Cube steak is the secret to quick, delicious meals. This recipe has been one of our most popular since it was published ten years ago because it’s quick, easy, and it works! Learn how to cook cubed steak perfectly with this easy recipe and tips. Try it out tonight!

Do you need a quick and easy dinner recipe that everyone will love? Look no further than this simple cube steak recipe! It’s a family favorite that takes less than an hour to make. The crispy breading and tender steak are sure to please both kids and adults alike. We love to cook ours by dredging it in flour and frying it in a skillet until it’s golden brown and delicious. Plus, since cube steak is so tender, it’s great for a weeknight meal. This dish is Southern comfort food at its finest.

Cube steak fried on a white plate. 

This recipe is so easy to make and my husband loved it!


I had never heard of country-fried steak or chicken-fried steak until I moved to the city. If you live in the country, you don’t cook things and call them country-fried or chicken-fried. They’re just fried. And cube steak is just, well, cube steak. It’s not even called fried cube steak because the frying part is understood.

But I guess somebody needed to fancy up the name so folks who had never had cube steak would know what they were eating. And so, I bring you country-fried steak, also known as chicken-fried steak — or, where I come from, cube steak. This easy recipe takes just minutes to prepare, so you can have dinner on the table in a jiffy!

What is cube steak?

Cube steak is an inexpensive cut of beef that comes from the top or bottom round, which is typically a tough cut of meat. To make it tender, the butcher will pound and flatten the meat with a meat mallet. You can also do it yourself using a mallet and a bit of meat tenderizer. Cube steak may also be known as minute steak because it cooks so quickly and cuts easily.

Cube Steak Ingredients

Please see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for full ingredient amounts and instructions.

A piece of raw cubed steak.
  • Vegetable oil – if you want to go old school, you can use solid vegetable shortening or lard. Don’t use olive oil for this recipe.
  • Cube steak – if you can’t find cube steak in your grocery store, you can buy round steak and ask the butcher to tenderize it.
  • Flour – all-purpose flour is fine.
  • Tony’s seasoning – this is a personal preference. You could use a little garlic powder or even just salt and black pepper.
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Hot sauce – any brand is fine.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper – watch the salt if you’re using other seasonings like Tony’s.

Fried Cube Steak Recipe Tools

  • Large cast iron skillet
  • Baking sheet
  • Pie Plates
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How to Cook Cube Steak in a Skillet

Note: An alternate way of cooking cube steak, and the way we had it most of the time when I was growing up, is to skip the milk and egg mixture and just lightly flour the steak and fry it. That’s also how we cooked pork chops and pieces of cut round steak that weren’t cubed.

On a super busy weeknight, that’s the way to go! But my family prefers the extra breading that comes with dipping it in the milk and egg, so that’s how I usually do it.

Step 1. 
Make an assembly line with a baking sheet, two pie plates, a large skillet, vegetable oil, and a paper-towel-lined plate. I also like to have whatever sides I’m serving with the steak ready to go so we can eat as soon as the steak is done.

Step 2. Place about two cups of flour in a pie plate and add some Tony’s seasoning or just salt and pepper. In another pie plate, stir an egg and half a tablespoon of hot sauce into about two cups of buttermilk. Place cube steaks on the baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper and a little Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3. Dip the steaks in the flour mixture, then buttermilk, then again in the flour. Place the steaks back on the baking pan. You can also double this and start by dipping the steaks in the buttermilk, then flour, then milk again, then flour again. That’s a little much for me, but whatever floats your boat.

Pro Tip: I like to have my oil heating while I’m dipping the steaks. You can use vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, or even shortening. The oil should be about half an inch in the skillet, just enough to slightly come up the sides of the steak but not to cover it. Heat on medium-high heat until it sizzles if you drop in a sprinkle of flour or water. 

Two pieces of battered steak frying in a skillet.

Step 4. Carefully lay each piece of steak in the hot oil in the skillet. Fry until each side is a deep, golden brown, 3-4 minutes per side. You will probably need to turn the heat down a little as you cook. Remove steak to a paper-towel-lined plate and serve immediately.

Cubed Steak Recipe Substitutions & Variations

  • You could substitute a pounded and cubed chicken breast for the beef if you prefer.
  • An alternative to frying in oil is this Air Fryer Country Fried Steak recipe.
  • Another alternative would be this Crock Pot Cube Steak recipe, although I think you might lose a little crispiness with this one.
  • Play around with the seasonings. You could easily make Nashville Hot Country Fried Steak with a little cayenne pepper, paprika, and a drizzle of honey.

How to Serve Fried Cube Steak

The whole family would love this delicious meal: this easy cube steak recipe, along with creamy mashed potatoes, our Southern butter beans recipe, and, of course, biscuits. Best comfort food! Or you could serve green beansmacaroni and cheese, or rice. 

Most folks will also say you must have gravy, but I can’t help you with that. My gravy is pitiful, so I won’t even try to include it here. About the best I can do for you is suggest a cream of mushroom soup and onion soup mix gravy!

Fried cube steak on a plate with butter beans and mashed potatoes.

How to Store Cubed Steak

Can you freeze cube steak?

I don’t suggest freezing the cooked cube steak because you’ll lose the crispiness. However, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days and enjoy leftovers.

Heat the leftovers either in the air fryer or the oven for best results.

Recipe for cube steak FAQs

How to make cube steak tender

Your butcher will have already run the steak through a tenderizer; however, the wrong cooking technique can negate this tenderizing method. Be sure you cook on high enough heat for just a couple minutes per side. Alternatively, cook the cube steak low and slow in a crockpot.

How long to cook cube steak in frying pan?

Cook the cube steak just 3-4 minutes per side in the frying pan.

Is cube steak the same as Salisbury steak?

Cube steak and Salisbury steak are not the same thing. Cube steak is a cut of meat, usually round, that’s then pounded to tenderize it. Salisbury steak is a ground beef patty that’s typically fried and then cooked in gravy.

Are you supposed to wash cube steak before cooking?

According to the USDA, you don’t need to wash cube steak before cooking. In fact, doing so could cause more harm than good because you’re spreading bacteria.

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Cubed Steak Recipe

Cube steak is the secret to quick, delicious meals. Learn how to cook it perfectly with this easy recipe and tips. Try it out tonight!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 lbs. cubed round steak
  • 2 cups flour, plus more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons Tony’s seasoning
  • 2 cups buttermilk, plus more if needed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon hot sauce
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper


  • Make an assembly line with a baking sheet, two pie plates, and paper towel lined plate.
  • In one pie plate, add the flour and Tony’s seasoning and a little black pepper.
  • In the other pie plate, add the buttermilk and gently whisk in the egg and hot sauce.
  • Sprinkle steaks with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire.
  • Dredge steaks in flour, then dip in buttermilk mixture, then dredge in flour again. Or if you want even more breading, start by dipping in the milk, then flour, then milk again, then flour again. You may need to add more flour and/or more milk to your pans. Lay steaks on baking sheet.
  • Heat oil on medium in a large cast-iron skillet. When oil is hot, place two to three pieces of steak in skillet and fry each side until golden brown, 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove steaks and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Serve immediately.



Serving: 4servings, Calories: 763kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 63g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 197mg, Sodium: 336mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Calories: 763
Keyword: chicken fried steak, country fried steak, cube steak
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Update Notes: This Cube Steak recipe was originally published May 21, 2014, and on April 3, 2023, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips. 

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  1. I’m a southerner and all you really have to do is coat your cube steak with flavored bread crumbs and fry! Soooo tender!