Beef Main Dishes Recipes

Cube Steak

Cube Steak Recipe

Cube Steak is tenderized beef pan-fried to perfection and served with onion gravy. This easy beef recipe is ready in 30 minutes, and is perfect for quick dinners!

For a well-balanced meal, serve this low-carb main course with our all-time favorite sides like mashed potatoes or Mexican salad.

Beef cubed steak got its name from the marks left by the meat tenderizer which form small marks from where the tenderizer pierced through the meat. Usually, it comes from the top sirloin or top round – both parts that are known to be quite tough. That makes this kind of cut cheaper than others which makes this dish more affordable, yet quite delicious!

In this recipe, we will harness all the beefy goodness and turn this dish into a sumptuous dinner! The recipe calls for frying the steak quickly on high heat to seal in all its juices and flavors.

Read on as we will also teach you how to make this recipe in the crockpot! Slowly but surely, this method yields one of the best family meals!

What is Cube Steak?

Cube steak is a cut of top round or top sirloin beef that has been tenderized by beating the meat with a meat mallet. 

Simply put, this is beef dredged in seasoned flour then, pan-fried, and soaked in gravy. All you need to prepare this comfort food is the meat, flour, and a bunch of seasonings that you already have in your pantry.

Nothing fancy, no complicated technique, and no special ingredient. However, the results are amazingly delicious and nostalgic for your chaboutdhood!

How to cook Cube Steak?

  1. First, put the flour in a shallow bowl and season evenly with garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Then, coat the meat with the flour mixture.
  3. Next, heat the cast-iron pan to medium-high and then, add in oil. Once hot, cook the beef for about five minutes per side. When cooked, remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  4. Cook the gravy on the same pan and once done, put back the cooked meat in the pan to reheat.
  5. Lastly, top with the gravy then, serve with your favorite side dishes.

How to make Cube Steak gravy?

In making the gravy, use the same pan that you used to fry the beef. The residual oil has all the steak drippings that are so flavorful.

Put some flour mixture in the pan to start making the gravy. Add in onion, broth, and ranch mix. Let it simmer and continue cooking until the onions are soft.

Slow Cooker Cube Steak and Gravy:

There are many different ways to make cube steak. One of my favorite ways is to make it in the slow cooker. The crock pot does an amazing job of tenderizing cube steak to perfection.

Therefore, cooking it in the crockpot is just perfect, as it makes the beef super moist and tender. Just follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the meat by dredging it in the same flour mixture described earlier.
  2. Instead of frying until cooked, simply brown it in oil on a heated pan.
  3. Once browned, transfer the meat into the slow cooker and add the mixture of the following ingredients:  cream of mushroom soup, gravy, and water.
  4. Depending on your cooker, you can cook this on low heat for about 6 to 8 hours.

How to tenderize cube steak?

Firstly, it is important to bread the steaks in flour before searing them. 

Second, tenderizing the meat comes from soaking it and by slow cooking the beef in gravy.

Another way to make cube steaks tender is by pounding them. Simply use a meat mallet to pound the steaks. This will soften and tenderize the meat. 

what to serve with cube steak?

You can pair it with the following side dishes:

How to store leftovers?

If there would be any leftover, transfer it to an airtight container. Then, put it in the refrigerator but take note to consume it within 3 tit o 4 days.

You can also opt to freeze it in airtight containers or freezer bags. It can stay good for 3 months and beyond.

how to reheat cube steak?

Since this part is very lean, retaining it with moisture is key. Thanks to the gravy, it adds moisture to the cooked steak, and you can simply pop it in the microwave to reheat.

With this, you can make this dish in advance, refrigerate it for a few days and simply reheat it as needed.

Recipe Tips

  • To thicken the gravy, add in a slurry of cornstarch and water. Also, remember to add it slowly until you achieve your desired effect.
  • Instead of plain water, it would be better to add beef broth or chicken stock when doing the slow cooking method.
  • To tenderize the meat, simply pound on it using a manual meat tenderizer. Feel free tenderize your own meat and not rely on the electric tenderizers at a market. This way, you can be sure of the quality of your beef.
  • It is important not to overcook the beef, or else, the steak will become rubbery. Aim for an internal temperature of 125 degrees F. Also, the temperature will increase an additional 5 degrees F as it rests. 
  • Turn this into ranch cube steak, by adding some 3/4 cup of ranch dressing.

Easy Cube Steak Recipe

  • Prep Time10 MIN
  • Cook Time20 MIN
  • Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed steak
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil


  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 package ranch mix


  • In a shallow bowl combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper, whisk.
  • Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat it up. Once hot, dredge both sides of cubed steak in the flour mixture and cook 5 minutes per side.
  • Remove steak from skillet and set aside and cover with foil.
  • Once done cooking the beef, to the same skillet add onion, broth, and ranch mix. Scrape the bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, bring to a simmer and cook until the onion is tender about 3-4 minutes.
  • Return steak to the pan to warm it up, serve immediately over mashed potatoes.

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this was my first time cooking it this way and it was great!!!!



Great recipe except I am going to have to make a vegetarian friendly version of this steak. I make my own beef with kidney beans and lentils and I bet I can still replicate this dish!

Ruth I

Ruth I

I will be trying this delicious dish soon! It looks flavorful! Yum!

Nancy Johnson Horn

Nancy Johnson Horn

These look so good and flavorful! I'll have to make these soon!

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