How to Cook Cube Steak

Learn how to cook cube steak (made from the economical top round cut) the right way, and you'll have a flavorful meal that saves you money.

Thu, 9 Feb 2012|

-Hey, it's chef lovely here, and today, we're gonna make Cube Steak Milanese. Here are the ingredients: 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped; 1/2 cup diced red onion; 1/2 teaspoon salt divided; 1 egg plus 1 egg white; 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs; 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese plus 1/4 cup plus 1/4 shaved divided, which I will be using today; 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley; 1 pound cube steak cut into 4 portions; 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided; 6 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, also divided; 4 cups baby arugula, chopped; 3/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves; 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice plus lemon wedges for garnish. Okay, so let's begin this dish. We're gonna take our tomatoes, which I have here in this bowl. We're gonna mix in our red onion. And we're gonna season it with a little bit of salt and pepper. So, what's gonna happen? The is salt is gonna pull out any moisture that we have in our vegetables because later on we're gonna mix this in with our arugula. Let's make a beautiful salad underneath our cube stake. So, we're gonna give this a nice light toss, and then we're gonna set this to the side, and we're gonna just let it chill out and do with sting while we make our protein, okay. So, let's get that out the way. Now, we have to set up a station. We are going to coat this in some delicious bread crumbs, and I wanna make sure that we get a crispy golden brown crust. So, here we go. I'm going to season our cube steak with a little bit of salt and pepper just like this. Make sure that we are seasoning every layer here and let's flip this over, so that we season both sides, fantastic. So, little bit more salt and pepper here, great, and pepper. There we go. Okay. So, on 1 plate, I'm gonna take bread crumb here, and we're gonna take half of that parmesan cheese just like that, give that a quick little mix with your hands here just to make sure that that parmesan cheese is well incorporated and mixed, okay, give that a little shaky shake, there we go. Now, step 2 on the process, we're gonna take that egg and that egg white. We're gonna season it, little bit of salt, little bit of pepper, and we're gonna whisk this back, and then we're gonna put that into our second dish here, okay, fantastic, easy breezy. Pop that right into our dish here. There we go. Now, I'm gonna take some our oil here, and we're gonna heat this pan. So, after we're done braiding, we'll be ready to do directly on the fires. Let's get this hot, medium heat, and that's gonna get warm. So, let's go ahead and start. We're gonna show you how we take 1. We're gonna dip into our egg. Take your time here. There's no rush. Be very, very delicate with it, and then straight into our bread crumbs, just like this. So, crispy golden brown on the outside, really tender melting in mouth on the inside. So, there we go. I'm gonna finish up our last 3 remaining pieces, and then when we come back, I'm gonna show you how we go right into the pan. Okay, so all of our cube steak has now been breaded in our bread crumbs. So, let's go into our skillet here. There we go. There is 1. There is 2, 3, last one, 4. There we go. Fantastic, so we're gonna let this cooked until they are nice and golden brown on both sides. I'm gonna give my hands a wash and clean up my station a little bit, and then when we come back, we're gonna put together our remaining ingredients for our delicious meal. So, our cube steak has been sauteing in our oil here. Both sides are golden brown and absolutely delicious. So, what we're gonna do. We're gonna take this out. We're gonna put them on a plate. If you have a little bit of foil, you can tint that as well. It's gonna keep all of the moisture in. It's gonna keep it nice and hot and it's gonna be waiting for your on your way to eat. Okay, so let's go back to our bowl of tomatoes, red, onion, and a little bit of salt of pepper, as you see, these just a little bit of liquid coming out of the bowl and that's exactly what we wanted to achieve. So, this is gonna be absolutely delicious. So, let's go ahead and add in our remaining ingredients. So, we have little bit of parmesan cheese left over. We're gonna add that in. We have our parsley. We're also gonna add in some basil, so a nice liquor sheet kind of bite. We're gonna season with some salt and pepper of course. For little bit of a acidity, we're gonna add in some lemon juice as well. Don't forget, we also have a little bit of that oil, so we're gonna add that in. It's kind of making a dressing if you will. So, let's give this a toss, fantastic, okay. Now, our last ingredient is our baby arugula here. This is gonna be the body of our dish. So, let's go ahead and add that in, last little bit here. So, let's go back in, lightly toss it, bring all of those ingredients from the bottle to the top. We wanna make sure that every bit of piece of arugula has a little parmesan, has some tomato, has a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and there we go. Okay, so here we go. Let's plate this dish, beautiful plate here. I am going to take my tomato. Arugula salad, and we're gonna make 1 nice big file right in the middle of the plate just like that. Okay. This is my portion here for late. Okay, now let's go in for our cube steak. I think wanna do-- we're gonna nestle it right on the top just like that, and let me tell you, you're gonna be the star of the show for dinner tonight. I want you to go home, make this meal, enjoy it. It's crispy, it's delicious. It has the tomatoes. It has the arugula. You absolutely gonna love this dish. So, when you sit down for dinner don't forget to save me some.