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This Cube Steak is a tender and juicy beef steak seared in beef broth, onion, and garlic powder, then made with the best mushroom gravy. A simple and delicious meal made in less than 30 minutes!

I love to cook beef, and steak is one of my favorite ways to do that! For more simple steak recipes, try this Garlic Butter Herb Steak Bites with Potatoes, this delicious Brown Sugar Garlic Flank Steak, or these yummy Creamy Garlic Steak Bites with Mushrooms.

Cube steak with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy with a side of green beans.

Easy Cube Steak Recipe

This delicious recipe is easy to make and packs a punch with flavor. Cube steak is a type of beef cut known to be a tough piece of tender meat. Usually, it is either top round or top sirloin when purchased. It is then flattened by pounding and tenderized before cooking. Cube steak got its name because of the indentations that are on the cube steak after it has been tenderized by a meat tenderizer.

To get this meat as tender and juicy as possible, you will want to make sure you take time to tenderize your meat about 20-30 minutes before you start cooking. Once you see how delicious it turns out and you drizzle on some delicious mushroom sauce, you won’t be able to resist seconds!

Cube Steak Ingredients

This delicious meat combination with a mushroom sauce is mouth-watering and one of the best meals I have made. Our family loves to make it over and over again. To find out the exact ingredient measurements, check out the recipe card that’s at the bottom of the post.

  • Flour: I used all-purpose flour in this recipe.
  • Salt and Pepper: These enhance the flavors of the ingredients.
  • Onion Powder: This gives a slight onion flavoring to the base of the seasoning.
  • Garlic Powder: The garlic flavor really adds in a delicious taste.
  • Olive Oil: You can use vegetable oil or canola oil if that’s what you have instead!
  • Cube Steaks: When you purchase, these will be top-round or sirloin steaks.

Mushroom Gravy

  • Olive Oil: You will cook the onions and mushrooms in the oil.
  • Onion: You can use a yellow onion or a white onion.
  • Mushrooms: Slice these up to be the same size so that they cook evenly.
  • Beef Broth: This acts as a base for the sauce.
  • Onion Soup Mix: The onions in the soup mix complement the onions in the seasoning for the steak.
  • Cornstarch and Water: Combining these two together helps thicken up the sauce.

How to Cook Cube Steak

So simple to make with only two easy steps. Then, create a delicious mushroom gravy that is out of this world good. Combined, it is the perfect combination and so delicious!

  1. Mix together seasoning: In a small bowl, combine the flour, pepper, salt, onion, powder, and garlic powder.  Add the cube steak and coat with the flour on each side.
  2. Cook the cube steak: In a medium-sized skillet, add the olive oil.  Over medium-high heat, add the cube steak and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. To make the mushroom gravy:  Add the olive oil and sliced onions.  Sauté for 4-5 minutes and add in the mushrooms until they are tender and the mushrooms are golden.  Add in the beef broth and onion soup mix and mix until dissolved.  Combine the cornstarch and water and whisk in a small bowl.  Add to the gravy and mix.  Add the cube steaks back to the gravy and let simmer until the sauce has started to thicken.

Tips for Making Cube Steak

Combined, this steak and mushroom gravy is the perfect combination. It is simple to make and comes together in less than 30 minutes. These tips are here to help you better the cube steak recipe and make this over and over again.

  • Let rest: It is best to allow the steaks time to rest out of the cold refrigerator about 20 to 30 minutes ahead of cooking time.
  • Preparing cube steak: Be sure to remove any moisture from the cube steak by patting it dry with a paper towel. This will ensure the steak will sear evenly as well as have a crispy crust.
  • Tenderize meat: Pound the steak using a meat tenderizer. This helps your steak become tender and juicy.
  • Overcooking: It is best not to overcook the cube steak. It will become rubbery and hard to eat.
  • Thicken gravy: Mix together a slurry or roux of cornstarch or flour with water. Slowly add it to the mushroom gravy for the desired thickness.
  • Beef broth: For more flavor, add in beef broth instead of water.
The process of making cube steak. Cooking cube steak on a skillet, then caramelizing onions and mushrooms together making a mushroom gravy sauce.

Cooking Temperatures for Steak

It’s important to know what temperature to cook your steak to so that you don’t overcook it (or undercook it). I use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of my steak.

  • Rare: 115 degrees Fahrenheit; Remove when it reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Medium-Rare: 125 degrees Fahrenheit; Remove when it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Medium: 135 degrees Fahrenheit; Remove when it reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Medium-Well:140 degrees Fahrenheit; Remove when it reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Well Done: 150 degrees Fahrenheit; Remove when it reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cube steak in the mushroom gravy sauce cooking in a skillet.

