Deliciously meaty, breaded, and tender. This easy pan fried cube steak recipe will tie all of your Southern side dishes together for a remarkable meal.
If you have not heard of cubed steak before, odds are, you are not from the South. This delicious dish is made from a round or top sirloin, pounded until tenderized, breaded, and then fried. Round out your meal with some more Southern staple side dishes, like creamy grits or corn bread, and you have yourself an unbeatable dinner.
This fried cube steak is an easy way to dress up cheaper cuts of meat and it takes just minutes to prepare. You can buy cubed steak at the store, but it is so much better when you do it yourself (and usually more affordable, too). Gather the family for this dinner because it is a comforting meal that will bring you all closer together.
Why You Will Love This Recipe //
- This breaded cube steak is a classic meal in the South that brings so much comfort.
- It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and only takes a few simple steps.
- The whole family will love this rich and filling meal.
- It’s a great way to use inexpensive cuts of meat and can be done in the pan, oven or even air fryer for a healthier meal.
- 2 cube steaks (beef round sirloin)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp paprika powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
How to Make Cube Steak // The Steps
Step 1: Season the cube steaks on each side with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika powder.
Step 2: Beat the egg in a bowl. Place flour and breadcrumbs in two separate bowls.
Step 3: Coat the beef with the flour, then dip it in the egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
Step 4: Heat oil for frying on medium-high heat in a large pan, then add the breaded cube steaks.
Step 5: Fry the cube steaks for 3 minutes on each side, then add the butter. Remove the pan from the heat then transfer to kitchen paper to remove excess oil.
Step 6: Serve the breaded cube rolls with lemon wedges and garnish with some fresh parsley.
There are countless ways to prepare cubed steak. If you bought the steak but realized you either don’t have some of the ingredients or would rather take it up a notch, here are some more ideas:
- Grilled cube steak: You don’t need to bread a cube steak to enjoy it! Simply marinate or season your steak to your liking and stick it on the grill for a smoky, delicious piece of meat.
- Cube steak stir fry: Chop it up and incorporate your cube steak into a stir fry! Add some veggies, soy sauce, and noodles or rice gives this meat an entirely new flavor profile.
- Stuffed cube steak: If you pound your cube steak particularly flat, you can layer cheese, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, or any other fillings on top, then roll the steak up, secure it with toothpicks, bread it, and fry it for a tasty stuffed cube steak.
- Cube steak sandwich: This is probably one of my favorite ways to eat leftovers, but you do not have to wait until the next day to enjoy it. Just place your steak on a bun, roll, or bread and dress with your favorite condiments and fillings.
Serving Suggestions //
Because it is a Southern staple, I love to serve my cube steak with Southern side dishes. Try it with mac and cheese, Brussel sprouts, collard greens, grits, corn bread, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and/or biscuits. White gravy is delicious with this steak, or you can use my no drippings gravy for a quick fix. Lastly, and probably most importantly, do not forget the sweet tea!
Cubed steak is from the bottom or top round sirloin. It’s a tougher cut of beef, so it might come tenderized by the butcher with a meat cuber.
Yes, you can. You can use a meat mallet and pound the meat with the poky side. Make sure to break through the veined parts of the round steaks.
If you are frying the breaded cubed steaks in oil, you’ll need around 6-8 minutes depending on how thick you pound the meat and what level you like your steak cooked to. If you are cooking the breaded cube steaks in the air fryer, you will need around 5 minutes at a temperature of 400° F.
How to Store Cube Steak //
You can keep any leftover cube steak in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container. I would recommend reheating in either the oven or air fryer to preserve the breaded texture, ensuring the steak is heated through before serving.