Baked Smothered Round Steak Recipe Is Inspired By the American Heart Association | Beef


Being from Texas, we love our steak, but we’re also trying to eat healthier. When I came across a recipe in an American Heart Association cookbook for round steak with sour cream gravy, I knew I had to try it. This is my variation of that beef recipe. I made a few changes (see Recipe Notes) and was deliciously surprised with the results.

To make this baked smothered round
steak recipe you will need boneless top round steak, flour, chili powder, black pepper, olive oil, an onion, garlic, low-fat sour cream, cornstarch (the thickening agent), brown sugar and hot sauce. The steak is browned in a skillet on the stovetop, then put into a casserole dish. Cook the onions and garlic for a few minutes and pour them over the top of the steaks. Whisk together the gravy ingredients, pour that over the steaks and bake for one hour.

These tender steaks with a creamy slightly sweet with a little heat gravy are perfect over a bed of rice or potatoes. I served mine for
dinner with brown rice and sautéed broccoli. And to me, these are smothered steaks, so I changed the name, too!

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Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound boneless top round steak, quartered 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

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Recipe Notes

  • The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. That, for me, was too much. I cut it in half to 1 tablespoon, but think you could even leave it out completely.

  • The original recipe called for canola oil, but I prefer to use olive oil.

  • The original recipe called for 2/3 cup all-purpose flour. That’s too much. I cut that in half and still have some flour left on the plate. You just want to dust the steaks in flour to help them brown.

  • If you want thinner gravy, add more water as it bakes. The gravy is somewhat thick.

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. On a plate or in a shallow dish, stir together the flour, chili powder and black pepper. Season with salt, if desired.
  2. Dip the pieces of steak into the flour to lightly coat both sides. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the steaks.
  3. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned (they will not be cooked through yet).
  4. Put the steaks into a baking dish.
  5. In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and garlic. Season with black pepper. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes or until onions soften.
  6. Pour the onions and garlic over the top of the steaks.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together all the gravy ingredients. Pour it over the steaks.
  8. Bake in a preheated 300-degree F oven for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 349

Total Fat: 17.6g

Saturated Fat: 7.6g

Cholesterol: 88mg

Sodium: 105mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18.6g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 3.1g

Protein: 27.4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 47mg

Iron: 11mg

Potassium: 104mg

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