When you are pressed for time or working on a tight budget, cube steak recipes can be the best thing to have in your arsenal. Not only is it easy to cook cube steaks but beef cube steaks are also very affordable.
With just a few ingredients and around an hour of your time, you can have a delicious meal on the table for your family to enjoy.
Learn the basics of the ultimate oven cube steak recipe and be guaranteed a great dinner packed with healthy nutrition calories.
What Are Cube Steaks?
Cube steaks are simply beef steaks that have been tenderized. Also called a cubed steak, this is one of the cheapest beef cuts you will find.
In terms of appearance, when you see it in the grocery store it will probably look a lot like ground beef. This is an actual steak, though, so the two are nothing alike.
However, being cheap does not necessarily mean it is low-quality meat. If you take the time to carefully look for fresh cubed steaks you will be surprised at the great flavor your meat will have.
The reason why cubed steak is so affordable is that it usually comes from the tougher cuts of beef that would have been difficult to cook if it had not been tenderized first.
Why I Love To Cook Cube Steak
This baked cube steak recipe has a lot going for it. Here are some of the reasons why I love it and would be quick to recommend it to you:
- I love having a budget-friendly option to fall back on when I need a little help to make it through a tough month
- This recipe makes cube steak come out so delicious it’s easy to forget it’s one of the cheaper cuts of beef
- On cold days I can whip up some comfort food for my family by making some low-sodium beef broth to go along with my cube steak
- Even when adding some onion gravy to make smothered cube steak, this is a very healthy meal, with a great combination of low carbs and high protein content
- It is very easy to make, meaning on the days I am feeling tired, this cube steak with gravy recipe is my go-to option
Add Gravy for a Smothered Cube Steak
If it is one of those days where you feel like indulging in some comfort food, adding some gravy to your cube steak is the best thing you can do.
It is a simple additional step to the recipe that won’t take up much of your time.
The other good thing is that it doesn’t make the meal any less healthy, which is not something you can always say for comfort food.
Looking for Pairings? Try Mashed Potatoes!
If you are searching for equally easy sides to serve with your cube steak, one of the best things you can do is try mashed potatoes.
The creamy texture will compliment your cube steak very well, especially if you add some sour cream to give your mashed potatoes that little bit of extra tangy flavor.
To serve your cube steaks, try the following:
- Keep it simple with a mashed potato side covered in a little bit of beef broth, onion gravy, or mushroom soup
- Cauliflower rice is a great option if you want a low-carb pairing
- A green salad will always provide a great-tasting and healthy addition to your cubed steak recipe
- Try some sharp cheddar cheese or crispy fried onions for the toppings
Baked Cube Steak Recipe Variations and Tips
These are a few handy pieces of advice to have next time you make your smothered cubed steak recipe:
- Using cream of mushroom soup in place of whipping cream will save you some time
- If you want to switch things up, replace the beef cubes with pork cubes or swap it altogether for my favorite recipe for baked tuna steak!
- Do not put too many cubed steaks in the cast iron skillet at once if you want to achieve the best caramelization
- Store any leftovers in an airtight bag or container in the fridge for up to four days
With this easy-to-make cube steak recipe, you will never run out of ideas to make a good family meal no matter how tight your budget is or how little time you have.
Baked Cube Steak
Learn the basics of the ultimate baked cube steak recipe and be guaranteed a great dinner packed protein!
- 1 1/2 lb. cubed steak
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil/olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
- 8 oz. baby Bella mushrooms
- 1/3 c. flour
- 1 c. sour cream
- 14 oz. beef stock
- 8 oz. whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Also, heat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season your cube steaks with salt and pepper.
- Add olive oil to the pre-heated cast iron skillet. As soon as you notice that the olive oil is starting to smoke, add your cube steaks and sear for two minutes on each side.
- After searing, transfer the cube steaks to a plate and cover them with aluminum foil.
- Back in the cast iron skillet, add sliced onions, garlic powder, and mushrooms, and sauté until translucent and tender.
- To make the gravy, turn down the heat and add the thyme, Worcestershire sauce, flour, and whipping cream.
- Allow the mixture to simmer at medium heat while stirring occasionally until the cream is reduced to half.
- Add your sour cream to the seasoned flour mixture and whisk until well mixed.
- Smother the seared cube steaks with the gravy, wrap them in foil, and bake for 45 minutes in the oven. Remove the foil and bake the cube steaks for an additional 15 minutes.
- Season and serve your smothered cube steak and add optional garnish, such as chopped parsley or green onions.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1107Total Fat: 87gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 47gCholesterol: 255mgSodium: 1454mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 55g