Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy

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Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy is a quick and easy meal that is an economical way to serve beef to your family. Cubed steaks are coated in flour and pan-fried. This country-style steak is covered in a super flavorful onion gravy that gets lots of onion flavor from not only a large sliced onion, but a packet of dry onion soup mix.

Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy


The whole meal can be made start to finish in about 20 minutes. I love to serve Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy over mashed potatoes to soak up all that yummy gravy with a side of peas. Are you a fan of peas mixed into your mashed potatoes? I love it!

Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy


The pieces of cubed steak are dredged in a little flour that’s been seasoned with black pepper and garlic salt and then pan-fried in some vegetable oil. A cast iron pan is best, but any type of pan will work. The gravy is super easy to make from the pan drippings.

Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy is definitely worthy of a place on your regular dinner rotation!


  • Chicken Fried Steak– When it comes to comfort food, Chicken Fried Steak is the real deal. Tenderized cubed steak is breaded and pan-fried and then topped with a creamy milk gravy made from the pan drippings.
  • Swiss Steak– Cube Steak gets coated in flour and then browned in a pan. It’s slow-cooked with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and seasonings until tender. Serve it over rice or mashed potatoes for a filling meal that won’t break the bank.

Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy is southern comfort food

Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy

Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy is a quick and easy meal that is an economical way to serve beef to your family. Cubed steaks are coated in flour and pan-fried. This country-style steak is covered in a super flavorful onion gravy that gets lots of onion flavor from a large sliced onion and a packet of dry onion soup mix.
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  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed steak
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix


  • Combine flour, garlic salt, and black pepper in a pie plate or shallow dish. Dredge both sides of cubed steak in flour mixture.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Add steak (cooking in 2 batches if necessary). Cook 5 minutes per side. Remove steak from skillet and set aside.
  • If you want to thicken the gravy some, add a few teaspoons of leftover flour from dredging the steak to the drippings in the pan.
  • Add onion, broth, and onion soup mix to the drippings in the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until onions are soft.
  • Return steak to pan to warm. Serve with mashed potatoes.

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98 thoughts on “Cubed Steak with Onion Gravy

  1. I made this tonight. I changed it from my “must try” to my “favs” folder. It was amazing! I bought a side of beef and I always make chicken fried steak with the cube steaks. I wanted to try something different. This is my new fav way of preparing cube steaks. I had to improvise because I didn’t have the onion soup dry mix so I used a can of campbells French onion soup, added half can of water and sprinkled with some brown gravy mix. Absolutely fabulous! I served it with ranch mashed potatoes and sautéed squash. Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  2. Awesome recipe!!…I saw the cube steaks at the grocery and thought I would try it..I am a novice when it comes to cooking but this recipe was easy to follow…The meal was delicious. I had the cube steaks with some garlic mashed potatoes. What a meal!!!…..Thanks again for the recipe..

  3. I love his meal……I put mine in a crock pot…… no one will be able to eat this method for meat that needs no cutting to eat!!

    Turn on, go to work, dish it out when ready to eat!!

  4. This is a great recipe that I use very often. I dropped the onion soup mix. For me it makes the gravy too strong and it is perfect without the extra flavor.

  5. My family absolutely loved this recipe! My husband bought this steak by accident and didn’t know what to do with it so I looked it up on google and found this recipe. It was quick and simple and so good! I followed the recipe almost exactly except for I switched beef broth for beefy mushroom soup. Served it with mashed potatoes and for those who like rice instead I made a pot of white rice.

  6. I have never made cube steak before because I’ve been served this many times & never liked it much. The other day I found cube steak for a ridiculously low price so I bought it. I researched & researched & stumbled across this recipe. It’s the best! I used my beef & onion gravy but did EVERYTHING else the same. I served it over homemade potatoes. It was a hit! I will make this often. THANK YOU!

  7. Oh… my… this is what my soul needed today! I even made it with 1 to 1 gluten free flour.
    I didn’t have soup mix but all I did was look up the soup mix recipe and put in the spices needed. Was fantastic. I love that it’s not too breaded. This is a great recipe! Good job.

  8. I just made this. It is very good. Thank you. I didn’t have any soup mix though. Next time I will add Worcestershire, the soup mix, green peppers and mushrooms. I also used some Tony’s for that Cajun kick. I know next time it will be even better. Wish I could add pictures to this comment. Thank you, again. Very good!

  9. Excellent recipe to tweek to your personal tastes.

    I omitted the onion soup mix and used a tsp of “Better than Bouillon” to jack up the beef flavor.

    I didn’t use the beef broth and used 2 thinly sliced onions and a drained can of white mushrooms, I added 4 oz of water.

    I let the skillet of beef simmer for 15 minutes, turned the meat and let it simmer until the meat was super tender (about 15 more minutes)

    Served it with fresh peas, homemade sour dough bread and garlic mashed potatoes.

    Totally awesome dinner, my guests were almost licking their plates

  10. I have never left a review before but this was seriously delicious! Like amazingly delicious! I made the gravy with the drippings and some flour, onion soup and beef bouillon base/water. It’s smack yourself good! Super easy and tons of rich flavor! Definitely doing this again and it beats plain old cube steak in the crockpot with some beef gravy. Thanks for an amazing recipe!

