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This pan-fried cube steak recipe is amazingly delicious! They are heavenly and go perfectly with garlic & onion-sauteed green beans, and roasted carrots.

With prep and cook time ready in just 30 minutes, these healthy smothered cube steaks put the seal on the weeknight dinner meal.

And best of all, this cube steak recipe is dredged in Cassava flour for a gluten-free cube steak recipe that is perfect for a Keto diet.

What is Cube Steak?

Cube steak is a lesser preferred cut of meat taken from the beef chuck or sirloin. It’s flattened and run through a machine to tenderize it, making little indentions in it. It is called a cube steak because it comes in a cube shape.

Any cut of meat can be mechanically tenderized, but it’s best to use a cheaper tough cut of meat, such as the rump or round steak.

Easy Pan Fried Cube Steak Recipe

I can remember my mama cooking this amazing recipe as a kid. So when I started cooking myself, mine was not so tender. I finally decided to ask her the secret to frying tender cube steaks.

cube steak smothered in onions with a side of green beans and carrots

STEP ONE: Seasoning

Start by seasoning cube steaks with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. And then, dredge both sides of the cube steak in 1½ cups of gluten-free Cassava flour, covering both sides well.

cube steak on a plate being dredged with gluten-free Cassava flour
Cube Steak rolled in Cassava Flour

STEP TWO: Frying

Once they are floured, place them into a hot cast-iron skillet with a tablespoon of organic coconut oil and fry. Brown both sides well. Once browned on both sides, remove and set them aside. The secret to tender cube steak is – browning on all sides to seal in the juices, keeping the steaks tender!

STEP THREE: Sautee’ With Onions


Lower the temperature a bit on the skillet and add 4 tsp butter, 1 large onion, and 2 cups of beef broth. Simmer on medium-low for 5-7 minutes until onions are tender.

onions being sauteed in an iron-skillet to smother over pan fried cube steaks
Onions and Cube Steak Sauteeing

STEP FOUR: Cook Until Tender

Return browned cube steaks to skillet on medium-low covered to cook for about 10 minutes or until steaks are fully cooked and tender. Remove cover and allow to simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. Serve.

cube steak with onions simmering in beef broth until tender
Simmering cube steak and onions in beef broth

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Yield: 6

Pan Fried Cube Steak Recipe

cube steak smothered in onions with a side of green beans and carrots

This delicious cube steak recipe is savory and packed with flavor. Ready in only 30 minutes, it's perfect for busy weeknight dinner meals.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 Cube Steaks, thawed
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder - to taste
  • 1½ cups Cassava Flour
  • 1 TBS Coconut Oil
  • 4 tsp Butter
  • 1 Large Onion, cut into ½ inch rings
  • 2 cups Beef Broth


    1. Season cube steaks, to taste, with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then dredge both sides in gluten-free Cassava flour, cover both sides well.
    2. Melt coconut oil hot cast-iron skillet and sear both sides of steaks. Remove and set aside.
    3. Reduce heat in skillet to medium-low, add butter, onions, and beef broth. Simmer on medium-low for 5-7 minutes until onions are tender.
    4. Return seared cube steaks to skillet and cook, covered, on medium-low for 10 minutes or until steaks are fully cooked. Remove cover and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered. Ready to serve.


Cook time will vary with thickness of steaks

So that’s it. You can be the hero of your family and serve up fresh beef cube steak smothered and covered in tangy onions. And since the total prep and cooking time is only 30 minutes, you can prepare a healthy, southern-style steak dinner for your family any time.

FAQs About Cube Steak

1 What is cube steak best for?

Cube steak is good for both dinner and even as breakfast meat. It can be used just as you use round steak or beef stew.

2 Should cube steak be rinsed before cooking?

I always rinse beef or any meat before cooking it. But the USDA does not recommend it. I can’t say that I agree with this. Therefore you do what you think is best for your family.

3 Does Milk Really Tenderize Cube Steak?

I’ve heard this all my life, and I have tried it. I can’t honestly tell you that milk tenderizes cube steak. I’ve found this not to be true. But with any recipe tip, I always recommend you try it. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Whisk together 2 eggs with 2 cups of milk. I used store-bought milk. Next, pour the mixture into a large ziplock bag and place cube steaks inside the bag.
  2. Let them marinate for at least 6 hours. Overnight is better. Next, take the steaks out of marinate and let them come to room temperature.
  3. And then follow this recipe.
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