What do you make for dinner if you just have 20 minutes? You might start wondering. Ok, that’s what we’ll be talking about today. After a busy weekend, it is time for me to make one of my favorite, quick and easy recipes. I tested with various steak recipes but came back to this simple recipe. It takes minutes to make and has an abundance of flavor. Keep reading to learn how to cook cube steak with flour.
What is Cube Steak?
Cube steak, also known as cubed or minute steak, is a tender cut of beef that is affordable and tasty. It’s usually a top round or top sirloin cut. Because these are skinny cuts, they can be hard; that is why cube steaks sometimes get popularity for inferior cuts and lower-end beef.
However, the name comes from the fact that your butcher has tenderized it using a meat tenderizer or an electric tenderizer. This is referred to as “cubing.” It is also known as minute steak in some regions due to its thin cut and rapid cooking time.
Is Ground Beef And Cube Steak the Same Thing?
If you’ve ever purchased a box of cubed steak instead of ground beef at the grocery store, you’re aware that the two are not the same. Despite the fact that they have similar packaging and are made from the same cut of beef, they are two completely different products.
Tenderizing a cube steak results in distinctive marks on the meat that resemble ground beef, which can be used to make burgers, meatloaf, and other dishes that require finely ground meat.
Why Do You Flour Your Steak?
If you’re want to add flavor and protect to your food, coat your meat, particularly with flour
It’s not just that flouring meat may thicken it; it can also add a delicious crust and protect it from the pan’s high heat. Because flour contains both sugar and proteins, browning is the result of Maillard processes, just as when you brown meat.
How To Cook Cube Steak With Flour
When it comes to cooking cube steak with flour, there are no hard-and-fast cooking rules but rather a set of guidelines.
What you plan to do with the steak determines how you prepare it? When I started cooking cube steak, I wanted something lighter, easier, and could be done in minutes.
After reviewing a variety of cube steak recipes, it appears that you can either cook it slowly over moderate heat or swiftly over high heat. The following are the most prevalent cooking methods:
- Cooked (either pan-fried or deep-fried)
After trying all of these methods, I’ve found that pan-frying cube steak is the best, quickest, and easiest.
To make this cube steak with flour, you will need the following:
- 2-3 tbsp. salted butter
- 2 tbsp. onions, minced
- 3-4 slices steak cubes
- ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. steak seasoning
- a bit of salt and pepper
- In a skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onions for 1-2 minutes.
- On a dish, combine the flour, paprika, and seasoning.
- Season steak with paper and salt and then dredge in flour mixture, taking care, not to overcoat.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the meat. Serve right away.
You can make it with any kind of gravy you like, such as a regular brown or a creamy Southern white gravy, which will work great here. You can also prepare it with mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms first in a skillet before adding the steak. Season the flour with a touch of cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, or coriander for a flavor hit.
This healthy dinner is completed with sweet potatoes or baked potatoes and steamed or roasted broccoli, making it ideal for even the busiest days. There are a few other options as well:
- Buttered Noodles
- Roasted Vegetables
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- Corn Casserole
- Arugula Salad with Lemon Balsamic Dressing
- Braised Collard Greens
Storing and Freezing
Because of the cut of meat, this recipe is better served immediately. It tends to become chewy and rubbery when overcooked. Of course, the leftovers are edible, but they aren’t quite as good.
Cube steak can refrigerate for up to three days and can also be frozen for up to three months in sealed containers. It is simple to reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
There are some useful tips to make a great cube steak:
- To produce a tasty, evenly cooked, and tender piece of steak that cooks quickly, it’s important to tenderize the cube steak.
- For even cooking, flatten using a meat tenderizer mallet.
- Using flour, dredge the steaks. Preparing the steaks this way before cooking them protects them from extreme heat and improves the exterior texture of the meat.
- With a cast iron or large skillet, you can fry cube steaks all at once without overflowing the pan and get a lovely crust without overcooking.
- Cook in batches if you just have a medium-sized skillet. Because an overcrowded pan reduces the oil temperature, the meat will take longer to cook. Your meat may be overdone and greasy due to excessive cooking.
- Smother the steaks with a delectable gravy.