The economical cube steak is elevated to new heights in this recipe. The salad, with chopped arugula, basil, tomatoes, onion and sharp Italian cheese, is the picture of summer simplicity; all it needs is olive oil and lemon to dress it.

Jessie Price
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tomatoes, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

  • Whisk egg and egg white in a shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs, grated cheese and parsley (if using) in another shallow dish. Season steak with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Dip each piece into the egg, allowing excess to drip off into the dish, then dip in the breadcrumb mixture and turn to coat.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the steaks and cook until golden brown on the first side, about 3 minutes. Turn the steaks over, add 1 teaspoon oil and cook until the steaks are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.

  • Add 1/4 cup shaved cheese to the tomato mixture. Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the remaining 3 teaspoons oil, arugula, basil and lemon juice; toss to combine. Serve the steaks on beds of the arugula-tomato salad. Garnish with lemon wedges.


Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to shave hard Italian cheese, such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; protein 34.6g; carbohydrates 14.2g; dietary fiber 2.1g; sugars 3.8g; fat 17.1g; saturated fat 4.6g; cholesterol 130mg; vitamin a iu 1531.5IU; vitamin c 15.9mg; folate 62.8mcg; calcium 142.4mg; iron 4.6mg; magnesium 32.8mg; potassium 342.4mg; sodium 595.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I just did the steak not everything else. I used toasted double fiber bread by Nature's Own for the bread crumbs. It was delicious! I will use this breading for other dishes as well. We had fresh asparagus with it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I also used romaine lettuce and it was fabulous. My children loved the meal. I will be keeping this recipe for future use. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Not your mother's cube steak I recommend soaking red onions in ice water for 10 minutes a tip I learned in another Eating Well tomato and onion salad recipe. That way it takes the edge off the overpowering bite of the raw red onions. Also next time I will use only 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. Pros: Tasty Cons: Like others said leftover bread crumbs. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Decent dish The cube steaks were excellent. I used grated parmesan and fresh romano. The salad had far too much basil and onion though recommend cutting down on the amounts it calls for. fresh basil has a fairly overpowering taste. Pros: Cube steak was delicious Cons: Recipe calls for far too much basil and onion Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Too much cheese and bread crumbs. It wasn't a terrible dish. I measured out everything correctly (Including the 1lbs of beef) There was way too much egg muck left over as well as too much cheese put into it. I ended up ditching most of it since I couldn't bring myself to douse the meat in any more bread crumbs. Would recommend only using 1 egg white and half of breadcrumbs/cheese. That's just a waste of money throwing out all of the extra mix. Also as someone else said: Way too much basil and oil. Pros: Pretty easy to make and it looked nice aesthetically Cons: WAY too much of the egg mixture and breadcrumbs Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Family Favorite! My kids absolutely LOVE this dish! It's got a great flavor and light meal. I have made this dish several times even serving the salad with other meals. Thinking of trying to bake the steak rather than pan frying it. Pros: Easy toss-together salad Light meal Cons: Messy to make the meat Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have never eaten cube steak as delicious as this! Much less a low calorie dish! I strongly recommend this recipe. I couldn't find arugula so served the steak on top of some spring mix salad...YUM! The kids loved it too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We really enjoyed this. I was unable to find arugula in the store so used romaine lettuce as a replacement and it worked out well. Read More