Minute steaks, or cubed steaks, are thinly cut pieces of boneless beef cut from the sirloin or round steak that are tenderized by pounding or cubing (running through a machine with square indentations giving its name) and cooked quickly.
This easy minute steak recipe is the perfect date night or family meal that takes about 15 minutes to prepare. And, because it typically costs less than other cuts of beef, it's a win-win situation. Just make sure not to overcook the beef, choose at least three sauces for dipping and add a simple side salad to make this a flavorful and nutritious feast.
Pair with a playful and light red wine like a Beaujolais or a fruit-forward Pinot Noir. However, if you prefer a bit more body, serve a glass of Merlot from California or Malbec from Argentina.
- 2 (8-ounce) minute steaks (cube steaks)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Salt (to taste)
- Black pepper (to taste)
- Garnish: sauces of your choice
Season steaks with salt and pepper.
Grill one side in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until browned—about 3 minutes.
Flip steak and cook opposite side just until browned. Don’t overcook or you run the risk of toughening the meat.
Remove steaks to plates, add 2 tablespoons butter to skillet, and scrape up browned bits over heat.
Drizzle juices on steaks.
Serve with your favorite sauces, a side salad, and crusty bread.
Great Sauces for Minute Steak
You can turn a ho-hum steak into a real dining experience with a complimentary or contrasting sauce.
A basic béarnaise sauce—a simple reduction of vinegar, tarragon, shallots, and wine finished with egg yolks and butter—is a classic accompaniment for steak.
Red wine sauce, especially when made with Cabernet, beef stock, green onions, and heavy cream is the perfect pairing with beef, lamb, or venison.
A simple compound butter made with garlic and softened butter really brings out the flavor of meat that has been seasoned with only salt and pepper and has no competing marinade to contend with.
And if you like to dip your meat, a spicy chili mayonnaise made with Sriracha sauce and lemon or lime juice might be the way to go.
Minute Steaks Make Great Sandwiches
Minute steaks can be turned into a hot dinner sandwich like a Philadephia cheese steak, patty melt, panini, and more. And if you prepare extra minute steaks, you can tuck them between two slices of artisan bread for a great work sandwich the next day.