Cube Steak and Gravy

P1020309My husband and I raise a few cattle, and recently had a steer butchered. So, we now have a freezer full of beef, which is wonderful! I love eating clean beef that we raised!

So, I am looking for new beef recipes to add to my repertoire. Cube Steak is a cut I wanted to work on. I have only worked with cube steaks a few times, and have never loved the outcome- It’s a cut that tends to be tough and chewy. So, my mom suggested trying Cube Steaks baked in gravy- which is how she likes to make them.

Many tips from mom later, a wonderful dinner was created. The steaks were tender and bathed in a beautiful, bubbly, brown gravy. I was pleased, and Tim (my hubby) loved it! Will make this one again.

  • 4-6 cube steaks
  • flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  •  Oil
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • water
  • onion (optional)

Pour a little oil (1- 2 Tbs) and 2 Tbs. butter into a frying pan. and heat on medium-high heat.

While the oil/butter is heating up, add some flour to a separate pan or bowl. Sprinkle in 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Dredge the cube steaks in the flour, one at a time, and place in the frying pan.


Brown on both sides on medium-high heat.

(you are not cooking these through. You are ONLY cooking until they are a little browned on both sides.)

Continue until you have browned all the steaks. (add a small amount more of oil/butter if needed)

Add these to a large baking dish.

Sprinkle with a very small amount of cayenne pepper, if you like a little spiciness. If not- just leave it out.


If desired, you can slice up some onions and lay them over the steaks. This will add more flavor. But, if you don’t care for onions- this step is completely optional, as well.

Now, back to your frying pan. We are going to use the leftover meat drippings in the pan to make a gravy. There probably won’t be an abundance of meat drippings left over, but it will be enough to make a tasty gravy.

Start with a 1/2 cup of cold water. Add 2 large spoonfuls of flour and mix well with a fork. Add this to the pan that has the meat drippings. Stir with a wire whisk immediately. This should create a thick ‘paste’. Add another 2 cups of water. Now just whisk and whisk until the gravy begins to smooth out and thicken a little.


Once slightly thickened, add another 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Allow to bubble and thicken again. Keep whisking frequently so the gravy does not burn.

Just a note: The gravy will not look very brown at this point, and it will not be as thick as a finished gravy- but that’s what it will turn into as it bakes!

Pour the gravy over the cubed steaks.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for at least 1 hour at 375. (I suggest baking for 1 1/2 hours)

For the last 10 minutes of cooking, uncover. This will help the gravy to thicken and darken to a beautiful, bubbly brown gravy.


Remove from oven and serve! The cube steaks should be fully cooked and tender.

This is delicious alongside mashed potatoes  or brown rice. They hold the gravy really well!!



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22 thoughts on “Cube Steak and Gravy

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  2. Hanna August 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply

    Made this last night & it was delicious! I used mushrooms instead of onions though. It was yummy with baked potatoes and more flavorful than I expected.

  3. makeithomemade August 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm Reply

    So glad you enjoyed it! Yum- Mushrooms sounds wonderful in it!

  4. Chanel Williams October 14, 2013 at 11:56 pm Reply

    I loved it and so did my sons. I googled how to make cube steak. And your web page came up. Thank You!! Next I will make your tender crockpot ribs with honemade bbq sauce. I glanced at a few other recipes and I happy to see you don’t need alot of ingredients.

    • makeithomemade October 15, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

      Chanel, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. We actually just ate these for dinner last night, too! 🙂

  5. janet torres October 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm Reply

    i do these the same way but also add sliced green peppers along with the onions , and sometimes add cut up carrots and potatoes , plus i like mushroom soup with half a can of milk added to it . makes great gravy too ..cover with tin foil while baking . take off foil for last 15 min of cooking .. then serve hot biscuits with it and butter ..yummy ~

  6. James December 12, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply

    This sounds just like how my Mom used to cook this. It always came out so tender and good. She always had to make two big bowls everyone liked it so much.

  7. sabrina March 5, 2014 at 11:07 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try this. For a simpler version you can also dip cube steaks(or beef tips) in flour and cook til browned. Cut up and place in a casserole dish. Mix in Cream of Mushroom soup with water to make gravy and cook at 350 for 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Serve over Rice. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Regina Dickerson March 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Delicious. My kids really liked the meal. Cube steak was very tender. Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  9. JLaw May 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Holy smokes! This is the most delicious recipe for cube steak I’ve found. Prepared with salt, pepper and garlic powder before flouring the meat. Also prepared with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, rolls, and corn for the kiddos. The gravy really made this recipe, FAR above and beyond my expectations. Added a sliced bell pepper before putting in the oven. PLEASE try this recipe, it’s comfort food at it’s finest.

    • makeithomemade May 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

      JLaw- thanks for much for your generous review! So glad you enjoyed it. This has become one of my favorite meals as well 🙂 Your complete meal sounds delicious!

  10. Erica May 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm Reply

    I grew up with this recipe and it’s amazing!!! Now that we have little ones I have learned to make it in the crock pot 🙂 Place the cube steak in the crockpot (without browning), and cover with gravy. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours… it’s amazing and very soft!

  11. Joseph tolka September 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm Reply

    I just used this recipe but thought the gravy was a lil bland. Great recipe btw! I added 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce amazing thank you and I hope you try it with the Worcestershire also

    • janet torres September 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

      try it with a package of dry onion soup mix over it and add some water to it . its good that way too , i have done that and added a small can of sliced mushrooms drained also this is the second way i have made these . the other way is printed on october 24 , 2013

  12. Tessa October 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

    I have struggled for years with getting cube steak tender enough. I have used this recipe twice now and must say it is a keeper. The cube steak is so tender that it falls apart in the pan. I have played with the recipe some and added mushrooms once. It was awesome as well. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe!!!

  13. Cashmere October 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Best Cube Steak recipe I’ve found. Absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Nickie November 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Just tried these for supper tonight and I wont lie (I burnt the sauce) so instead I used a can of cream of mush soup then added mush and onions on top. It was a DINNER HIT.. needless to say there was nothing left to throw away. Mommy Score!! Thanks for a new meal idea..

  15. Sheryl December 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Made this for dinner tonight, never had any luck with cube steak. This recipe is a keeper, I did cook it the 1 1/2 hours and it was fork tender. My family loved it!!! Definitely a keeper for me.

  16. sixloadsunder April 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Kari, thanks for sharing this! My family loves cube steak with rice and gravy. I wanted a different version of it just to mix it up a little and this fit the bill perfectly. Thanks for taking time to share!

  17. jeff April 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm Reply

    Tried this tonight using venison cube steak. My wife is not a fan of gravy and got seconds. Even made lunch from it for the next day. Must try everyone!!!!!!

  18. Joy February 20, 2018 at 9:07 am Reply

    Enjoyed this recipe very much! Just what I was looking for.

  19. Jennifer April 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm Reply

    I heavily season my flour with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and seasoned salt. I also use the same flour for the gravy. Instead of water I use beef broth. I also add mushrooms with the onions. I cook it covered for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, remove the foil and broil for maybe 5 minutes to darken the gravy a bit.

    This recipe is so good! My family loves it!

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