Do you have a pack of beef cubes and wonder if there are any easy beef chunks recipes out there? If so, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up the best 12 beef chuck cubes recipes we could find.
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Beef cubes are made from the chuck portion of the cow, so they’re super flavorful. However, sometimes beef cubes are made from other cuts of meat (see below). Traditionally, beef cubes have been used to make beef stew, but there’s so much you can do with these tender little nuggets.
What are beef cubes? Beef cubes are also known by several other terms, including steak bites, steak cubes, stew beef, beef tips, cubed steak (or cube steak), or beef chunks. This cut of beef is usually made from top sirloin steak, flank steak, or top round steak. Beef cubes are made by flattening and tenderizing the steak with a meat tenderizer.
Maybe you associate cube steak with the ubiquitous chicken fried steak, but there are so many other things you can do with cube steak.
Are you ready for some of the best cube steak dinner ideas? Read on for some great ideas for what to make with beef cubes and some excellent beef cube recipes.
How to Make Beef Cubes Super Tender
If you’re curious about how to cook beef cubes tender, we have a few tips for you for how to cook beef cubes that will melt in your mouth.
To make sure your cube steak recipes are full of juicy tenderness, there are a couple of things you can do. First, you can tenderize the beef cubes physically with a meat mallet.
Another great way to make sure you have nice and tender beef cubes is to let them marinate.
Finally, anytime you can use a slow cooker (crock pot) to cook a beef chunk recipe on low heat with a long cook time, you will usually have some very tender beef cubes. Instant Pot cubed steak with sauce or gravy is another great way to make sure you have a tender cube steak recipe.
1. Beef Cubes and Mushroom Gravy
We’ll start our list of cube steak recipes with one of the most beloved recipes for cooking beef cubes: beef tips and gravy with rice.
There are tons of ways to make beef tips and rice with gravy, but we love a recipe that uses cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, or dry gravy mix to make the succulent gravy (or onion gravy) for this dish.
This beef tips recipe that we found online is also a favorite, and it doesn’t require any soup or gravy mixes to make. All you need is a nice flour mixture, black pepper, smoked paprika, chopped onion, garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, beef broth (or beef stock), tomato paste, and dry red wine.
You can make this cube steak dish with its delicious sauce in a skillet, slow cooker, or Instant Pot.
Serve your beef tips and gravy over basmati rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice. You can also serve this savory dish with a baked potato, mashed potatoes, or even pasta (we like egg noodles with this recipe).
2. Mongolian Beef
Tender Mongolian beef is one of the most beloved meat recipes, and we love serving this delicious meat dish over rice.
This particular cube steak recipe is full of ginger and garlic, so you know it’s so delicious.
You can make this Mongolian steak with any type of beef cubes, including flank steak cubes.
Other ingredients are fresh ginger, minced garlic, canola oil, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, and green onions (scallions).
3. Mexican Carne Guisada
Another great cube steak recipe you can make is a savory Mexican stew called carne guisada.
To create this flavorful stew, you need beef chunks or cube steak chunks that are simmered in a delicious brown gravy until they’re so tender they fall apart.
Other ingredients that make this stew so wonderful are green bell pepper, onion, lard (or bacon grease), tomato sauce, garlic powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and chicken stock (chicken broth or beef broth also work).
Serve this tasty and comforting stew with rice, mashed potatoes, or flour tortillas.
4. Beef Wellington Bites
We adore a tender and flavorful beef wellington, so we think these beef wellington cube steak bites are absolutely perfect (and lots of fun!).
To create these tiny meat masterpieces, you need cubed beef tenderloin so that the meat is full of tenderness and flavor.
This meat recipe comes with instructions for making two types of sauce: creamy Dijon mustard sauce and a horseradish sauce.
5. Cajun Butter Steak Bites
These Louisiana-flavored Cajun butter steak bites don’t even need a marinade, so they’re ready to cook in just 10 minutes.
You need a Cajun seasoning to make these steak bites, and you can use your favorite pre-mixed version from the grocery store or make your own.
To create your own Cajun seasoning recipe, you need paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, thyme, oregano, brown sugar (or a substitute), cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
Serve your Cajun steak bites with mashed potatoes or red beans and rice.