  11. Very delicious! Though I used low sodium beef broth, the onion soup mix did make it a tad too salty for our taste. Next time, I’d use less of the mix–or try none at all. The sauce already has a large onion in it, so the onion soup mix might be overkill. I used a T of Worcestershire sauce in it to jazz it up a bit…I simmered the beef for 20 minutes in the gravy to make sure it was fork tender…and it was!

  12. Got cubed steak at a great price during the pandemic since I work for a food supplier. Tried this recipe and it was a hit! I’ll make it regularly now. Simple and yummy.

  13. Cooking instructions via IP are missing. Good flavor mix but had to go to other recipes to find IP cooking instructions and Release info.
    Recipe looked good but lacked cooking instructions to the end.

  14. Found cubed steak at a good price a couple days ago, can’t wait to try this tonight. I love mashed potatoes but feel with the small amount of gravy this makes, why not try grits as a side. It just sounds right to me. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Both my picky daughter and I LOVED this recipe. I followed it to a T. … I made it 2 weeks ago, and she’s asking for it again. It came out very tender, delicious, and flavorful. I will be definitely making it again.
    Thank You,

  16. Both my picky daughter and I LOVED this recipe.. it’s definitely a keeper. She’s still raving how delicious it was 2 weeks when I first made it, and asking for it again. It came out very flavorful and tender, and I followed the recipe to a T.

  17. I made this for dinner the other night, and it turned out perfect!! I loved the idea of using the onion soup mix with the gravy mixture. I made loaded baked potatoes to go with it (bacon, sharp cheddar, etc). Fast forward to tonight, I cut my cubed steak into chunks, basically following the same recipe for the gravy (I added freshly minced garlic in with the onions and sautéed them before I made it), and I cooked a big pot of egg noodles and beef broth to serve under it. It was such a wonderful meal. I don’t think I’ll ever make gravy another way. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe❤️

  18. Haven’t made this for years, but this was the only recipe that brought back the memories of how delish it could be with mashed potatoes. First, i sauted onions then mushrooms and a minced garlic glove in a quarter cup veggie oil till tender. Removed veggies from pan. Set veggies aside to addlatter. Added some more olive oil to pan, dredged cubed steak in seasoned flour and fried for about 5 minutes on each side. I then added beef broth and let simmer to reduce. May need to add some cornstarch and water mix so it doesn’t dry? Simmer for about 30 minutes add onion, garlic, mushroom mix to sauce and simmer for another 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve wit& mashed potatoes and some roasted asparagus. Great meal! This recipe sounds great, but heard lots of complaints on the salt in onion soup mix. It’s just an old time way of making it.

    1. I make this out camping in my Dutch oven, but I sauté a Serrano or a Jalepeno with the onion, flour, butter/oil mixture. The beef and gravy complements an iron skillet full of hash browns. A good box wine and a dessert of peeled and segmented oranges and blueberries works well.

  19. I always cooked cubed steak in a crockpot w cream of mushroom and other ingredients… never really cared for it. BUT this recipe. WOW. The only thing I did different was discard half of my drippings added flour to thicken (like recipe said) and used rice to pour it over.

    1. I have been making the cubed steak for years but with Campbell’s cream of onion soup. I always have mashed potatoes and a side dish of corn. So good.

  20. Cubed steak and gravy is as older than I am (70 years). Everybody can quibble all day about the salt, the soup, the onions, blah, blah. At its simplest, steak (cubed from the butcher or grocer) is dredged in flour, then fried in a little grease (preferably bacon grease or lard). Take the steak out after browning and make a roux of the grease and flour. Then toss in a whole Spanish onion, sliced thin – though from the Vidalia onion growing region of GA, my Mother never liked to cook with Vidalias since they were lacking in “oomph”. After everything tenderizes, serve it over mashed ‘taters or rice, with plenty of salt and pepper to taste.

  21. Perfect. Simmer longer than stated but you just have to eyeball it, as noted. You can use chicken broth if you don’t have beef and it is still delicious.

  22. This turned out much tastier than I was expecting. We added mushrooms with the onions and that added to it I think. Great recipe. We’ll be making this quite often!

  23. I can’t wait to try this recipe after reading all the posts. Sounds delicious and easy, especially simmering to increase the tenderness. I’m with you: I grew up on the border between Texas and Arkansas eating bird’s nests, mashed potatoes with a depression for English pea “bird eggs.”

  24. I made this dish last night along with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. It was a huge hit. Meat was so tender and the onion gravy was delish!!

  25. I like the idea of adding mushrooms. I also put it in the oven on 325 and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Watch it while it simmers to be sure it doesn’t burn. It was awesome. Will be a permanent fixture at my house.

  26. I loved it and so did my Family. I am making this again tonight for my nephew to try. His favorite meal is country style steak with milk gravy but I bet I can convert him to become an onion gravy lover once he tries it. Thanks for this recipe.

  27. I used one can of beef broth and one of French Onion soup. I simmered and thickened the sauce with corn starch until it reached a desired consistency before putting the meat back in. I covered and simmered it to ensure the meat was tender. I also added a bit of Worcestershire sauce. It was not too salty and my husband loved it!

