How to Grill a Cube Steak


Cube steak is also known as minute steak and Swiss steak. It is a cut of meat from the top of the sirloin, which is then pounded flat. The flattening process breaks up tough connective tissues and tenderizes the meat. It is an inexpensive cut of meat with a nice beef flavor. Cube steaks make flavorful sandwiches to serve at a barbecue or tailgating party, but grilling them requires some preparation. Due to the thinness of the cut and the absence of fat, the meat needs to marinate for up to two hours prior to grilling. It is also important to oil the grill to prevent the meat from sticking.

How to Grill a Cube Steak
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Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 onion, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 3 lbs. cube steak
  • 9x13 glass baking dish
  • Plastic wrap
Step 1

Mix all ingredients except steak in large mixing bowl. Pour into glass baking dish.

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Step 2

Add steak and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour. Turn steaks over and return to refrigerator for one hour more.

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Step 3

Turn on the grill to high setting, between 500 and 550 degrees Fahrenheit . Oil the grilling surface well.

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Step 4

Place the marinated steaks on the grill for two minutes per side. Discard leftover marinade.

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Step 5

Serve on toasted sandwich rolls with grilled onions, or with your favorite side dish.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Do not overcook the steaks, as they will become tough.
  • Italian salad dressing makes an easy marinade.
  • Cut into strips, the steaks are great on a salad.
  • The recipe serves 6 adults.


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