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Cube Steak Recipe

This Tender Cube Steak is smothered in a delicious brown gravy with onions and pan fried on the stove top or in the Slow Cooker! Serve this over mashed potatoes with cornbread, roasted green beans or carrots!

A pile of mashed potatoes topped with cubed steak with brown gravy and onions with green beans on the side.

I had to laugh when I sent my husband to the store for some ground beef and he came home with cube steak. Not exactly the same thing, but it was definitely a happy accident. Although I love making hamburger steaks, sometimes it’s more fun to switch things up.

This recipe is a great way to change things up and is a bit easier than my Chicken Fried Steak recipe because there’s no breading involved. (Although the seasoning on this steak is going to WOW you!)

What is Cube Steak

  • Cube steak is a cut of Top Round or Top Sirloin that’s been tenderized, (pounded with a textured mallet), which leaves small indentations on the meat. This helps break down the muscle fibers, which makes it less tough and more tender.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Tenderize the cube steaks until about 1/2 inch thick. Rub with seasoning mix and then with flour.

Cube steak with seasoning and flour on top before being cooked.

Sear the steaks in olive oil over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes per side.

Cube Steak before and after searing in a skillet.

Set the steaks aside on a plate. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pan with the fond. (The fond is what is leftover in the pan from searing the meat and adds good flavor to the gravy.)

Seared beef steak next to a skillet with butter melting in fond in a skillet.

Add onions to the butter and toss to coat. Sauté for 15-20 minutes, until reduced to desired size/texture. (I like mine to cook until almost caramelized.)

Onions in a skillet before and after being softened and reduced.

Add the remaining gravy ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.

A skillet with brown gravy before and after it's thickened.

Add the steaks back to the pan and spoon gravy over the top. Simmer, partially covered, for 5-7 minutes or until gravy is thick and meat is to your desired level of doneness. Serve with mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits.

A skillet with cube steak smothered in brown gravy with onions.

Slow Cooker Method

  • Tenderize and season the steaks as outlined.
  • Sear for 2-3 minutes per side instead of 4-5 and set aside.
  • Prepare gravy as outlined, then transfer to the Slow Cooker along with the steaks.
  • PRO TIP: The above steps can be done the night before and cooked in the Slow Cooker the next day.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4.

Make-Ahead Method

  • Tenderize, season, and sear the steaks as outlined. Set aside, and prepare the gravy as outlined.
  • Remove from heat and let the gravy cool.
  • Store the steaks and gravy together in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days, then reheat on the stove top.
  • Add a little beef broth or a splash of water if you need to thin the gravy out during the reheating process.

Adding Mushrooms

  • For best results, cook mushrooms separately to release some of the water, concentrate their flavor, and give them a nice golden color. Remove them and only add them back at the end when the gravy is finished. This lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.
  • Otherwise, feel free to add them during the last 3-5 minutes of softening the onions and keep them in the pan for the remainder of the cooking process.

Pro Tips

  • Aim for an internal temperature of 125° or so for tender results. It will increase an additional 5° or so after it’s removed from the heat.
  • The gravy recipe uses a combination of beef and chicken broth for depth of flavor, but all beef broth may be used.
  • Tenderizing the meat is key for melt-in-your-mouth texture. (Even though cube steak has already been tenderized, a second round at home makes a huge difference.)
  • Onions can be omitted if preferred, or mushrooms can be used instead.
  • cast iron skillet will give your steaks a nice crusty sear.
  • Cornbread makes a great side dish with this meal!

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

What to Serve With Cubed Steak

A skillet with cube steak smothered in brown gravy with parsley on top.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • Meat Tenderizer– Makes meat soft and tender, especially in this recipe.
  • Silicone Spatula– Used to ‘clean’ the bottom of the pot and work any meat remnants into the gravy for extra flavor. I use these every time I cook.
  • Deep 13-inch skillet– You’ll have this one forever.
  • Meat Thermometer– To check the doneness of the meat.
  • Better Than Bouillon– This is what I use every time I make gravy. It’s easy to measure out customized amounts based on what you need for a recipe and it takes up very little space in the fridge.
  • 1/2 cup Rubbermaid containers with lids: Add my cornstarch/cold water to these containers and cover & shake to combine. It’s the perfect size and takes seconds to combine the two.
  • Magnetic Measuring Spoons– I have these, they’ll keep your drawer organized.

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Cube Steak smothered in brown gravy with onions on a pile of mashed potatoes.

Cube Steak Recipe

4.97 from 152 ratings
This Tender Cube Steak is smothered in a delicious brown gravy with onions and pan fried on the stove top or in the Slow Cooker! Serve this over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice, with roasted green beans or carrots!