How to Store Leftovers

This cube steak recipe is delicious and tastes just as good the next day! Here are a few ways to store this delicious recipe:

  • Can you make it ahead of time? Yes, the cube steak can be prepared and tenderized ahead of time to save even more time when cooking. Also, the seasoning and mushroom gravy can be made ahead of time separately and stored in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours ahead of time.
  • Can you freeze steak? Yes! This makes a great freezer meal. After cooking your steak, let it cool completely and place it in a ziplock bag or airtight container. Add the steak with the gravy to the bag and freeze, laying flat for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  • How to reheat cube steak: Cube steak can be warmed up on a skillet on medium-low heat or in the microwave.
Cube steak cooked in a mushroom gravy sitting in a skillet.

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Cube Steak

4.68 from 31 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
This Cube Steak is a tender and juicy beef steak seared in beef broth, onion, and garlic powder, then made with the best mushroom gravy. A simple and delicious meal made in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people


Mushroom Gravy:


  • In a small bowl combine the flour, pepper, salt, onion, powder and garlic powder. Add the cube steak and coat with the flour on each side.
  • In a medium sized skillet add the olive oil. Over medium high heat add the cube steak and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • To make the mushroom gravy: Add the olive oil and sliced onions. Sauté for 4-5 minutes and add in the mushrooms until they are tender and mushrooms are golden. Add in the beef broth and onion soup mix and mix until dissolved. Combine the cornstarch and water and whisk in a small bowl. Add to the gravy and mix. Add the cube steaks back to the gravy and let simmer until sauce has started to thicken.



Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 18gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 404mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    YUM! Made this for dinner with leftover mashed potatoes. I cooked the onion and mushroom first in case the meat stuck, also I didn’t have onion soup mix so I used ranch instead. This made the cube steak so tender. Held out the teaspoon of flavored flour to thicken. Going in my saved recipe for sure!

  2. Made this tonight for dinner. I thought it might be too salty with the onion soup mix so I added red wine and simmered for 45 minutes. Served it over rice and it was delicious! Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    We made this last night using elk cube steak. This recipe is a keeper. We will keep this in our rotation of favorite recipes!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Cubed steak needs to be slow cooked in order for it to be tender. I browned the steaks and put in the crock pot with some red wine and cooked for a few hours. I sautéed the onions and mushrooms in red wine and doubled the broth. I poured the gravy over the steaks and cooked another hours. I served with mashed potatoes and it was amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    So delicious & easy to make. My family couldn’t get enough. Definitely a keeper. I served this with mashed potatoes and a green salad.

  6. 5 stars
    This was really really good, as good as it looks in the photos. I am not a great cook but this was pretty easy and delicious. Keeping this one! Thanks

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I made it exactly as stated. The only thing I’ll do differently next time is to double the Broth and cornstarch. The mushrooms and onions and soup mix were perfect. Just needed more liquid because it was so flavorful. Definitely will make again.

  8. 3 stars
    First time making this kind of receipe. It was good, but wayyyyy to salty, even with reduced salt broth. I would make again, but maybe find something to sub the onion soup mix, which I suspect was the salt culprit.

    1. 4 stars
      Sandy, I agree with you, onion soup is the salty culprit. I have found that to be true with other recipes, so I always cut back to about 1/4 a package, but I personally, don’t like salt at all. I do the same with Ranch powder in recipes, use maybe a teaspoon or 2. Overall, good dish here though 🙂

  9. Your recipe for the Mushroom Gravy calls for 1 package onion soup mix. Does this mean 1 envelope or the two that come in the box?

  10. This is a great recipe. I made it without the mushrooms because we don’t like them. I was happy when I picked up my husband’s completely cleaned plate. I served it with Mashed potatoes and steamed Vegetables. Will be making this often

  11. 5 stars
    This was an awesome meal. I browned the meat and put everything in the crock pot tip finish the cooking. Wow, great flavor and smell. Very tender meat and plenty of sauce for the mashed potatoes. I will make again.

  12. 4 stars
    Gravy was excellent, but my cube steak was so tough as to be almost inedible. Next time i’ll choose a different cut of meat.

    1. Hey there! Cube steak is a cut of meat that benefits from a nice simmer. Try it again and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes. You can wait to thicken with the cornstarch until then.

      1. Yes, I always simmer at least a half hour or until tender when I test it. Then thicken and add more liquid if necessary.

  13. 5 stars
    Yummy! The best cube steak recipe I’ve ever tried. Even my salt adverse husband ate it all. I would suggest reduced salt broth for people like him (high blood pressure) but otherwise don’t make a change!