Southern Cubed Steak and Milk Gravy

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Cube steak and gravy is a simple but delicious Southern-style dinner, involving tender steak smothered in creamy and flavorful milk gravy.

There’s nothing quite as comforting as this Southern cube steak and gravy dish. Fortunately, it’s an easy dinner to make on a busy weeknight. All you need is cube steak, milk, and flour and you will have dinner ready in about 35 minutes. The end result is tender steak swimming in creamy and flavorful milk gravy. How good does that sound? You can choose to serve your steak with a variety of side dishes too, like Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes With Mozzarella, Fresh Green Beans, Easy Homemade Dirty Rice.

Cubed Steak and Milk Gravy ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour
  • Cube steak

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How to Make Cube Steaks and Gravy

oiled pan heating up.

Pour just enough oil to coat the bottom of your cast iron skillet and heat oil over medium heat.

Flour, salt, and pepper in mixing bowl.

Put about a cup of flour in a bowl. Add some salt and pepper and stir that up.

steak being coated in flour.

Place a piece of cube steak in the flour mixture and press down a bit to ensure it is dredged in flour.

Cube steak being coated in flour mixture.

Turn it over and coat the other side…

Plate of flour-coated cube steak.

Repeat with all of the pieces.

Frying breaded cubed steaks.

Place in hot oil.

Cubed Steak and Milk Gravy Almost Done!

Fry steaks and flip to ensure they’re nice and brown on each side. Once done, remove steak and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

browning flour in skillet.
Oooh, see all that dark stuff in your pan? Those browned bits are going to make the BEST gravy!

Add about 1/4 cup of flour to this and seasoned salt and black pepper to taste.

Stir that up and continue cooking it on medium heat until the flour gets browned a bit, stirring the whole time.

I usually do this for about two minutes or so. If you’ve never made milk gravy the thought of browning flour may sound weird but trust me, it will happen and that is what gives this such a wonderful flavor.
Making milk gravy

Next, turn your heat down to the lowest setting and pour the milk into the skillet. I start out with about a cup and a half and then add more if I want it thinner.

Use a wire whisk to stir this because it really helps break up the lumps of flour and get it all good and mixed up.

Cook on the lowest heat until it thickens, stirring constantly. If it gets too thick, you can add more milk. This will just take a few minutes, so stir the entire time and be ready to remove it from the heat when it gets thick.

YUM Cubed Steak and Milk Gravy

Put your steak back into the milk gravy, turn them over to coat both sides and you’re done!

DELICIOUS Cubed Steak and Milk Gravy
I love serving cube steak and gravy with mashed potatoes.
southern steak and milk gravy

Southern Cube Steak and Milk Gravy

Southern cube steak and milk gravy - tender steak smothered in creamy and flavorful milk gravy. This dish is proof that simple food is often times the best!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gravy
Servings: 4
Calories: 502kcal


  • 4 pieces cubed steak
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus about 1/4 cup more to thicken gravy
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups milk approximately


  • Place enough oil in a pan to just coat the bottom and put that over medium heat while you prepare your steak.
  • In a bowl, place 1 cup flour and add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/ 4 teaspoon pepper (more if you prefer). Stir that up. Dip each piece of steak into flour on both sides to get it coated well.
    4 pieces cubed steak, 1 cup all-purpose flour, salt, pepper
  • Place each piece of steak in the heated pan and cook until good and brown on both sides. Remove steak to a plate while you make your gravy.
  • Place about 1/4 cup flour into skillet with meat drippings. Add a little more salt and pepper and stir this over medium heat until the flour is slightly browned (just a few minutes).
    1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Slowly pour in 1 1/2 cups of milk, stirring constantly. Continue stirring with a wire whisk (to help with the lumps) over the lowest heat setting until thickened and there are no lumps. This will happen rather quickly. Add a little more milk if you prefer thinner gravy. Return steak to the pan and turn to coat with gravy on both sides.
  • Serve steak and gravy together in a bowl or serve gravy on the side to go with mashed potatoes.



Calories: 502kcal
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Store the steaks and gravy in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Recipe Notes

  • You always want to have your oil good and hot before you add anything to it, as this keeps your food from getting greasy by actually searing it on contact.
  • If you’re unsure what cube steak is, it’s either sirloin or a top-round cut of beef that’s been tenderized and pounded with either a meat mallet or machine. This process is called cubing and leaves indentations in the meat, which is where it gets its name. So if you like, you can buy your beef and tenderize it at home. Just make sure it’s about a 1/4-inch thick.
  • To make this steak and gravy dish gluten-free, simply swap the flour for a gluten-free version. It’s that easy. All of the side dishes mentioned below are gluten-free too.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with cube steak and gravy?

I like to serve Southern cube steak with milk gravy, mashed potatoes or rice. But another option is to serve it with roasted vegetables, a side of potatoes and peas, or alongside a side salad and bread, to soak up every drop of the flavorful gravy. Yum!

Here are some more easy steak recipes:

Oven Steak Kabobs – A special meal on a budget

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Fork Tender Swiss Steak

The Perfect Steak


This recipe featured in Meal Plan Monday

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  1. It would be nice to have an actual recipe card for this recipe, one that shows the amounts of each ingredient. It is just my husband and I, so I will typically cut recipes in half. I have no idea how much cube steak this recipe is for, so the 1 c of flour seems like it might be quite a bit. How much milk will be dependent on the amount of steaks, right? Maybe there is a ‘print’ option somewhere and I just missed it?

      1. 5 stars
        Such a simple recipe but brings back so many memories from my childhood. My grandma used to make this for us with deer steak. Served with the gravy over white rice. It was my favorite meal, it’s probably been 30 years since I’ve eaten it! Until now, I had no idea how to make the gravy. Gonna definitely make this! Thank you so much for the share!

  2. 5 stars
    One of my favorite meals. The only thing I do differently, because it’s how my grandmother did it, is to place a lid on the skillet after adding the steaks back to the gravy and slide it into a 400 degree oven to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes while I stir up a batch of biscuits and bake them alongside. While the steaks & gravy and biscuits are finishing up in the oven, I mash some potatoes, and fix a veggie of some kind.

  3. I’ve made a similar recipe for years and can vouch that it is excellent. The difference for me, though, is (and this is not an advertisement) Kentucky Kernel seasoned flour. I know I can season my own (and I do!) but it’s quick, easy and blended better than I can do.

  4. This is the best (and easiest) cube steak with gravy that I’ve over made! Thank you
    I made this and my hubby & I love it. I served it with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. Yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    I love milk gravy. I usually make it as part of my biscuits and gravy (or sometimes I’ve used needles, and that works out very well. Think I’ll try this 🙂

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