Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried and Delicious – Steak!

If you are from the South, you know that a good Chicken Fried Steak is a meal sent from Heaven!  If you have seen or tried my Fried Chicken recipe, this Chicken Fried steak recipe is very similar with just a few small changes to the way you season the meat.  Another plus of Chicken Fried Steak is that it cooks so much faster than chicken.

One of my favorite places to eat Chicken Fried Steak is a little place called Babe’s is Roanoke, TX.  They specialize in Fried Chicken but their steak is absolutely mouth watering.  Not only is their meat well seasoned, but the breading is thick, crispy and just the way I like it.  I developed my own recipe to capture everything I love and more!

Just like my Fried Chicken, I use enough oil that it is almost deep fried but not quite.  Yes… deep fried, I know, so fattening right?  But this decadently delicious meal is worth the calories every now and then.  If you want to impress guests for dinner, this is a great way, especially if you are on a budget.  Cubed steak is the meat of choice and you can purchase a “family pack” of steak for under $10 from most grocery stores.

When choosing your cubed steak, look for the bigger pieces.  I like to think of at least the size of a piece of bread.  Oh, did I mention that Chicken Fried Steak goes great on a sandwich the day after cooking?  Cold even!  Yum!  Anyhow, let’s get to the recipe!

chicken_fried_steakChicken Fried Steak Ingredients:

8 large pieces of Cubed Steak
3 cups of flour
3 eggs
1 cup of milk
Worcestershire sauce
Lawry’s Season Salt
Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Onion Powder
Garlic powder

First, place your cast iron skillet on medium low heat and fill with vegetable oil (3/4 full).

Next, lay your cubed steak out and sprinkle Worcestershire sauce over each piece.  After, season your meat with Lawry’s, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and Onion Powder.  All seasonings are to taste and I always recommend to home cooks to add a little more than what you’d think and it will be perfect.  Keep in mind that Lawry’s is salty so you don’t need to add much of the sea salt but a little kicks up the flavor.  Flip your cubed steak over and repeat seasoning process.

Next, add all seasonings (besides Worcestershire sauce) into your flour.  Mix well.

Combine your eggs and milk, add salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Dredge your seasoned cubed steak in your flour.  Shake excess flour, dip into egg mixture and dredge through the flour again.  So you are double dipping your steaks in the flour.  This creates the thick, flavorful breading.  Once you’ve done this to all pieces, set aside for 20 minutes to ensure breading adheres to the surface of the meat and it will not fall off during the cooking process.

By the time you’ve breaded your steak and let the rest, the oil should be hot and ready to go in your cast iron skillet.  To test, take a wooden spoon and dip the handle in the oil.  If it bubbles around the spoon, you are ready to start cooking!

You will cook the steak for approximately 5 minutes on each side.  You want the breading to be golden brown.  Make sure your oil isn’t too hot or you will burn your breading!

Cream Gravy Instructions

I like to top my Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy!  I make it from scratch and it can be a little tricky but worth learning how to prepare.

After you have finished cooking your steak, ladle out a little grease with the drippings of the steak into a smaller pan.  It usually ends up being about 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil.  Mix in your seasoned flour until it looks like a paste, it should not be lumpy.  Turn your fire on LOW.  Next, slowly whisk in whole milk. I usually use about 2 cups of milk, maybe a little more. Keep your milk handy because as the gravy cooks, it thickens and you may have to add more.  A little oil and flour goes a LONG way and will thicken quickly once it starts but it does take a while.  Add your salt and black pepper towards the end of the cooking process.  I plan on doing a video of this soon because it’s so much easier to learn how to make Cream Gravy when watching someone do it!

Best Sides!

Homemade Mac N Cheese, creamy mashes potatoes and green beans or broccoli are in my opinion, best served with Chicken Fried Steak.  Also, don’t be afraid to bake homemade biscuits or cornbread to go along as well!

2 thoughts on “Chicken Fried Steak

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