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With prep and cook time ready in just 30 minutes, these healthy smothered cube steaks put the seal on the weeknight dinner meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes:
- Kielbasa with Peppers and Onions
- Italian Meatball Casserole
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken
- Easy Chicken Pot Pie
- Chicken Parmesan Pizza
- Pizza Casserole
- Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet Recipe
- Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe
- 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
- Season cube steaks, to taste, with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then dredge both sides in gluten-free Cassava flour, cover both sides well.
- Melt coconut oil hot cast-iron skillet and sear both sides of steaks. Remove and set aside.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- And then follow this recipe.
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Dianne Hadorn is the owner of Hidden Springs Homestead nestled in the hills of East Tennessee. She is a Master Gardener and enjoys helping others learn how to grow and preserve their own food and sharing tips for living a more self-sufficient lifestyle.