6. Garlic Butter Steak Bites
No list of beef cube recipes would be complete without a recipe for garlic steak bites or garlic butter steak.
This garlic butter steak recipe is one of the most popular recipes to make with beef cubes.
The ingredients list is deceptively simple. All you need to make these tender little chunks of meat is olive oil, butter, garlic, salt, black pepper, and minced parsley for garnish and color.
You can serve these steak bites as an appetizer (provide toothpicks) or as a main dish meat.
If you serve these meat bites for dinner, serve them with mashed potatoes, rice, or baked potatoes, plus a green veggie.
7. Beef Cubes and Potatoes
Does it get any better than simple meat and potatoes? We think a recipe like this will please nearly anyone!
You need a large skillet to prepare this meat and potatoes recipe. We like to use a heavy cast-iron skillet for this type of recipe.
The best thing about this recipe is that the list of ingredients is incredibly short. Besides the meat (cubed sirloin steak), all you need are Yukon gold potatoes, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil, butter, garlic cloves, steak seasoning, fresh rosemary, and fresh parsley.
Of course, you can also use dried herbs for this recipe.
8. Air Fryer Beef Steak Bites
Who’s ready for some crispy fried steak bites?
When you air fry your steak bites, you have steak that is positively heavenly in both texture and flavor. In fact, some people believe that the best way to cook a steak is in the air fryer because it’s easy and gives the meat so much flavor.
For this recipe, you need cubed steak (sirloin steak or New York strip are both great), olive oil, sea salt (or kosher salt), black pepper, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic.
To make the herb butter for this steak recipe, you need melted butter, dried or fresh thyme, rosemary, and parsley. You can also use gravy.
9. Crockpot Teriyaki Steak Bites
How does a three-ingredient teriyaki sauce steak dinner made in the slow cooker sound to you? Well, we’ve got you covered!
To make this slow cooker steak recipe with gravy, you just need flank steak cubes, onions, and teriyaki sauce.
Cook these ingredients in your slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low (or 3-4 hours if you want to cook your steak on high).
10. Masala Curry Beef Cubes
We love a wonderful curry sauce gravy, and this skillet recipe delivers everything you crave.
To create this chuck steak recipe, you need crushed garlic, grated ginger, tomato paste, onion, beef stock, crushed tomatoes, coconut oil, green chiles, sea salt, black pepper, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander, and two types of paprika: smoked paprika and hot paprika.
For garnish, we love the idea of sliced cherry tomatoes, sauteed mushroom, a dollop of Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and fresh cilantro leaves.
11. Honey Garlic Beef Bites
Anytime we can have steak bites, we’re all about it. And when you add in the contrasting flavors of garlic and honey? Sublime!
This recipe calls for just five ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare and cook.
The meat is put into a simple marinade that’s made with honey, soy sauce, and garlic. You need to let the meat marinate in the fridge for between one and two hours.
The other ingredients you need to make these yummy steak bites are garlic cloves, green onions, olive oil, and sesame seeds.
Serve your skillet steak bites with rice with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, or a baked potato.
12. Best Ever Beef Stews
One of the most popular recipe ideas for a tender beef cubes recipe is a traditional beef stew.
To make beef stew, we like to keep it simple sometimes. After all, a beef stew should be comfort food, and sometimes we want a good old down-to-earth hearty soup.
This beef stew recipe calls for olive oil, your favorite cut of cubed meat or cube steak, onion (or green onion), carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, all-purpose flour, beef stock (or beef broth), tomato paste, dry red wine, fresh thyme (or dried thyme), bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, chopped potato chunks, and fresh parsley leaves.
Do you want a bonus beef cubes recipe and another great idea for how to cook cube steak? Check out this step-by-step video that shows you how to make delicious beef tips and gravy. Be sure to serve yours over rice!
12 Tender Beef Cube Recipes (+Garlic Butter Steak Bites)
- 1 1/4 pounds beef cubes
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. parsley
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Season the beef cubes with salt and pepper.
- Cook the meat in the olive oil for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
- Add the garlic and butter to the pan and cook about 2 more minutes.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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