Cube Steak Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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, chickpea salad, and Mexican salad.

Cube Steak Recipe

Easy Cube Steak Recipe

Cube Steak got its name from the marks left by the meat tenderizer which forms small squares 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?

Simply put it, this is beef dredged in seasoned flour then, pan-fried. 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 of your childhood!

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How to cook Cube Steak?

  1. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and season evenly with garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Coat the meat with the flour mixture.
  3. 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. 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.

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How to cook Cube Steak in the crockpot?

As I have mentioned earlier, the beef part used to make this dish is not the most tender. 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 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 store Cube Steak?

If there would be any leftover, let it cool and put in an airtight container. Put it in the refrigerator but take note to consume within 3 to 4 days.

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

How to reheat it?

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.

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Recipe Tips

  • To thicken the gravy, you can add in a slurry of cornstarch and water. Add it slowly until you achieve your desired effect.
  • Also, instead of plain water, it would be better to add beef broth when doing the slow cooking method.
  • To tenderize the meat, simply pound on it using a manual meat tenderizer. Feel free to 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 overcook the beef, or else, the steak will become rubbery.
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Easy Cube Steak Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 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 

Gravy:

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

Instructions

  1. In a shallow bowl combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper, whisk.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove steak from skillet and set aside and cover with foil.
  4. 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.
  5. Return steak to the pan to warm it up, serve immediately over mashed potatoes.
Calories: 611 Carbohydrates: 11 Protein: 37 Fat: 46 Saturated Fat: 29 Cholesterol: 122 Sodium: 729 Potassium: 669 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 125 Vitamin C: 2.1 Calcium: 51 Iron: 3.5
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Kita Bryant

I've made this on the stove but that's about it. This is a great twist to it and it's a great comfort food I may have to try this version out this week

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Stacie

I have to try this! I love beef, and gravy in anything is always a plus!

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Brianne Tursi Manz

I love cube steak! I usually make it the way my grandma made it: baked in the oven, with mashed potatoes and gravy made from the drippings. I've never had it this way before, and it looks delicious! I hope to make this soon.

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robin rue

Yes please. This sounds like a perfect comfort dinner. My whole family will love this.

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Kerrie Mendoza

I love your step-by-step instructions. Well written, easy to understand. Cube steaks are so tender and delicious, and I cannot wait to make this!

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Rachel

This isn't something I had growing up. it sounds delicious. The onions look fabulous.

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Stefani Tolson

This steak looks delicious. I am a fan of steak and always looking for new ways to make it.

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Jennifer

That cube steak looks delicious! 

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Celebrate Woman Today

This is a huge piece of stake! But I love your creativity with sauces and making it a real deal. Bravo, Catalina!

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Nancy Johnson Horn

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

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Ruth I

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

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Kiwi

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!

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