Pan-Fried Cube Steaks with Simple Pan Sauce


Cube steak is a cut of meat from either the top round or the bottom round, that is run through the store's mechanical tenderizer. It is usually sold in individual portions, from 4-ounce up to 8-ounces each. Sometimes the cut is called minute steak, perhaps because it takes only minutes to prepare. I used to watch my Mom prepare these for dinner, and it's kind of a challenge to write down what I've always done without a recipe, but here it goes! You may use garlic salt, or your favorite seasoning salt, to replace the regular salt and pepper.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 cube steaks


  • 24 ounces cube steak, cut into 4 portions

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • cup Worcestershire sauce, divided

  • ½ cup water


  1. Lightly season both sides of each cube steak with salt and pepper. (See Cook's Note).

  2. Melt 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once butter is foamy, add cube steaks and sprinkle about 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce on top of each cube steak. Cook until brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Turn the steaks, and sprinkle each with an additional 1 to 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Cook until steaks are firm and reddish-pink and juicy in the center, about 3 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 135 degrees F (57 degrees C). Remove to a platter and tent with foil.

  4. To make the pan sauce, pour about 1/2 cup water into the skillet and stir all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and cook for about 2 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, until melted.

  6. Evenly divide pan sauce over each cube steak and serve warm.

Cook's Notes:

I used four 6-ounce cube steaks for this recipe.

Worcestershire sauce is quite salty. Be sure to allow for that, when adding salt or seasoned salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

393 Calories
25g Fat
4g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Protein 37g
Potassium 785mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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