Cube steak

Cube steak

Cube steak

Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes

A soul food staple.


  • 5 cube steaks
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ~1/2 cup avocado oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 2” sliver of onion
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water + more, as needed
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt (or a mix of paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and salt)
  • Morton’s Nature’s season
  • Pepper


Cook the steaks

  1. Place unwashed steaks into a clean kitchen sink. Generously season both sides with Lawry’s and pepper.
  2. Stir flour, 1 1/2 tsp. of Lawry’s, and 1 tsp. of black pepper together in a large bowl. Add steaks, flipping several times to coat all sides completely.
  3. Add enough oil to a large cast iron skillet to cover the bottom by 1/4”. Preheat oil on medium low (2-3) for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Once oil is ready, turn heat up to medium (5). Add steaks to skillet in a single layer. (If doing in batches, cook largest pieces first. Oil is ready when a small sprinkle of flour sizzles when added).
  5. Allow to fry until underside has formed a distinctive brown crust, ~3-4 minutes. Flip steaks and rearrange in pan to avoid uneven cooking. Cook another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Repeat flipping and cooking once or twice more, until juices are no longer pink. Move steaks to a plate and set aside.

Make the gravy

  1. Cut onion in half, then into 1/4” strips. Add to the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low (3). Continuously stir the onion around until translucent.
  2. Add enough flour to skillet to form a paste, ~1/3 cup. Stir continuously for another minute until fully combined.
  3. Allow gravy to cook for ~4-5 minutes, stirring once or twice, until it reaches a rich brown color.
  4. Add hot water and stir until smooth. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Once a slightly runny gravy is achieved, add steaks back to skillet.
  6. Cover skillet and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes, adding water and seasonings and stirring, as needed.
  7. Once finished, turn heat to low and leave covered until ready to serve.

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