Frozen cube steak recipe in a slow cooker is here. How to make your pieces tender and full of flavor starting out rock hard from the freezer. If you loved our slow cooker cube steak but forgot to defrost first, here’s the answer.
I had to cook dinner the other night but realized all I had was frozen cube steak. Since I am all about cooking frozen meat to tender it was time to tackle this cut too. A typically cheap choice, you can choose a variety of sauces like gravy or teriyaki like we did here. (affiliate links present)
How to cook frozen cube steak
If you have already tried our slow cooker frozen roast recipe you know that it can be done well. Surprisingly there is little to no difference in the cook time whether your protein is rock hard or thawed. Kinda’ weird but true. Makes it handy when you have had a forgetful moment and that is all you have.
Typically this isn’t something I would buy at the store. We buy half a cow each year and that was the first time I worked with these slices at all. If I had to choose the best method (after making them all) I’d say that air fryer cube steak in air fryer turns out the best, but they need to be thawed first.
Slow Cooker Frozen Cube Steak
This is another name for them. If you hear or see Minute steak on a menu it means basically the same thing. You’ll likely hear this other one in Canada vs. the US. Occasionally they’re breaded and fried kinda’ like chicken fried steak but obviously if yours are frozen you’ll want low and slow with a sauce.
Under high pressure works well too in order to lock in the moisture and get them nice and tender. In that case you’d want to follow our Instant Pot cube steak timing and add 2 minutes since these are left whole. For our easy teriyaki version you’ll need;
- 4-6 beef cube steak frozen
- Some teriyaki sauce or gravy
- 1/2 onion sliced, optional
Frozen Cube Steak with Gravy
- 1 can cream of chicken + 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- A package of onion soup mix
- One cup of beef broth inside the pot to cook in
- 1 onion sliced or diced
- 1/4 c. broth + 3 tbsp cornstarch at the end to thicken the gravy
- Garlic powder + salt and pepper to taste when done
If you went the onion gravy mix route you could add halved potatoes too like our slow cooker steak recipe here.
Frozen Minute Steak Recipe
Here are a few questions you might have before you get started.
Yep, we will show you how here. It is better if you have the time to thaw them out ahead of time but if you are in a pinch you can use your Crockpot and low and slow cook them with a gravy or sauce for dinner.
From the butcher, mine are typically frozen in a big chunk. You will need to separate them to cook frozen steak properly. Leave in the freezer bag and sit in a bowl of cool water for a good 20 minutes or more. Use a butter knife once they have thawed just a bit to unstick them from one another.
Frozen Minute Steak Recipe
There is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for you. This is quick and easy made in your Crock, alternatively you could cook cube steak frozen in a pot with same ingredients over medium high heat covered with a lid. You’d need to watch carefully and rotate meat every 10 minutes or so until it’s tender to your liking.
- Separate cube steaks from one another, lay inside slow cooker and pour your sauce of choice over the top.
- Close lid and cook frozen Crockpot cube steak on low heat for 5-6 hours or until tender to your liking.
- Timing will vary depending on how many pieces you add and how large they are.
- Pieces shouldn’t overlap too much ideally
I was home at the time so I did lift the lid and rotate the pieces about halfway thru so they were nicely coated with the teriyaki I added in there.
How to save leftover cube steak
Ok so you might have some left, and throwing away good food is not okay with us. There are a few ways you can use this up the next day but you need to save it correctly first. You’ll want to save that sauce first off! Transfer cooled protein into a container with sauce and cover tightly.
Store in the fridge and use within 48 hours. You can just reheat in the microwave until warmed but I usually dice it up and throw it into our Instant Pot fried rice to add flavor and protein. If yours doesn’t have a lot of sauce I might use our leftover brisket mac and cheese and add it into that for a second meal.
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Frozen Cube Steak Recipe
- Separate cube steaks from one another, lay inside slow cooker overlapping the least amount possible and pour your sauce of choice over the top. Add onions if you'd like on top.
- Close lid and set to low heat for 5-6 hours or until tender to your liking. Timing will vary depending on how many pieces you add (shouldn't overlap too much ideally) and how large they are.