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Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

How to make perfect chicken fried steak. This recipe features breaded cube steaks, fried and topped with an easy homemade country gravy. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 732 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
Chicken Fried Steaks Ingredients
  • 2 pounds tenderized cube steaks
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, separated
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt, separated
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, separated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • 16 Saltine crackers, crushed
  • 2 cups canola oil
Country Gravy Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk preferably warmed
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
For the Chicken Fried Steaks
  1. Pat the excess moisture from the steaks using a paper towel. Sprinkle evenly with 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Pat to adhere and set aside.

  2. Prepare your dredging station by setting out 3 rimmed trays or pie plates. In the first tray, mix together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and a 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In the second tray, lightly whisk together eggs, milk, and hot sauce. For the third tray, combine 1 1/2 cup flour, finely crushed saltine crackers, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Add the canola oil to a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, and allow to come to temperature (350°-375°). Have ready a large rimmed baking sheet, lined with paper towels. Place a cooling rack over the paper towels.

  4. One at a time, dredge the steaks in the seasoned flour, then submerge in the egg mixture, followed by a thorough coating in the cracker mixture. 

  5. Add the steaks to the hot oil, taking care not to crowd the skillet. Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden-brown. Transfer to the cooling rack and make the gravy.

For the Country Gravy
  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until combined. Allow to bubble for 1-2 minutes, but do not allow to brown. 

  2. Add milk a generous splash at a time, whisking after each addition until all of the milk has been incorporated. Allow the sauce to bubble for 5-7 minutes, just until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

To quickly warm your milk for the gravy, place it in a microwave safe measuring pitcher and heat for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

The cooling rack will help to prevent the bottom of the steaks from becoming soggy while you finish frying the others.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 732 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 1212mg53%
Potassium 779mg22%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Calcium 229mg23%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.