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How to Cook Cube Steak on the Grill

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Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Cook Cube Steak on the Grill
How to Cook Cube Steak on the Grill

Cube steaks aren't a specific cut of meat. Instead, they are typically a top round, top sirloin or bottom sirloin steak that has been processed by an electric meat tenderizer. The tenderizing breaks down the muscle fibers, giving the steaks their characteristic appearance and making cube steaks more tender than the original cut. Often labeled in grocery stores as minute or Swiss steak, cube steaks are usually pan-fried or braised, though they can also be grilled for a low-fat meal that can be ready in less than 10 minutes.

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Step 1

Preheat a gas grill to 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or a charcoal grill until you can hold your hand comfortably 3 inches above the grate for no more than 5 seconds. Use a grilling brush to lightly coat the grate with canola oil.

Step 2

Sprinkle both sides of each cube steak with your choice of seasonings, such as salt, pepper, spices or dried herbs. Place the steaks on the grill and allow to cook for 3 minutes.

Step 3

Use tongs to turn each cube steak over. Grill for 3 minutes on the other side.

Step 4

Confirm with a meat thermometer that the cube steaks have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare.

Step 5

Place the cube steaks on a clean cutting board or platter and allow them to rest for at least 3 minutes.

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