  28. E-yass in my New Orleans slang, recipe was very simple and a def keeper. I added mushrooms as well. Yummy

  29. I used the 50% low sodium beef broth. It was fantastic! We did use mushrooms, we used baby bellas. Net time I will go with white mushrooms. It just seemed a bit to beefy with the portabella mushrooms. Other than that I would not change a thing. What an inexpensive meal fit for company. Garlic mashed potatoes and fresh sauteed greens. Thank you for sharing this one, it’s a keeper.

        1. It is steak that has been pounded with a meat mallet to tenderize. Some meat cutters will do this before it is placed out for sale.

          1. If I’m not mistaken, round steaks are typically cubed. Chuck steak has better uses because of the fat content.

  30. It was very good but I thought it was too salty. I think I would cut the soup mix in half and possibly try a low sodium beef broth. Someone suggested mushrooms. I might try that next time!

  31. For those who say the meat was tough, I’ve always simmer until tender. Some experienced saltiness, I believe that is from the onion mix, rather than the broth. Tasty & quick meal. This is one of the 1st recipes I learned from my mom.

  32. With ALL DUE RESPECT….
    Either ir’s just me, or, it takes quite a bit longer than 25 minutes of prep AND cook time. It took me almost 50 minutes. The vast majority being the simmering of the onions. (Maybe, I was afraid of burning it! Lol)
    However…I will say this…IT WAS MAGNIFICENT!!!

    P.S. I’m a 56 year old man whose wife of 36 years got a boyfriend and walked out on me, 17 months ago. So…it probably WAS me! 😉😁😊 Ixm still new to all of this.
    I did not see where to rate stars…but, my rating isn 5 STARS! NO, SIX!!



  33. I did this,with mushrooms, and it was delicious, also precooked my meat in the pressure cooker, and added red vinger, the ingredients and meat to another skillet. It was yummy.

  34. A very tasty, quicky recipe. I will definitely try again. I got rid of most of the oil after frying. I just allowed a bit of oil to cover the frying pan and proceeded to add broth and so on and so forth.

    1. I did this,with mushrooms, and it was delicious, also precooked my meat in the pressure cooker, and added the ingredients and meat to another skillet. It was yummy.

    1. I didn’t use soup mix. Dehydrated onion and salt are the two main ingredients in the mix. Since you have real onions already, it seems redundant. I added onion powder for even more onion flavor, garlic powder, black pepper,salt and some thyme.

  35. Great recipe! I also feel like it needs a “little pizzaz” added, will have to play w some spices next time! But great as is too! TY

    1. Try sprinkling the meat with Charlie’s choice. It has all the flavors you need. I believe you can buy it on Amazon. We use it on almost all our meats.

  36. This was a quick and certified meal. Ingredients was simple and we already had it at home. I did not have to make any runs to the store at all. I cooked this with a side of rice, homemade cornbread, and peas. It took me approximately 20mins to do everything!!! My fiance and I love it.

  37. I’ve made this as written but felt it needed something more. The last time I made it, I sautéd mushrooms in a little butter and combined with the onions and it turned out great.

  38. I made this exactly like the recipe said and even put peas in the mashed potatoes and it turned out spectacular! The meat was so tender and flavorful. I was looking for a quick recipe with cubed steak and this was perfect. Thank you.

  39. This recipe was AMAZING! Quick and delicious. I didn’t have the whole onion, so I used frozen chopped peppers and onions that I had in my freezer. Also instead of beef broth I used water and added a few seasonings. I read how some people thought the beef broth was too salty. I also seasoned the steaks with garlic salt before covering in flour. The end result was PERFECT! My husband loved it! This will definitely be in the weeknight dinner rotation.

  40. Usually use ground beef instead of steak & water instead of beef broth(too salty). I will try this with steak.

  41. I also added green beans as a side, added mushrooms w/ the onion’s but if you ask me it’s all about the cast iron skillet!
    Will make this recipe a must go to again and again..

  42. Two things I changed. First, I wasn’t going to make a gravy with a 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, so I poured it out. Then is has you adding the broth at the same time as the onions. The onions looked caramelized in the picture, and I like them that way. So, I added the onions (with a little pat of butter) and cooked them some, then I added the broth and onion soup mix.
    My Husband, Son and I all loved it!
    This will be my new Cubed Steak Recipe
    Thank You

    1. I seriously think the oil amount is a typo, that seems like an awful lot. If I used oil it would be maybe a couple tbsp.

  43. A1, I made this and my family enjoyed it. I added a cup of fresh mushrooms for added flavor. I will definitely be making it again.

  44. This is a great recipe. I add fresh mushrooms to it. Serve wiht mashed potatoes and green beans for a delish meal. So easy too.

  45. This was easy and delish…I added a little butter and Basil.. good with home made mashed taters and green beans,dinner rolls… Yummy

  46. This recipe was awesome of course i tweeked it a little and added potatoes and some turkey gravy to make somewhat of a soup my seasonings were parsley cilantro peppers and seasoning salt and onions and it’s amazing

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