Poor Man’s Steak

Poor Man’s Steak: Affordable Comfort on a Plate

 When it comes to comfort food, simplicity often reigns supreme. One such classic dish is “Poor Man’s Steak,” a budget-friendly and satisfying meal that’s rich in flavor and nostalgia. This recipe elevates an otherwise humble cut of meat into a hearty, flavorful dish that will have you savoring every bite. Join us as we explore the world of budget-friendly dining with this recipe for Poor Man’s Steak.


For the Steak:

  • 4 cube steaks (minute steaks)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)

For the Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


Prepare the Steaks:

  1. Start by seasoning the cube steaks with salt and black pepper.
  2. Dredge each steak in the all-purpose flour, ensuring they’re well coated. Shake off any excess flour.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add the cube steaks and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until they’re nicely browned. Remove the steaks from the skillet and set them aside.

Create the Gravy: 5. In the same skillet, add the butter and let it melt over medium heat.

  1. Stir in 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to create a roux. Cook the roux, stirring constantly, until it’s a light, golden brown.
  2. Slowly add the beef broth and milk, continuously whisking to prevent lumps. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  3. Season the gravy with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and dried thyme (if using).

Combine and Simmer: 9. Return the browned cube steaks to the skillet with the gravy. Add the thinly sliced onions.

  1. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the steaks are tender and the flavors have melded together.
  2. Stir occasionally, ensuring the cube steaks are well coated with the savory gravy.

Serve and Enjoy: 12. Your Poor Man’s Steak is now ready to be served. Spoon the rich, flavorful gravy over each steak, and garnish with additional black pepper or fresh thyme if desired.

Cook’s Notes:

  • Cube steaks are a cost-effective cut of beef, and this recipe transforms them into a mouthwatering meal. If you prefer, you can use other inexpensive cuts, such as round steak, for a similar result.
  • For a crispy texture, you can double-dredge the cube steaks in the flour, allowing them to sit for a few minutes between coatings.
  • This dish pairs wonderfully with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or even a side of buttery biscuits.
  • Customize the gravy by adding mushrooms, bell peppers, or Worcestershire sauce for extra depth of flavor.
  • Leftovers, if you have any, make a delicious sandwich filling the next day.

Poor Man’s Steak is a testament to the magic that can happen in the kitchen with a few simple, budget-friendly ingredients. This meal is the embodiment of comfort and nostalgia, offering a taste of home that’s both delicious and affordable. Enjoy your hearty, satisfying dish!

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