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Old Fashioned Swiss Steak like Grandma used to make. Simple, wholesome and delicious // Karista's Kitchen

There is nothing quite like a colorful and fresh Farmer’s Market brimming with excited patrons eager to find the best local produce, meat and fish.

I adore walking through the market with my bags in hand, senses alert and ready to score the next best pint of cherry tomatoes or shiny dark green poblanos.  

Old Fashioned Swiss Steak like Grandma used to make. Simple, wholesome and delicious // Karista's Kitchen

One beautiful sunny day Sunday in June the Bennett Crew and I headed up to the Roslyn, Washington Farmer’s Market.  Roslyn, Washington was once known on television as Cicely, Alaska.  Our very own Roslyn was the backdrop for the TV series Northern Exposure.  Little did I know back then (in the early 90’s) that someday I’d actually live down the highway from that cute little town.

A quick picture with Ranger Craig and Suzie Q

While walking the market, I spotted Heirloom Cattle Company.  The Peplow family raises grass-fed beef in Eastern, Wa on organic native grass pasture.   By this point, I was completely overcome with excitement. My Old Fashioned Swiss Steak was going to be fabulous.

Out of the corner of my eye,  I see my two gals quickly wandering away hoping no one would know we’re related.  I do get a little beside myself when it comes to local, organic, naturally raised, or grass fed.  Those few words can light me up like a Christmas tree.

Rancher Peplow of Heirloom Cattle Company

After my enthusiasm toned down a bit and I was able to rein myself in, I had the chance to talk with Rancher Peplow about his beautiful cattle ranch.  Heirloom Cattle Company raises grass-fed cattle with no antibiotics, hormones, or grain; “The result is natural high quality beef that protects the environment”.   A Healthier alternative, especially for those sensitive to grains.

Before we said goodbye, Rancher Peplow kindly gave me a package of his grass-fed beef brats to test and along with those brats I found the perfect cut of round steak for my Old Fashioned Swiss Steak recipe, the one my Grandmother used to make.

I love when a visit to the farmer’s market is successful. 🙂  And delicious!

Loads of Love,


Old Fashioned Swiss Steak

Serving Size: 4

Old Fashioned Swiss Steak


  • 2 pounds bottom round steak or cube steak
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (*for a gluten free version, skip this step and just pound out the steaks)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil or bacon drippings
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (love this stuff!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
  • Place the flour* into a pie plate or shallow dish. Dust the pieces of meat on both sides in the flour mixture. Cover the meat with plastic wrap and pound out the steaks until they are thinner pieces. Then dredge the pounded slices through the flour on both sides once more and set aside.
  • Add enough of the oil to just cover the bottom of a 4 to 5-quart Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the steaks to the pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook until golden brown on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove the steaks to a plate and repeat until all of the steaks have been browned.
  • Remove the last steaks from the pot and add the onions and garlic. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Next add the tomatoes, paprika, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth and stir to combine.
  • Return the meat to the pot, submerging it in the liquid. Cover the pot and place it in the oven on the middle rack. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling apart.
  • This dish is fabulous served with creamy polenta, brown rice, pasta, garlic mashers or egg noodles.
  • Notes

    I highly recommend trying this recipe with grass-fed beef. I used a grass-fed round steak, pounded out a bit to tenderize. A cube steak is also a great cut of beef for this recipe.

    Recipe adapted from Alton Brown and my Grandmother. 🙂

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    July 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

    That looks amazing!

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      July 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Megan. Hope you enjoy!

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    Flannery B.
    December 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Made this tonight and it was great! Even got my six year old to eat the tomatoes. Thanks for a great recipe.

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      December 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Flannery! That makes me so happy to hear your six year old loved the dish too. Checked out your blog and it’s now one of my faves! Love it. I’ll share your url on my facebook page. Delicious Wishes!

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    April 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    My husband made this for dinner tonight! It is super delicious I can’t stop eating it. Thank you for sharing!

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      May 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Briana, You are so welcome! So happy you loved the Old Fashioned Swiss Steak. One of our family favorites. Happy May!

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    December 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I ran across this recipe on Pinterest and I want to thank you very much! This brought back so many memories as my mom would make it all the time. I did, however, add chopped celery to the sauce…then carrots during the last hour and sliced mushrooms the last 30 minutes! Served with mashed potatoes and homemade corn bread…..It was to die for!

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      December 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Julia, You just made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how much you loved the recipe. I love your version with the celery, carrots and mushrooms! Fantastic! Wishing you the happiest of Holiday seasons. Karista

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    March 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This was delicious! I omitted the flour. Thanks for the recipe.

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      March 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Lindsey! I’m so happy you liked the recipe. I’ve omitted the flour on occasion and it cooks up just fine. Delicious Wishes! Karista

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    July 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    My step mom made swiss steak a lot and it was never a favorite of mine. Since I haven’t had it in ages I found your recipe and surprisingly I loved it. My boyfriend does too. Delicious thank you.

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      July 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Tammie you are so welcome. I’m thrilled you love this recipe. It holds a special place at our table and it’s one of my family’s favorites as well. Thank you for taking the time to comment! Delicious Wishes, Karista

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    Amanda Miller-Robertson
    October 24, 2015 at 12:23 am

    This sounds scrumptious! I’ve been searching for a recipe that is similar to the Swiss steak I remember from childhood.

    Would this recipe be okay prepared in a slow cooker? If so, how long would I cook this, with both the high and low settings?

    Thank you so much.

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      October 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Amanda, Thank you for your comment. This is one of our family favorites at home. 🙂 Yes, I think preparing this in the slow cooker would be fine, however I would use skirt, flank or another more fat marbled cut of beef. If you have a lot of liquid after cooking in the slow cooker, remove the liquid to a sauce pan and reduce to your desired consistency. Hope this helps!

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    April 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Swiss Steak is my favorite comfort food, I loved it as a child and still do! I have always added a green pepper – once those onions and green peppers cook down, the sauce is awesome on mashed potatoes. I never used Worcestshire Sauce but I think that would enhance the overall flavor. Can’t wait to make it again!

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      April 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Maureen, Swiss Steak was always one of my favorite comfort foods as well. I love peppers and on occasion I’ve encountered them in a Swiss Steak recipe. I think that’s the lovely thing about these vintage recipes. Home cooks truly made them their own by adjusting ingredients and seasonings. I think that’s what makes them so special. Delicious wishes and thanks for commenting! Karista

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