Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe


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The following recipe, comments, and photos are by Eileen Troemel of Janesville, Wisconsin (near Madison).  Check out Eileen’s very interesting and informative article on Dutch Oven Camp Cooking.


In a Dutch Oven cookbook, I found a recipe for Swiss Steak.  In looking over the recipe, I decided to modify it even though everything I’ve read said not to. Fortunately, my sister, Alicia, has done a lot of Dutch Oven cooking and she helped me with this process.  The Swiss Steak was very tender and moist.  It was the best Dutch Oven dish that I had cooked all day.


Dutch Oven Swiss Steak in serving dish


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Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe:
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe
  1. Prepare your fire using either charcoal coals or wood. Eileen is using the charcoal coal method for her Dutch Oven Camp Cooking. Check out Eileen's article on Dutch Oven Camp Cooking for information and instructions on Dutch Oven cooking.

  2. Fire pit with coal - using backyard fire pit to cook on. Coals being shifted around so more of them will get hot enough to cook with.

    Selecting Coals
  3. Coals being shifted around so more of them will get hot enough to cook with.

  4. Placing cast iron Dutch oven on hot coals. Shift coals around the oven. Heat the Dutch oven over the hot coals or wood.

    Pouring oii in dutch oven
  5. Pouring vegetable oil in the Dutch Oven.

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  6. Spread the vegetable oil around the bottom and sides of the Dutch Oven.

    Dutch oven hot and ready to cook
  7. When the pan is hot (hold hand over the oven to see if it is hot). You are now ready to cook.

    Swiss Steak Ingredients
  8. Ingredients for Swiss Steak. NOTE: I sometimes also add bell peppers and mushrooms to the recipe.  Be creative!

    Chopping up swiss steak and onions
  9. Cut up meat into chunks. Depending on what you are serving with the meat, you may want to cube it into bite-size pieces. Season meat with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Note: You can also add cayenne pepper, steak seasonings, and any other spices that you want. Chop onion into large chunks.

    Add meat and onions to dutch oven
  10. Add meat and onions to the hot Dutch Oven, placing onions on top of the meat.

    lid and hot coals on dutch oven
  11. Place lid on the Dutch Oven for a few minutes. Place some hot coals on the lid to help heat up and cook the meat.

    Brown meat in dutch oven
  12. Remove lid and stir occasionally to evenly brown the meat.

    Swiss Steak evenly browned in dutch oven
  13. Swiss Steak evenly browned on both sides and ready for the next step.

    Dutch Oven Swiss Steak
  14. Once the meat has browned, add the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. NOTE: Worcestershire Sauce is a good addition to this dish, if you so desire.

    lid and hot coals on dutch oven
  15. Place the lid back on the Dutch Oven and let the mixture simmer for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove lid and check for tenderness. If the meat is not tender and falling off the fork when poked, place the lid back on the Dutch Oven and continue to cook for approximately another 10 to 15 minutes.

    Dutch Oven Swiss Steak in serving dish
  16. Variation: To add to this meal, you might add cubed or sliced potatoes to the Swiss Steak while cooking or served with already cooked noodles or rice.

  17. Your Swiss Steak is now done. Serve to your family and enjoy!



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