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This eye of round steak recipe is fried in a skillet and then simmered for over three hours until super tender. It has deliciousness in every tender bite.

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2023)

Put away the steak knives folks, this recipe for beef eye of round steak is not only a tasty steak, especially with the right seasonings, but it is simmered until it is super tender. It is an easy recipe to make, just season, brown, then it simmers for a few hours. And the best part is the kiddos can eat it. The steak cuts with a fork. Steak knives are not needed!

Some great side dishes that go with this round steak recipe include boiled baby potatoes and baked beans. Homemade potato salad, Rice a Roni with cheese, corn on the cob, homemade mac and cheese, air fryer potato wedges, roasted corn salsa, tortellini pasta salad, buttered cauliflower, and mashed potatoes are also other favorite side dishes with this steak. A garden salad or fresh vegetables are also a good choice of side dishes too.

Eye of round steak on a plate.

🔪 Key Ingredients

👩‍🍳 How to Make Eye of Round Steak (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

Step 1. Brown the Steaks

Turn the burner on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of 100% pure canola cooking oil, olive oil, or whichever is your favorite vegetable oil to the frying pan together with 4 medium-sized beef eye of round steaks.

Note: These eye of round steaks came straight out of the freezer because I decided at the last minute I wanted to make this recipe for dinner. If your steaks are already thawed, the browning time may take a little less than the 20 minutes mentioned below.

Four beef eye of round steaks in the frying pan with one tablespoon of cooking oil.
Four beef eye of round steaks in the frying pan with one tablespoon of cooking oil.

Step 2. Turn the Steaks

While the eye of round steak cooks, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of Johnny’s seasoning salt together with 1/4 teaspoon of table salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper over the top of the steaks. Continue to fry the steaks on medium-high heat for about 20 minutes until they are browned, give or take a few minutes. You may have to turn the burner down to medium heat. At this time, you can add any of your favorite seasonings too.

Add the seasonings and brown the steaks on medium-high heat.
Add the seasonings and brown the steaks on medium-high heat.

Step 3. Keep Browning the Eye of Round Steak

Every few minutes, keep turning the steaks over in the frying pan while browning them.

Four eye of round steaks in the frying pan browning on medium-high heat.
Four eye of round steaks in the frying pan browning on medium-high heat.

Step 4. Poke Holes in the Steaks

While the steaks are browning, poke the steaks in a couple of spots with a fork so the heat can cook the inside of the steaks.

Poke the steaks with a fork.
Poke the steaks with a fork.

Step 5. Brown for Twenty Minutes

Usually, steaks brown in about 20 minutes, but that could depend on the type of stove you are cooking on. If you have a gas, electric, or induction stove, keep in mind the difference in heat each one can produce.

You can serve the steaks now if you like medium-rare steaks. But if you want a tender steak that requires no steak knife while eating it, follow the remaining cooking instructions below.

Note: The CDC (Center for Disease Control) advises cooking meats to the right temperature. Whole cuts of beef should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Then they should be allowed to rest for 3 minutes at room temperature before carving or eating. This temperature is high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. The easiest way to check the internal temperature for the degree of doneness is to use an instant-read thermometer. Insert the thermometer in the center of the meat.

Steaks are done browning in the frying pan.
Steaks are done browning in the frying pan.

Step 6. Add Water and Simmer

After browning, fill the frying pan with water to cover the steaks. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 and 1/2 to 4 hours. When the water level goes down in the frying pan, keep adding more water.

Keep the frying pan filled with water and simmer the steaks for three and a half to four hours
Keep the frying pan filled with water and simmer the steaks for three and a half to four hours.

Step 7. Let the Water Evaporate

About 30 minutes before dinner time, let the water evaporate from the frying pan. Do not add more water to the frying pan. Place the eye of round steaks on a paper towel to absorb any oil you don’t want to eat, then serve. The photo below shows the eye of round steaks after simmering for about 3 and 1/2 hours until they are so tender that you can leave the steak knives in the drawer.

Beef eye of round steak done in the frying pan.
Beef eye of round steak done in the frying pan.

💫 Recipe Variations

  • There are different kinds of steak that can be used for this recipe instead of the eye of round steak. For example, top round steak, t-bone, top sirloin, or any other lean cut of meat.
  • Add any of your favorite seasonings besides the ones used in this recipe such as onion powder, Kosher salt, garlic salt, or garlic powder.
  • Toss in some raw sliced onions or green beans in the frying pan about five minutes before the steak is done.
  • A lot of folks like to sprinkle a little bit of steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce on their steak right before eating it.
Eye of Round Steak on a plate with a fork.
Recipe for Eye of Round Steak.

🙋 FAQs

What do I do with Leftover Steak?

Put any leftover steak in an airtight container or a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. We usually don’t have any leftover steak, but if we do, I use a small ziplock baggie. If we have any leftovers, we always try to eat them within three days.

Can I Freeze Leftover Steak?

I have never put any leftover steak in the freezer after I have already fried it in the frying pan, so I am not sure if you can or how it would taste after it has thawed. If you have done this, leave a comment and tell us how that turned out.

Eye of round steak on a plate ready to eat.
Eye of round steak on a plate ready to eat.

💡 Final Thoughts

There are many different ways to prepare cuts of beef and the cooking time can vary too. A few cooking methods are broiling in the oven, grilling on the BBQ, or putting the steak in a dutch oven (a heavy-duty pot with a tight-fitting lid) and placing it in the oven to bake for a few hours. Another method is searing the meat in a hot pan for a couple of minutes at a high temperature.

You can also use a slow cooker, a crock pot, or an air fryer. All of these cooking methods are easy to do and taste delicious. This recipe for eye of round steak is a slow cooking method in the frying pan on the stove. I call it simmering the meat for a few hours.

Close up photo of eye of round steak on a plate.

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Recipe for Eye of Round Steak

Recipe for Eye of Round Steak

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This eye of round steak recipe is fried in a skillet and then simmered for over three hours until super tender. It has deliciousness in every tender bite.
5 from 3 votes
Cost $8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings 4 people

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🧂 Ingredients
  

👩‍🍳 Instructions
 

  • Add the canola cooking oil to the frying pan.
  • Add the beef eye of round steak to the frying pan.
  • Sprinkle Johnny's seasoning salt, regular table salt, and ground black pepper over the top of the steaks.
  • Brown the steaks on medium-high heat for about 20 minutes. Keep turning them in the frying pan.
  • Poke the steaks with a fork a couple of times so the heat can cook the inside of the steaks.
  • After browning is done, fill the frying pan with water to cover the steaks.
  • Simmer for about 3 and 1/2 to 4 hours. When the water level goes down, add more water.
  • About 30 minutes before dinner time, let the water evaporate from the frying pan. Do not add more water.

*️⃣ Recipe Notes

  • You can cook the beef eye of round steak however you prefer, but the longer the steak simmers, the more tender it will be.
  • When there is still a little bit of water left in the frying pan, you can toss some raw onions around the steak. Saute the onions for a few minutes to get the onions tender and hot.
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