How to Cook Swiss Steak in a Pressure Cooker

Swiss Steak is one of my fall back recipes. It uses items that I usually have in the pantry, refrigerator, and/or freezer. And when I cook it in my pressure cooker, I don’t have to plan too far in advance.

The recipe is  fairly flexible; adapt the ingredients to use what you have on hand.

The pressure cooker allows you to use an inexpensive cut of meat. No matter what cut you put in, it  will come out fork-tender.

Swiss Steak in a Pressure Cooker

I save time by leaving the skins on the potatoes. The skins have nutrients, so I just scrub them well and cut them up.

Swiss Steak
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 8
  • 2 lbs. round steak, fat trimmed and cut into 4 – 5 oz. pieces
  • dash of pepper and garlic powder
  • 6 large carrots, cut into big chunks
  • 4 large potatoes, cut into large pieces
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans beef broth (How to make beef broth in a slow cooker)
  • 1 – 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch or ¼ cup flour
  1. Place the meat in the pressure cooker and leave the lid off. Dust the meat with pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Brown both sides of the meat.
  3. Remove the meat and brown the onions in the grease from the round steaks.
  4. Add the meat back in and place the carrots and potatoes on top of the meat. Add the beef broth, tomato paste, and water.
  5. Place the lid on the pressure cooker; Bring to high pressure, reduce heat to stabilize pressure and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Release pressure by putting the pressure cooker in the sink and running cool water over it.
If you wish you can make a gravy by placing 2 cups of the liquid* in a small sauce pan. Slowly add flour** or corn starch, while cooking over a medium-low heat. Simmer for 2 –3 minutes until thick and bubbly.

Swiss Steak Recipe - withinstructions for the pressure cooker

For some reason I took a picture of my daughter’s plate, and she does not take her Swiss Steak with gravy. She prefers to mash her potatoes with butter instead. I apologize for the unappetizing final photo!

Swiss Steak can be easily adapted to include your favorite flavors. You can add bell pepper, oregano, thyme, sage, worcestershire sauce, etc. My kids just happen to like it a little less “muddied” as my daughter says.

*I freeze the unused liquid. It makes a great beginning for a hearty stew in winter.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) says:

    It does help to get all your pantry stocked up with sales and your swiss steak sounds easy to make and looks delicious

  2. The Thrifty Countrywoman says:

    Yum! I haven't had Swiss steak in ages. Freezing the unused liquid as a stew starter is a great idea!


  3. Grandma James says:

    Swiss steak sounds so good but I wouldn't have a clue on how to use a pressure cooker. I just remember my mom telling horror stories of exploding PC's so I've stayed clear of them. But I may try your pumpkin cookies. Those are more my style. (-:

    • Linda Combs says:

      Grandma James, I was the very same way!! I was convinced by my sister recently to get a “CooksEssentials” electric pressure cooker and I love it!! It has safety features that the old ones that they used to can foods didn’t have. I soaked pinto beans overnight, put them in the pressure cooker with a ham bone, a little salt, onion and just enough water to cover them and they were ready to eat in 15 minutes. As good as if they had cooked all day!! I think you would love how easy they are to use!! They had a special on QVC a couple of wks ago and I got mine. Love, love, love it!!!

  4. The old pressure cookers could be dangerous, but modern pressure cooker's have extra safety features, making them quite safe to use. For which I am quite grateful, as I live in the Sierra Nevada's and cooking at altitude can take forever without a pressure cooker.

  5. YUM! Good hearty homecooked meals!!

  6. The Book Lady Online says:

    I've never been able to make this and have it turn out right. Yours looks easy and delicious. Will have to add this recipe to our menu soon.


  7. Thanks for linking up to "What can I eat that's gluten free?" This is a great gluten free meal. I'm like you, I usually skip putting flour on the meat, but not always.

  8. Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson says:

    Dear Alea,

    Your Swiss steak meal sounds and looks so good, even without the gravy! Meals cooked in the pressure cooker taste so delicious!

    Take care,
    Diane and daughter Sarah

  9. gfe--gluten free easily says:

    Visiting from Linda's site. Love the name of your blog! :-) I'm a huge fan to Swiss Steak and haven't made it in a while–thanks for the reminder and your recipe. I usually do mine in a cooking bag or in the crockpot. I'm always saving juices and leftovers to add to my freezer soup container, too.


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