Quick Italian Cube Steaks

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We served this with my Creamy Cucumber Salad, but Green Salad is also good with it. The bread is sourdough garlic.
We served this with my Creamy Cucumber Salad, but Green Salad is also good with it. The bread is sourdough garlic. | Source

How I Discovered Quick Italian Cube Steaks

I have an extensive cookbook collection, and the basis for this Quick Italian Cube Steak recipe was discovered in one of them: Reader's Digest Great Recipes for Good Health. I have discovered the basis for many of my recipes in this book, which is well worth owning. The particular recipe I have modified is Quick Steak Pizzaiola, which is made with minute steaks, not cubes steaks, which appear to be much thicker. So instead of cooking the steaks for only 30 seconds on each side, I have to cook cube steaks for about three minutes on each side. Even so, this recipe is quick.

Although the cube steak package I bought weighed 1.25 pounds, I have averaged the size of the steaks to 5 ounces each raw for the nutritional analysis. Some of the steaks were slightly larger than others.

Although the original recipe called for low-sodium crushed tomatoes, I used S&W Premium Organic Ready-Cut Diced Tomatoes, and I've always been happy with them.

The original recipe calls for dried oregano. I happen to have some growing in my yard and I decided to use fresh and dried, since I really like oregano. Feel free to use as much as you want. You can also add other Italian herbs, such as basil, fresh or dried, if desired. The more you add, the tastier and more nutritious it will be. The original recipe calls for black pepper, but I don't like it and left it out. I didn't include pepper in the ingredients.

I suggest that the first time you make this , you follow my recipe, except for adding pepper or basil to taste. Next time you might have a better idea of what you might want to do to make this recipe your own.

Cook Time for Quick Italian Cube Steaks

Prep time: 12 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves four people one steak each

Ingredients for Quick Italian Cube Steaks

This is what I used to make this recipe.
This is what I used to make this recipe. | Source

Ingredients for Quick Italian Cube Steaks

  • Four 4-6 ounce cube steaks, raw
  • 1 tablespoon olive or other vegetable oil
  • salt
  • One 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or one tablespoon fresh), crumbled or chopped, depending on form

Instructions: The Quick Version

  1. Heat oil in large skillet until it is bubbly but not smokey
  2. Cook cube steaks in hot oil for about three minutes per side. Sprinkle salt on each steak before cooking and after turning. When steaks are done, juices should run clear with no red juice left. Steaks will also have shrunk and gotten thicker. See before and after pictures in illustrated instructions.
  3. While cooking steaks, mince or press garlic and crush or cut (if fresh) oregano or other spices so they are ready to add to sauce. Open can of tomatoes.
  4. When steaks are done, move them with a slotted spatula into a heated shallow baking dish big enough to hold all four steaks. (You want any juices to remain in skillet. ) Cover steaks to keep them warm.
  5. Add tomatoes and herbs to pan juices. Boil on medium high until mixture is thick and juice doesn't run.
  6. When tomato mixture has thickened, spoon it evenly as possible over the steaks in the dish and serve before it gets cold.

Instructions: The Illustrated Version

I sprayed pan with Pam before heating oil. Oil is ready for you to put steaks in pan when it looks like this, all bubbly.
I sprayed pan with Pam before heating oil. Oil is ready for you to put steaks in pan when it looks like this, all bubbly. | Source
Put steaks in hot oil and cook until juices run clear -- about three minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt when you put steaks in pan and again when you turn them over.  Notice the  size of the raw steaks and how close they are to the edges of pan
Put steaks in hot oil and cook until juices run clear -- about three minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt when you put steaks in pan and again when you turn them over. Notice the size of the raw steaks and how close they are to the edges of pan | Source
Notice steaks are smaller here but you can still see red juices coming from steaks.
Notice steaks are smaller here but you can still see red juices coming from steaks. | Source
While steaks are cooking, mince or press garlic. Cut fresh herbs with scissors or measure and crush dry ones. Put aside in custard cup.
While steaks are cooking, mince or press garlic. Cut fresh herbs with scissors or measure and crush dry ones. Put aside in custard cup. | Source
I have removed one steak that was done first. Now you can see that the others are done, too, because the juices are clear and the steaks have shrunk a lot.
I have removed one steak that was done first. Now you can see that the others are done, too, because the juices are clear and the steaks have shrunk a lot. | Source
Now that all steaks are done, put them in heated dish to stay warm. Cover if you can. (Spots that appear red here are really browned spots from cooking.)
Now that all steaks are done, put them in heated dish to stay warm. Cover if you can. (Spots that appear red here are really browned spots from cooking.) | Source
Put canned tomatoes and herbs in skillet with pan juices that remain.
Put canned tomatoes and herbs in skillet with pan juices that remain. | Source
Cook and stir over medium high heat. Mixture should be boiling. As it cooks it will thicken and lose liquid.
Cook and stir over medium high heat. Mixture should be boiling. As it cooks it will thicken and lose liquid. | Source
Now it's finished. There isn't any more liquid spreading in the pan -- just globs of the thick sauce.
Now it's finished. There isn't any more liquid spreading in the pan -- just globs of the thick sauce. | Source
Spoon the hot sauce on cube steaks. If you like, you can move them to individual plates and spoon about 1/4 of tomato sauce on each one. Serve immediately.
Spoon the hot sauce on cube steaks. If you like, you can move them to individual plates and spoon about 1/4 of tomato sauce on each one. Serve immediately. | Source

