Cube Steak Parmesan

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If you’re looking for a quick dinner recipe, flavorful slow cooker Cube Steak Parmesan is the answer. Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.

When you think of beef in an Italian dish, your mind will probably turn to meatballs, lasagna, a homemade ragu or other even an Italian soup.

Today we’re taking a cut of beef that you may not often use and turning it into an easy Italian dinner the whole family can enjoy.

A close up of a plate of food, with Cube steak

A special thank you to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring this post! We are proud to live in Ohio, where there are over 17.000 beef farming families who work with nutritionists, environmentalists and community leaders to ensure that the beef they are producing is safe, wholesome and nutritious.

We greatly depend on our slow cooker on busy weeknights. Getting a dinner prepared in advance and then letting it cook all day allows me to have more time to sit around the table with my family, hearing about their day, rather than running around the kitchen preparing food.

I’m excited to share with you just one more way to use your slow cooker to make a delicious meal!

What is cube steak?

When you see cube steak in the store, they may look like ground beef or hamburger patties. They are in fact, not the same thing!

Cube Steaks are cut from the round (rear end), which means it can be a tougher cut than some other cuts. The steak cut is tenderized and flattened, which is what makes the classic “look” of a cube steak that you remember from childhood.

Is cube steak lean?

Yes! Because it is cut from the round, cube steak is generally a very lean cut of beef. Recent research shows that enjoying lean beef can help maintain normal cholesterol levels, making it a great addition to your healthy lifestyle.

Not only is cube steak lower in fat, but beef in general provides over 10 essential nutrients and about half of the daily recommended protein (about 25 grams) in just 3 ounces.

A plate of food, with Cube steak and Sauce

How to Cook Cube Steak

If you are cooking a cube steak in gravy, you can saute it in a frying pan. You can also pan fry steaks for classic recipes such as country fried steak.

Our favorite method is slow cooking. Cooking beef in the slow cooker until they are fork tender is one of my favorite ways to cook beef. Cube steaks are great for slow cooking. By slow cooking (or braising), you’ll end up with a cube steak that doesn’t need a knife. It will cut easily with just a fork.

How to Make Cube Steak Parmesan

  • Place the flour, cornstarch, garlic salt, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper in a bowl and mix.
  • Crack the eggs into a second bowl and use a whisk or a fork to whisk them until they are lemony in color.
cube steak dredged in egg mixture
  • Dip each cube steak into the egg first and then coat each side with the flour mixture.
cube steak in a bowl of flour
  • Continue with each cube steak, moving them to a plate or a cutting board to rest. Allow the cube steaks to rest with the flour mixture on them for 10 minutes.
floured cube steaks
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to ripple.
  • Place the prepared cube steaks into the hot oil and brown it on each side. This should only take a minute or so on each side.
cube steaks in a skillet
  • Once the beef is browned, place each piece of steak in a slow cooker.
cube steaks in a slow cooker
  • Pour the spaghetti sauce over the beef. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 6-7 hours).
cube steaks in a slow cooker covered with sauce
  • The last 5 minutes of cooking, remove the lid and place the 4 slices of cheese over the cube steaks. Recover the slow cooker and let it rest for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
cube steaks in a slow cooker with sauce and cheese
  • Serve the steaks over spaghetti or spaghetti squash with additional sauce and a sprinkling of fresh parsley if desired.
cube steaks in a slow cooker with cheese

What to Serve with Cube Steak Parmesan

We serve this cube steak with a side of pasta (or use spaghetti squash for a low carb version) and a side salad. Here are a few other ideas!

cube steak on a spatula with cheese

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A close up of a plate of cube steak and pasta with sauce and cheese

Other Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

Cube Steak Parmesan
Cube Steak Parmesan

Cube Steak Parmesan

4.78 from 9 votes
If you're looking for a quick dinner recipe, flavorful slow cooker Cube Steak Parmesan is the answer. Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.
Servings 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds beef cube steak
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs (whisked)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (for browning)
  • 24 ounces spaghetti sauce (plus more for serving)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • fresh snipped parsley (optional)
  • freshly grated parmesan (for topping)
  • spaghetti or spaghetti squash

Instructions
 

  • Place the flour, cornstarch, garlic salt, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper in a bowl and mix.
  • Crack the eggs into a second bowl and use a whisk or a fork to whisk them until they are lemony in color.
  • Dip each cube steak into the egg first and then coat each side with the flour mixture. Continue with each cube steak, moving them to a plate or a cutting board to rest. Allow the cube steaks to rest with the flour mixture on them for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to ripple.
  • Place the prepared cube steaks into the hot oil and brown it on each side. This should only take a minute or so on each side.
  • Once the beef is browned, place each piece of steak in a slow cooker.
  • Pour the spaghetti sauce over the beef. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 6-7 hours).
  • The last 5 minutes of cooking, remove the lid and place the 4 slices of cheese over the cube steaks. Recover the slow cooker and let it rest for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve the steaks over spaghetti or spaghetti squash with additional sauce and a sprinkling of fresh parsley if desired.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6 (no pasta or squash included). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 1651mg | Potassium: 959mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 769IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 5mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 517
Keyword beef recipe, slow cooker meal, slow cooker recipe
If you're looking for a quick dinner recipe, flavorful slow cooker Cube Steak Parmesan is the answer. Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Audrey
2 years ago

Have you ever tried this in an Instant Pot?

Nicole
2 years ago

5 stars
Just tried this for the first time tonight and man, am I impressed! So easy to make and so delicious! My husband loved it as well and requested seconds. This will definitely become a regular menu item at my house. Thank you!

Donna K Friese
2 years ago

Can I do this recipe in the ove?