Cube Steak Recipes

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
If you're looking for how to make cube steak recipes, you've come to the right recipe blog, I make cube steaks several ways and you will find all these simple economical recipes right here today.

We have simple pan-fried, cube steaks in brown gravy, cube steaks Italiano and Chicken Fried Cube Steaks, perfect easy meals with a lesser cut of beef and deliciously prepared below.

This meat comes from the hind end or shoulder of the cow.

Butchers can make it from just about any part of the cow, but these two portions are the most popular because they are tougher.

The butcher will tenderize the meat, or you can pound them yourself if you have a mallet to tenderize that's where you find those indentations from.

If beef is not your thing, you may also use boneless pork steaks, elk, and deer, as substitutions.

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Economical Lesser Cuts of Meat

Growing up in the 1960s mom knew how to stretch a budget raising 3 kids with hearty appetites.

Being a mom was a butcher in trade herself, she would bring up lesser cuts of meat and pound them with a meat pounder until they were thin and those indentations made them fork tender.

Below of three recipes she would make we absolutely love, don't be afraid to adapt them by adding more vegetables to the pan, each one can be an all-in-one pan on the stovetop, baked, or made in a slow cooker (except for the Chicken Fried Cube Steaks you can bake them).

All Recipes with Measurements are in the recipe card below)

Chicken Fried Steak

  • vegetable oil
  •  cube steaks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • all-purpose flour
  • cayenne pepper
  • granulated garlic powder
  • paprika
  • eggs, beaten
  • whole milk or buttermilk
  • eggs
  • chopped parsley leaves, for garnish 

  • Cube Steak and Gravy

  • cube steaks
  • Fry cubes steaks for 1 minute on both sides,
  • add a jar of beef gravy
  • Optional: red wine added to the gravy, onions, peppers, and mushrooms
  • Perfect with mashed potatoes or over egg noodles.
  • Cooking option below for slow cooker

  • thin steaks in sauce

    Cube Steak Italiano

  • cubes steaks
  • tomato sauce 
  • bell peppers or hot peppers
  • minced garlic
  • garlic powder, parsley, oregano
  • salt pepper to taste 
  • red or white wine
  • olive oil for frying
  • Optional: mushrooms, onions, long hots or whatever vegetable you prefer extra

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    Cube Steaks and More Recipe

    There is nothing complicated to pan-frying cube steaks with just salt, pepper, and smothering the tops when completed with melted cheeses of any kind, sauteed onions, peppers whatever your family likes, just get creative and use what you have in your pantry.

    Keep in mind LOW AND SLOW is the trick to getting these tougher, less expensive meat to get fork tenderized.

    Hope you try one of these three cube steak recipes, they're easy and perfect for those on a strict budget!

    Cube Steak Recipes

    Cube Steak Recipes

    Yield: 4
    Author: Claudia Lamascolo
    Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 55 Min
    Here are 3 easy ways to prepare and cook cube steaks. We have delicious economical recipes to make a delicious dinner with less expensive meat.


    • How To Make 3 different kinds of Cube Steaks (recipes below)
    • Chicken Fried Steak
    • Cube Steaks with Gravy
    • Cube Steak Italiano


    1. Chicken Fried Steak
    2. 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
    3. 6 (4-ounces each) cube steaks
    4. salt and freshly ground black pepper
    5. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    7. 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
    8. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    9. 4 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup buttermilk or whole milk mixed with eggs
    10. Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish
    11. Mix the flour with seasonings.
    12. Dredge the cube steaks in the flour mixture then the egg then back in the flour mixture. Fry them in heated oil.
    13. Cube Steak and Gravy:
    14. 4 cube steaks
    15. 1 - 16-ounce jar of beef gravy
    16. Optional 1/3 cup marsala wine or red wine into the gravy, 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms, 1 sliced green pepper, 1 small sliced onion, or 4 cloves of minced garlic
    17. Fry cubes steaks for 1 minute on both sides, add a jar of beef gravy (around 16 ounces) to the frypan along with half a jar filled with beer or wine and simmer on low heat for around 40 minutes
    18. Note (or fry only for 1 minute and dump the gravy into a crockpot/slow cooker using bottled beef gravy, and slow cook it for around six to eight hours)
    19. Either method you will end up with perfectly tender cube steak. Perfect with mashed potatoes or over egg noodles.
    20. Cube Steak Italiano:
    21. 4 cubes steaks
    22. 1- 28 ounce can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
    23. 3 thinly sliced and cleaned bell peppers or hot peppers
    24. 3 cloves minced garlic
    25. 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, parsley, oregano salt pepper to taste
    26. 1/4 cup white or dry red wine
    27. olive oil for frying
    28. Optional: 8 ounces of sliced cleaned mushrooms, 1 sliced long hots pepper, 1 small onion
    29. Heat the oil, fry them on low heat do not crowd the cube steaks. Add the sauce, peppers garlic, and simmer for around 45 minutes on low.
    30. Also can be done in a slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours on low heat.
    31. Great served with Italian hard crusty bread.

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    Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2022.