This article was updated on the 10th of August 2023 for clarity and freshness.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your cube steak, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for cube steak.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with cube steak are biscuits and gravy, drunken mushrooms, home fries, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. For healthier options, try serving roasted sugar snap peas, Asian sesame ginger slaw, and Southern collard greens.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Starchy sides are the perfect way to round out your cube steak meal. Options like mashed potatoes or flaky biscuits are great for soaking up the sauces and juices of your cube steak. But if you want something that’ll help fill you up, go for a hearty rice dish or mac and cheese.
Steak and mashed potatoes — can you name a more classic food combination than that?
Classic mash is typically made with boiled spuds, but Kevin’s recipe switches it up and uses roasted potatoes instead. This small change will yield fluffier and more flavorful mashed potatoes – worthy of the extra time and effort.
Drizzle melted butter on top before serving the mashed potatoes with your cube steak, and you’ve got one indulgent meal.
Pro tip: Leave the skins on your potatoes for that extra roasted flavor.
Biscuits and gravy
Biscuits and gravy is a classic Southern dish often served for breakfast. But serve them alongside country-fried cube steak and you’ve got a hearty dinner that may require a nap after.
You can use pre-made dough if you’re in a rush, but making them from scratch is easier than you think. The ingredients required are basic pantry staples, and there’s no resting time required for the dough. You can get everything done in just an hour.
Cajun dirty rice
Stick to your country-fried cube steak’s Southern roots and serve it with a generous helping of Cajun dirty rice.
This rice dish is packed with loads of savory flavors that pair well with your meaty cube steak. It’s traditionally made with gizzards, which is the reason for its signature brown color. But Creme de la Crumb’s version uses ground beef, so anyone can enjoy this.
And the best part? Everything gets cooked into one pot, so you’ll have fewer dishes to clean.
Turn your cube steak meal into a filling breakfast by adding these home fries on the side.
The secret to making them extra crispy? Adding baking soda while you parboil the spuds. Jessica Gavin goes into the science behind this in her recipe, but it’s an easy addition that’ll make your home fries restaurant worthy.
Traditional recipes only include potatoes, but this version also adds bell peppers to make them even more delicious. Place a sunny side egg over your home fries, and you’ve got an energizing breakfast meal.
Southern-style baked mac and cheese
There are lots of mac and cheese recipes nowadays, but this Southern version has to be one of the more unique ones.
Instead of a bechamel, the sauce is made with a mixture of milk, eggs, and sour cream. This is then mixed with the pasta and shredded cheese and finally baked. It’s very different, but still just as creamy and decadent as the classic recipes.
This pasta dish is tasty enough on its own, but it’s even better alongside a crunchy fried cube steak.
Vegetables and salads
Now for a fresh twist! Vegetables and salads offer a delightful crunch and a splash of color next to your cube steak. Plus, they bring a dose of nutrients you need for a complete and healthy meal.
Bring a tasty Asian twist to your country-fried cube steak with a serving of this colorful slaw.
It’s loaded with classic ingredients like cabbage and carrots and additions such as kale, quinoa, and cashews that make it more filling and healthier. But what makes this slaw special is its nutty sesame ginger dressing that adds a bit of zing to the veg.
Pro-tip: this salad is best enjoyed fresh, so only toss everything with the dressing when you’re ready to serve.
Green bean casserole
Want to make your cube steak more special? Serve it with a side of green bean casserole.
This is typically served during Thanksgiving, but nothing’s stopping you from whipping it up for a weekend dinner. The Modern Proper’s version trades in canned green beans for fresh ones and uses a homemade cream sauce to create a perfectly tender and decadent side dish.
Psst… save the last bit of your country-fried cube steak to mop up the green bean’s creamy sauce.
Roasted sugar snap peas
These roasted sugar snap peas are a lifesaver for the weeknights when you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. They’re ready in 15 minutes and don’t require hands-on cooking.
Roasting the sugar snap peas intensifies their natural sweetness, making them the perfect side dish for your beefy cube steak. And as a final touch, I sprinkle some shredded parmesan over them for an extra cheesy kick.
Liven up your cube steak with a serving of these drunken mushrooms. As the name suggests, these mushrooms are braised in beer (and beef broth), but don’t worry! You won’t get drunk from these, but you’ll enjoy how flavorful and tasty these mushrooms are.
Serving cube steak over a bed of mashed potatoes? Spoon a hefty scoop of these beer-braised mushrooms over your steak and potatoes – Yum!
Pro-Tip: Use a mellow dark beer for this dish.
Spicy collard greens
These spicy collard greens are a great way to jazz up your cube steak. They’re not for the faint of heart, though because they’re flavored with hot sauce and red pepper flakes that make them extra hot.
These greens also come with an intensely flavored broth that you can drizzle over your cube steak for a flavor boost. Or you can soak up this delicious broth with a dinner roll. Either way, these spicy collard greens are guaranteed to leave you satisfied.
Creamed spinach is a quick and easy dish you can whip up in no time to serve alongside your cube steak.
Even people who aren’t fans of spinach can enjoy this creamy and cheesy side dish.
Most recipes call for flour as a thickener, but Wholesome Yum has found a way to omit this recipe and make it gluten-free — using cream cheese. Not only does it make the dish more indulgent, but it also serves as a thickener.
Surf and turf options
Shrimp, scallops, or even a buttery lobster tail can turn your humble cube steak into a feast for kings. The sweet notes of these shellfish provide a delightful contrast to your cube steak’s beefy flavor, making each bite delicious.
Jumbo lump crab cakes
Elevate a budget-friendly cube steak meal by serving it with crab cakes.
They’re made mostly with jumbo lump crab and very little filler, ensuring each cake is packed with huge pieces of crab meat. Plus, they have an addictive zesty twist from fresh herbs like dill, tarragon, and thyme that’ll leave your taste buds buzzing.
Psst… I highly recommend you make the citrusy dipping sauce from this recipe. Its bright, lemony notes work great for your country-fried cube steak too.
Feeling fancy? Why not prepare a piping hot bowl of lobster bisque with your cube steak for a surf and turf meal?
This soup is rich and velvety, with a pronounced lobster flavor that will make any seafood lover delighted.
And with how thick and smooth this bisque is, you can even dip your cube steak in it for an extra special bite.
What To Serve With Cube Steak [39 Ideas]
- 1 portion drunken mushrooms
- 1 portion Asian slaw
- 1 portion lobster bisque
- 1 portion spicy collard greens
- 1 portion creamed spinach
- 1 portion mashed potatoes
- …and more
- Prepare your cube steak according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: drunken mushrooms, home fries, biscuits and gravy, jumbo lump crab cakes, mashed potatoes, Asian slaw, green bean casserole, lobster bisque, roasted sugar snap peas, spicy collard greens, and creamed spinach.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.