This Recipe is Suitable for Blood Type O

If you are following the diet guidelines for Eat Right for Your Type, this recipe will work for you. The beef and olive oil are beneficial and the other ingredients are neutral.

Eat Right for Your Type

Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight
Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight

This book has revolutionized the lives of many who not only wanted to lose weight, but also achieve optimal health. A Type O friend recommended this to my husband, and both of us decided to try it. I have since met others who had excellent results with this new way of eating. We all know that not every diet works for all people. This book explains why and introduces individualized diet plans for the different blood types.

 
Eat Right 4 Your Type Home Blood Typing Kit with Eldoncard
Eat Right 4 Your Type Home Blood Typing Kit with Eldoncard

Do you know your blood type? I didn't, and my husband suggested I donate blood to learn what it was. That's how he found out his. But if you can't donate blood and want to find out your blood type, this appears to be the same kind of kit the nurse at the Bloodmobile used to find out mine. Once the kit comes you have to be brave enough to prick your finger with the supplied tool and then squeeze a drop of blood on each of the spots. It takes only about a minute or two to see the results.

 

Nutritional Analysis of Quick Italian Cube Steaks

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 4-6 oz cube steak
Calories 308
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 53 g106%
Cholesterol 129 mg43%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Broccoli is very tasty and nutritious.
Broccoli is very tasty and nutritious. | Source

What to Serve with Quick Italian Cube Steaks

Today was a hot day, so I made a Creamy Cucumber Salad to serve with this. It's really easy, and I was too lazy to make the green salad I should have made. Maybe I will when I serve the leftovers. ( Recipe makes four steaks and there are only two of us. ) Instead of a starchy vegetable or salad, I just had toasted bread. Kosta had whole wheat, but I like garlic sourdough, buttered, with anything Italian.

If it were winter, I would have made baked potatoes, which are very good with this. In summer a potato salad might do the trick. A macaroni salad might also be a good starch accompaniment. Or you could always have corn on the cob.

If you don't have a green salad, any green vegetable would be tasty. Steamed Broccoli is always good, and it's packed with nutrients. Zucchini stir fired with onions might also hit the spot, since zucchini and tomatoes are friends. It really doesn't matter, as long as it's green.

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Comments 8 comments

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Andrea-Berrios 4 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

Delicious recipe! I will try this for the kids now that they are home and they are always looking for some cool snacks!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

The finshed product looks delicious. I love cube steak. I will definitely try this..Thank you for the share..


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Andrea, it's one of those recipes that you can fix in a jiffy. I ought to go buy some more cube steaks for the freezer, since it appears to be on sale this week.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Always exploring, I have actually never tried to eat cube steak any way but this way. I never daw a need to, just as I never had a need to try any other brownie recipe than the first one I ever tried. If something is good, I stick with it.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

This looks mouth-wateringly good. I've never seen cube steaks served at a restaurant or at anyone's home before, which is surprising, given how delicious they sound and look! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Simone, I'm not sure if chicken-fried steak is made from cube steak or not, but I think it could be. I only know that prepared this way, this cut is tasty. One does have to be careful not to overcook them, though. I do hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.


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SusanDeppner 11 months ago from Arkansas USA

We would love this recipe - and we both just happen to have type O blood. Pinning and yumming your recipe so I can fix this soon!


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WannaB Writer 11 months ago from Templeton, CA Author

It is good, and I remembered I've got some of the minute steaks in the freezer I haven't used yet. I just might make this again soon myself.

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