic choice. Consider adding a foil packet of string beans to the slow cooker for the last hour or so of cooking. Together with the potatoes, this will create a delightful one-pot steak dinner. For additional flavor and variety, you can also cook sliced onions and bell peppers alongside your steak.

If you’re in the mood for something different, try serving your slow cooker steak with white rice, mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or egg noodles. Additionally, cauliflower, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and corn on the cob can all be transformed into easy, delectable sides using your slow cooker. And don’t forget to top your slow cooker steak with toasted sesame seeds, caramelized onions, roasted green peppers, or red pepper flakes. Complete the meal with a simple salad, and your taste buds will be singing with delight.

Raw steak and potatoes in a slow cooker

Substitutions: Tailoring the Recipe to Your Taste

Feel free to experiment with this recipe by making a few substitutions. For a twist, swap out half of the Worcestershire sauce with red wine or beef broth. Adding a few tablespoons of soy sauce will give your steak a different flavor profile with minimal effort.

When it comes to cuts of beef, don’t hesitate to try top sirloin steaks, flank steaks, skirt steak, chuck steak, or round steaks. Each cut brings its own unique texture and flavor to the dish, allowing you to customize your slow cooker steak experience.

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Hints and Hacks for Steak Success

  1. Some recipes suggest searing the meat first, but we’re all about simplicity and minimizing dirty dishes. The slow cooker method yields delicious results even without searing. If your slow cooker has a searing setting, feel free to try both methods and let us know your preference in the comments below.

  2. To make cleanup a breeze, we recommend using a slow cooker liner. If you prefer not to use one, a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray will also help with cleanup.

  3. When adding the steak to your slow cooker, pour half of the steak sauce into the pot, add the garlic, and then pour the remaining sauce over the meat. This ensures that all sides of the steak are covered and infused with flavor.

  4. For added peace of mind, consider using a meat thermometer to ensure your steak is cooked to perfection. According to the USDA, beef is safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.

  5. If you’re in the market for a new slow cooker, we recommend one with a built-in thermometer for convenience and precision.

  6. The low heat setting on your slow cooker is ideal for achieving the most tender steak. Although you can cook steaks on high, the extended cooking time on low will produce the best results.

Note: While this Lazy Slow Cooker Steak may not replicate the taste of a perfectly grilled steak, it has become a fan favorite in its own right.

If you’ve tried making steak in your slow cooker, we would love to hear about your experiences. Share them with us in the comments below and let’s continue our steak journey together!

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