Ingredients

  • 4 cube steaks
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, separated

Meat Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika

Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, or 1 tsp better than bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into ½ inch strings

Instructions

  • See notes section below for Slow Cooker instructions.
  • Seasoning Prep: Combine the meat seasoning mix and set aside.
  • Gravy Prep: Combine the cornstarch and chicken/beef broth in a medium bowl and whisk until incorporated and smooth. Whisk in 1 beef bouillon cube, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder and 1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  • Meat Prep: Place saran wrap over each cube steak and use the rough end of a meat tenderizer to pound it thin, about ½ inch thick or so. This really makes a nice difference in the consistency of the meat even though cube steak has already been tenderized.
  • Rub seasoning mix on each side of the steak, then rub with flour.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear 2 steaks at a time for about 3 minutes per side. (Add a splash more olive oil if needed and adjust heat up or down slightly as needed as the steaks cook.) Set steaks on a plate to rest.
  • Leave the meat flecks in the pan, this is called “fond” and it will add flavor to the gravy. If you have any black/burnt areas, use a damp paper towel to carefully clean that out.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat and use a silicone spatula to ‘clean’ the bottom of the pan. Add the onions and toss to coat. Cook the onions for 15-25 minutes, until desired consistency is obtained. I like mine very soft and reduced, almost caramelized. Be sure to stir them often as they cook.
  • Add the liquid gravy mixture (from step 3) and use a silicone spatula to clean the bottom and sides of the pan once again. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the steaks and any juices back to the pan and spoon some gravy on the top of each steak. Simmer with the lid partially covered for 5 minutes or so, until the gravy is thickened and the meat is cooked to your liking.
  • Optional: Remove from heat and melt 2 Tablespoons cold butter at the end for a silky, velvety finish. This is a technique that chefs use called “monter au beurre”.

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Aim for an internal temperature of 125° or so for tender results. It will increase an additional 5° or so after it's removed from the heat.
  • The gravy recipe uses a combination of beef and chicken broth for depth of flavor, but all beef broth may be used.
  • Onions can be omitted if preferred, or mushrooms can be used instead.
  • cast iron skillet will give your steaks a nice crusty sear.
  • Cornbread makes a great side dish with this meal.

Slow Cooker Method:
  • Tenderize and season the steaks as outlined.
  • Sear for 2-3 minutes per side instead of 4-5 and set aside.
  • Prepare gravy as outlined, then transfer to the Slow Cooker along with the steaks.
  • PRO TIP: The above steps can be done the night before and cooked in the Slow Cooker the next day.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4.

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 1102mg, Potassium: 750mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 464IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 4mg
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364 comments on “Cube Steak Recipe”

  1. This was SO delicious! I followed the recipe to a T, until my mom decided a bit of parsley couldn’t hurt in the gravy. I didn’t mind, and it definitely helped with the flavor. When we sat down for dinner, it was so tender! Let’s just say it was decadent. We had it with egg noodles and carrots. My grandma CLEANED her plate and she normally doesn’t. Mom’s stomach is pretty small, but she about ate a good 3/4 of the steak; which was impressive. I would 10/10 make this again for my family.

  2. I have been trying to reduce my grocery bill somewhat with these soaring prices, and I bought a package of 4 cube steaks on a great sale. It has been years since I cooked cube steak so I browsed the internet and found this recipe to try. Boy, it did not disappoint! My son and husband were so happy with dinner. I want to especially compliment you on well written, easy to follow directions. I fixed mine using my electric skillet and was able to fry all four steaks at once. I will definitely make this recipe again. Very low cost for a super dinner. Thank you.

    • Hey Boise!! WOW thank you soo much for your kind words, you made my day! I’m so happy that this recipe helped you put your cube steaks to good use and that your family loved it! Thank you sooo much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it!! -Stephanie 🙂

  3. This is the best cube steak recipe ever!!!My husband loves cube steak I have never been a fan until this recipe,I made garlic mashed potatos and green beans with it.I will never make any other way then this.Thank you soooo much for Sharing.

    • I am sooo thrilled to hear that Lynne! I love what you serve with it, I can’t think of two better pairings! Thank you so much for the review, I really appreciate it! ❤️❤️ -Stephanie

  4. Hi. Has anyone ever tried to make this without bouillon? I can’t seem to find no msg bouillon. Thanks.

    • Hi Dee, you can skip the bouillon, it just won’t have quite the same depth of flavor. You can simmer and reduce the sauce longer in step 9, before you add the sub steaks back. This will concentrate the flavor a bit more. 🙂

  5. I made this yesterday. I use better than boullion instead of broth or cubes. Had fresh mushrooms and onions too. Generally, cubed steak isn’t on the top of my list. But, I found some for a great price and knew that I needed a great recipe for it. This recipe is GREAT! We all loved it. It’s extremely good for this inexpensive meal!

    • I am soooo happy to hear that this recipe was a success Karyn!! I soo appreciate you taking the time to leave a review as well, thank you SO much!! -Stephanie 🌷

  6. Best way to cook cube steak, great recipe, it’s a keeper! Used cast iron as suggested, very nice sear and fond. Husband finished two servings, pushed back from the table and exclaimed “wow that was awesome”! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hello, I’m interested in making this recipe..I was wondering if you think almond flour in place of white flour will work just as well.

  8. I am making this cube steak recipe again today. Made it 2 weeks ago, and it was so good. Had not had cube steak in years, but with meat so expensive, thought we should try it. It was delicious! I made with mashed potatoes last time. Today I will try egg noodles. Thanks for breaking up the boredom of cooking everyday!!

  9. My absolute new favorite way to cook cube steak! Will be my go to from now on. I did the slow cooker recipe and it was so tender and delicious. Followed recipe to the letter. Next time I will add mushroom, just forgot this time, but I look forward to the next time already. Thank you!!

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