The Perfect Cube Steak Recipe: A Budget-Friendly Delight

If you’re a fan of my mouthwatering cheese-stuffed Salisbury steak, prepare to be blown away by this incredible cube steak recipe. Not only is it simple and quick to make, but it also delivers a flavor explosion without breaking the bank.

Discovering Cube Steak: An Affordable Cut with Flavor

Cube steak is an economical beef cut that bursts with taste. Found in grocery stores labeled as cubed steak, breakfast steak, or minute steak, it’s actually thinly sliced round steak (top round or top sirloin) that has been tenderized, resulting in its distinctive waffle fry appearance. Despite being known for its toughness, both round and sirloin steaks are incredibly flavorful.

cube steaks on a plate

Transforming round steaks into cube steaks unlocks their incredible flavor potential, while also being kind to your wallet. A pack of cube steak usually costs around eight bucks and can generously feed a family of four.

The Art of Seasoning Cube Steak

While there are countless cube steak recipes out there, most of them call for a medley of spices to enhance the meat. However, let me let you in on a secret: the meat itself is already packed with flavor, despite being lean.

To achieve perfectly seasoned cube steak, all you need is kosher salt, black pepper, and a touch of Aleppo pepper. Never heard of Aleppo pepper? Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

Aleppo pepper adds a mild heat, along with notes of earthiness and sweetness. Often compared to salt due to its ability to enhance flavors, this hidden gem takes cube steak to another level. Trust me, you won’t need any other spices.

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steaks in a cast iron pan cooking with gravy

The Perfect Accompaniments

Choosing the perfect side dishes to accompany your cube steak is the easiest decision you’ll ever make. Green beans and mashed potatoes are the ultimate partners for this recipe.

But we’re not talking about any green beans and mashed potatoes. Let me strongly recommend trying garlic and parmesan roasted green beans for a truly exceptional culinary experience. These beans are so delicious that they could easily stand alone as a meal.

Moreover, garlic mashed potatoes are an absolute must when serving this cube steak recipe. Topped with either onion gravy or mushroom gravy and served alongside the fried cube steak, this combination is a definite winner.

cube steak on a plate with potatoes and gravy

Tips for Achieving Cube Steak Perfection

Here are a few handy tips to ensure your cube steak turns out perfectly:

  • Seasoning: For the best results, season the steaks with kosher salt a few hours before cooking. This allows the salt to penetrate the meat, intensifying the flavor.
  • Oil: Avoid using olive oil, as the high cooking temperature for searing exceeds the smoke point of olive oil. Opt for avocado oil instead.
  • The Pan: I highly recommend using a cast iron pan for frying your steaks. Non-stick pans are not designed for the high heat required for searing.

cast iron pan of cubed steak and gravy

The Preparation: Cooking Instructions

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins


  • 2 lbs. cube steak
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Aleppo pepper
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped

For the Gravy

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour mixture (from steak breading)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tsp better than beef bouillon
  • 1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup cornstarch, mixed
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
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Step 1: Season the steaks with kosher salt and refrigerate for 2-4 hours if possible (at least 30 minutes).

seasoned cube steaks on a baking sheet

Step 2: In a shallow pan or plate, mix the flour, black pepper, and Aleppo pepper. Set aside.

Step 3: Heat the avocado oil in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Dredge the steaks in the flour mixture, ensuring even coating on both sides. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

seasoned cube steaks on a baking sheet

Step 4: Gently lay the steaks in the hot cast iron pan. You may need to fry them in batches to avoid overcrowding. Sear for two minutes on each side, then set aside.

cube steak searing in cast iron pan

Step 5: Reduce the heat to medium, and add the butter and onions to the pan. Once the butter has melted, add two tablespoons of the flour mixture and cook the onions, allowing the raw flour to cook down.

butter and onions cooking in cast iron pan

Step 6: Add the beef stock and bouillon to the pan, bringing it to a boil. Then, add the cornstarch slurry and Worcestershire sauce, whisking until the gravy thickens.

onion gravy cooking in a cast iron pan

Step 7: Return the steaks to the pan and spoon the gravy over them. Place the pan in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.

cube steaks in onion gravy

Step 8: Garnish with parsley, and serve alongside potatoes and green beans.

cube steak with mashed potatoes and green beans

Enjoy the fantastic flavors and tender texture of your homemade cube steak. Remember, this recipe is a masterpiece that won’t leave you disappointed. For more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.