Cubed steak is a cut of beef that has been tenderized by machine pounding or by using a meat mallet. This breaks down the muscle fibers, resulting in a more tender piece of meat that cooks up quickly. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook cubed steak in 4 different ways.

1. How To Cook Cubed Steak on Stove

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cubed steak
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

Instructions

Pat the cubed steak dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge the steaks lightly in 1/2 cup of flour, shaking off any excess.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cubed steaks and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until browned. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

Reduce heat to medium, then whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour to the skillet drippings. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute.

While whisking, slowly pour in 1 1/2 cups beef broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes, until thickened to your desired consistency.

Taste the gravy and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Return the steaks and any juices to the skillet. Spoon gravy over the top to coat. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes to allow flavors to meld before serving.

2. How To Cook Cubed Steak in Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cubed steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Pat cubed steak dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Dredge lightly in 1/2 cup flour.

In an oven-safe skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Brown steaks for 1 minute per side.

Transfer skillet to preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until steak reaches desired doneness. Remove and transfer steaks to a plate.

Place skillet over medium heat on the stovetop. Whisk in 3 tablespoons flour and cook for 1 minute.

Slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cups beef broth, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom. Simmer until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.

Return steaks to the gravy, turning to coat. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes before serving.

3. How To Cook Cubed Steak in Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cubed steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour for dredging

Instructions

Pat cubed steak dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Dredge lightly in flour, shaking off excess.

Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil. Arrange floured steaks in a single layer without overcrowding.

Air fry at 400°F for 6-8 minutes. Flip steaks and air fry 6-8 minutes more until desired doneness.

Let steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy as is or with your favorite sauce.

4. How To Cook Cubed Steak in Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cubed steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

Season cubed steak all over with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker and top with sliced onions.

Pour beef broth over top until steak is partially submerged. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Stir mixture into crockpot.

Cook for 20-30 minutes more, until gravy is thickened. Taste and season further if desired.

Serve cubed steak and gravy over mashed potatoes or rice. Enjoy!

Cubed steak is budget-friendly while still being satisfying when cooked properly. Try out these recipes for tender, juicy cubed steak using four different cooking methods – on the stove, in the oven, air fryer, or slow cooker.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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