Enjoy one of our favorite pork steak recipes, smothered pork steaks, that are cooked to perfection in a deliciously savory gravy.

Creamy smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet.

We all know that cooking pork steaks the traditional American way requires a grill or smoker, which is arguably one of the best ways to prepare it.

But, with the winter months ahead, we must adapt, so we are bringing the pork steaks inside for this recipe.

Thankfully this simple smothered pork steak recipe is unbelievably delicious and can be enjoyed year-round.

Following a somewhat similar recipe that I originally used for my smothered round steaks and also my moose chops, I put this dish to the test, and could not be any happier!

So let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Smothered Pork Steaks Recipe

It is worth mentioning this simple recipe is started and finished in one skillet, making cleanup easier than ever! Serve it as it is, or with roasted Brussel sprouts, and baked beans.

How to make smothered pork steaks


  • 2 bone-in pork steaks
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 1 carrot, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Step 1: Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add a dollop of butter and sear pork steaks until dark brown on both sides.

Step 2: Once the steaks have a nice sear, remove them from the skillet, add butter, green beans, carrots, onions, garlic, salt and pepper, sauteing for about 3 minutes.

Step 3: Sprinkle in a bit of all-purpose flour, then slowly add the heavy cream and beef broth. Bring the gravy to a boil, stirring often. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.

Step 4: Now, add pork steaks back into the skillet, smothering them in the gravy.

Step 5: Allow everything to continue to cook until the pork is cooked through. For a ¾” thick steak, it usually doesn’t take more than 10 minutes or so.

Top Tip: Do not overcook the meat. Since pork steaks and pork chops are both extremely lean cuts of meat, it doesn’t take long to go from tender cooked to dry and tough.

*This recipe below can be made with pork chops or pork steaks.

How do I know when my pork steak is done?

Check the meat temp often with an instant meat thermometer until the internal temperature reads 145°F. The USDA recommends cooking pork, with the exception of pork liver, to 145°F.

Stovetop smothered pork chops with caramelized onions, green beans and carrots.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between pork steak and pork chop?

Pork steaks are cut from the pork shoulder, while pork chops come from the pork loin, which is the most tender part of the pig.

You can read more about the differences between the two here.

Can I substitute pork steaks for chops?

Yes, pork chops are a delicious substitution, as is pork loin for this recipe. You will, however, need to adjust total cook times to ensure the meat is cooked.

How do you cook pork steaks so they are not tough?

There are several methods for cooking tender pork steaks. In this recipe, we smother them in gravy to tenderize them while they cook.

How long do pork steaks take to cook?

Smothered pork steaks take 20 minutes to cook.

How to store leftover pork steaks

Allow it to cool completely and store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Family-friendly meals

I’ve never been one to prepare different foods for picky family members. Instead, I incorporate dishes that are healthy, filling, and satisfying for all.

This delicious pork steak and gravy recipe is easy enough to prepare last minute and tasty enough for picky eaters.

While you are at it, why not try this weeknight carne pizzaiola meal next? This meat-heavy pizza-style dish will satisfy the hungriest of eaters.

Key takeaways

This smothered pork steak recipe is a delicious alternative to the usual outdoor cooking method.

We have been perfecting this recipe for some time now and could not be any happier.

So let me know what you think by leaving a review below. And if you are looking for more great recipes, check out some of these favorites!

Creamy smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet.

Smothered Pork Steaks

Laura Ascher
You are going to love this smothered pork steak recipe made with all the good ingredients; you won't want to miss this one!
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 576 kcal


  • 2 bone-in pork steaks
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 carrot sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen green beans
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper


  • Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add 2 tbsp of butter and sear pork steaks until browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Remove the steaks, then saute the vegetables in the remaining butter until soft.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and slowly stir in the cream and beef broth.
  • Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Add the pork steaks back into the skillet with the gravy for approximately 10 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 145°F.


Serving: 1ozCalories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 26gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 1152mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
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  1. I’m surprised nobody has commented on this yet so I’ll be the first. I tried this recipe and it was great. For the onions I didn’t have whole just the minced jarred onion and that worked fine. Added a little cooking wine to it too. I now know why people love smothered meat and this will be a go to for sure. Thank you .

4.80 from 5 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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