Smothered Cube Steaks Recipe, a favorite comfort food!

Smothered Cube Steaks with gravy and onions is one of my favorite comfort foods. My Grandmama Hall and my Mama both made it. Serve with homemade mashed potatoes for a “made in heaven” dinner!

Smothered Cube Steaks

Smothered Cube Steaks is comfort food to me!

Nothing says “comfort food” to me like Smothered Cube Steaks. My Grandmama Hall used to make this a lot, served it with mashed potatoes and English Peas. She served EVERYTHING with English peas! I loved the tender pieces of meat covered with the creamy gravy and sautéed onions. It reminds me of times in my childhood when I would be at Grandmama’s house. Mama also would make the Smothered Cube Steaks, so it is, and has been, a favorite of mine since I was little.

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Smothered Cube Steak, the perfect comfort food served with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and rolls.

I made Smothered Cube Steaks for our dinner one night. Mashed Potatoes were a must, of course, but I chose to serve green beans instead of the English peas. As you can see in the picture, I made a Seven-Cup Salad. This is also one of my favorite easy fruit salads. It can also be a light dessert instead of a salad. Randa had come over earlier, and we made the Snowy Candy Surprise Brownies. These brownies are WONDERFUL!!!

The Smothered Steak Recipe . . .

While I love Grandmama Hall’s Smothered Cube Steak recipe, I changed it a bit when I made mine.

  • Grandmama Hall would sometimes use tenderized round steak when making her smothered steak. I chose to use tenderized cube steaks, because that’s what I found at our local grocery store. You can use either. Both will work well and taste delicious.
  • Grandmama’s recipe says to put the raw onions on top of the meat before putting in the oven. I sautéed mine in the oil that was left in the skillet when I took the meat out to put in the baking dish. That way, because I wasn’t going to bake mine as long, I could be certain the onions were cooked.
  • The original recipe calls for baking in the oven 2+ hours. I did not do this. Tenderized steak doesn’t take as long to cook. I think I probably baked mine around 45 minutes.

I changed the recipe to be what I made. But Grandmama’s original recipe is in the “To Grandmama’s House We Go” Family Heritage Cookbook, Book 1. 

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Smothered (Cube) Steak Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Mashed potatoes are a must when serving this delicious entrée.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Maribeth
Steak Ingredients:
  • 4 (6-ounce) tenderized cube steaks (You can cut in half, if large enough, to feed more people)
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-2 onions, sliced
Gravy Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup water
  1. Instructions for Steak:

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Coat with flour.
  4. Brown steaks in hot oil on both sides.
  5. Remove steaks from skillet and place in a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray
  6. Place sliced onions on top of steaks. (I sautéed my onions in the oil in the skillet once I removed the steaks to the baking dish, then made the gravy.)
  7. Make gravy (below).
  8. Pour over all and cook either on top of the stove on medium-low heat or in the oven at 325 degrees for about 2-2 ½ hours or until fork-tender.  (I always cook mine on top of the stove.)
  9. Check during cooking time periodically to see if you need to add more water.

Instructions for Gravy:
  1. Mix flour and water together and pour into hot pan drippings, stirring well.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer a few minutes until desired consistency for the gravy.


  1. Is it 2-2.5 hours or 45 minutes of cook time? That’s a significant difference. When I plan out my weekly menus, cook time is the most important part.

    • I apologize if this was confusing, Hank. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. My Grandmama used round steak that was not run through a tenderizer. She would score it with a knife. I buy tenderized cube steak which makes the steak thinner, so it doesn’t take as long to cook. So, to answer your question, it depends on the thickness of the steak. But if you get the tenderized cube steak, it should only take about 45 minutes.

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