How To Cook Cube Steak

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Let’s talk about Cube Steak. You might be asking: “What exactly is cube Steak?” I didn’t know either, until recently, when I purchased a grass-fed meat bundle and wound up with almost 5 lbs of it.

It is a cut of beef, usually from the top sirloin or top round, that is tenderized through an electric tenderizer. The cuts are thin and resemble a cutlet of some sort but have a “cubed” surface appearance from the tenderizer machine. Here is the official Wiki for Cube Steak if you want to learn more.

I searched “How To Cook Cube Steak” on Google and Pinterest and found the same couple of recipes over and over (dump in a slow cooker with onion soup mix – no thanks!) and a few variations on a sandwich using crappy ingredients.

After reading up on it for a while, the consensus is that you either cook it low and slow or very quickly over high heat.

Since I have so much of it, I will be experimenting a bit, but for now, I think this super quick technique is tasty and makes for an unbelievably easy weeknight dinner. Plus, Cube Steak (even grass-fed) is pretty cheap!

I served it alongside my Creamy Mashed Cauliflower with Ghee and Garlicky Braised Collard Greens.

How To Cook Cube Steak from www.everydaymaven.comNOTES: 

  • How To Make Fried or Caramelized Onions: Here is a quick tutorial on how to make either Fried (aka quick) or Caramelized (aka slow) Onions. Both are great on top of this steak – make what you have time for!

How To Cook Cube Steak
11 Points Plus Per Serving -- Serves 4
Serves: 4
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or Ghee, divided for batch cooking
  • 8 Cube Steaks (about 2 lbs total)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fried or caramelized onions (see NOTES)
  • handful chopped parsley for garnish
  1. Sprinkle both sides of each Cube Steak cutlet with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Heat a large frying pan (large enough to hold 2 of the Cube Steaks with some room between them - a 12" frying pan worked perfectly for me) over high heat. Once very hot, add ½ Tablespoon of butter to frying pan. Add 2 of the Steaks to the pan and cook, undisturbed, for 3 minutes.
  3. Turn and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the butter and steaks until all are cooked.
  4. Serve topped with fried onions and chopped parsley and Enjoy!

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  1. Jackie Martin says

    Cut some of those cubed steaks into thin slices and use them to make either stroganoff or goulash. I like to braise mine in a skillet, add some water and then cook them for a while. I then use them on a sandwich with toasted English muffins and top with a home made Dijonaisse, and a tomato. Good stuff.
    The pork cutlets, I pound out a bit thinner and then treat them as you would for a pork tenderloin sandwich, which I love but cannot find here in Utah, so I make my own.

  2. says

    Debbie, the cubed pork steak is called a pork cutlet here in Texas, and I buy them and make like a chicken fried steak, with mashed potatoes and creamed gravy, and oh, sooooo delicious.

  3. Debbie says

    Cube steak is one of r regulars – even got cubed PORK steak the other day (first time I saw that)… Low & slow I simmer with onions/mushrooms… The other day I dipped in egg & dredged in Almond Flour/seasoning mix – kinda like a chicken fried “steak”…

    • EverydayMaven says

      Wow Debbie, I bet the Cubed Pork Steak was really flavorful. My husband wants me to make a Paleo Chicken Fried Steak with it so that is probably next!

  4. Jennifer says

    My mom used to prepare them this way but always added a couple dashes of worchestershire sauce to the butter during the steak frying. I am so new to gluten free and paleo, I don’t know what to substitute for the worchestershire sauce or if we can continue to use that. Thanks. Jennifer

    • EverydayMaven says

      Yes! It felt like a cold winter night meal. I can’t wait to experiment more – I think Cube Steak has a lot of possibilities.

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