This chicken fried steak recipe is a classic Southern dish that is made with tenderized beef cube steak coated in a seasoned flour mixture, and fried until golden brown. A delicious comfort food recipe that is typically served with a country gravy.
If you love beef and you’re a fan of fried food, then you’ve come to the right place. Because today, it’s all about chicken fried steak! You can find all kinds of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes here in Texas, but the state also has some amazing Southern eats, as well. And of course, Texas is beef country, so it only makes sense that so many of those delicious foods are centered around beef, just like this fried steak recipe. It’s one of my favorites because it’s so full of flavor, and that crispy fried coating is the perfect complement to the juicy, tender steak. Of course, you have to have it with country gravy, too!
Chicken Fried Steak
This delicious recipe starts with cube steak that I coat in flour, buttermilk, and then seasoned flour – the classic Southern combo. Then, I fry it until it’s golden brown and crispy. Finally, I serve it up with some country gravy and mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, or French fries. It does not get any better!
Why You’ll Love This Chicken Fried Steak Recipe
- The crispy, golden brown coating is irresistible and creates a thick, crispy crust that is perfect for soaking up the gravy.
- Chicken fried steak is typically made with cube steak that has been tenderized, and is a budget-friendly cut of beef that is very affordable.
- Each fried steak is coated in flour, an egg buttermilk mixture, and then into a seasoned flour mixture. Then it is fried to crispy, crunchy perfection.
- It’s a classic comfort food that is usually always served with country gravy, and a delicious recipe everyone enjoys.
Chicken Fried Steak Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe. From the spices to the cube steak, you can find everything you need quickly and easily at your local grocery store.
- Cubed steaks
- All purpose flour
- Large eggs
- Garlic salt
- Dried parsley
- Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Vegetable oil
Actual measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
How to Make Chicken Fried Steak
Making this Southern classic is as easy as the short trip it takes to get everything you need. The entire process only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and it only takes a few simple steps!
Step 1: Preheat the Oil
Pour oil into a large cast-iron skillet until it’s about ¼-inch deep. Then, heat it over medium-high heat. The oil is perfect when water flicked onto the oil crackles and the oil is glistening.
Step 2: Make the Dredge Station
Place half the flour in a shallow dish. Then, whisk the buttermilk and egg together in a second shallow dish. Finally, add the other half of the flour and seasonings to a third shallow dish.
Step 3: Coat the Steak
Dredge a steak in the flour. Then, dip it in the egg mixture and then finally into the seasoned flour mixture.
Step 4: Fry the Steak
Fry two steaks at a time in the oil for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Then, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels. Place the plate in a 175-degree oven to keep them warm. Repeat until all the steaks are fried. Enjoy!
- The oil is the perfect temperature when it’s glistening and it crackles when you flick a drop of water onto it.
- Gently tap the steaks between each dredge for the best coating.
- Dry off the steaks before dredging them so your coating isn’t soggy.
- For a mild version, omit the red pepper flakes.
- This coating is perfect for chicken or pork chops, as well.
- You can deep fry these steaks if you have a deep fryer.
What to Serve with Chicken Fried Steak
This chicken fried steak is classically served with country gravy, and that’s the best way, in my opinion. Pair it with mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato wedges, or French fries and your favorite vegetables.
Chicken fried steak is a Southern dish made with cube steak that’s breaded and fried.
Chicken fried steak gets its name because it’s breaded and fried in the same way that chicken is breaded and fried.
The only difference between chicken fried steak and country fried steak is the name. They’re both the same thing.
Your oil must be very hot. The egg mixture is the glue that holds the breading together, and if the oil isn’t hot enough, it won’t cook instantly. When the egg cooks quickly, it holds the breading onto the steaks while they fry.
Chicken fried steak is made with cube steak.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Chicken Fried Steak
Refrigerate this steak for up to 4 days in an airtight container. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
To reheat chicken fried steak, cook it in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 350.
Try This Delicious Chicken Fried Steak Recipe Today
This chicken fried steak recipe is so easy to make and so full of classic Southern flavor. Try it just once and you’ll be hooked. With just a few ingredients and a super-fast cooking time, this is one recipe that you absolutely have to make. Give it a try, and I know you’ll fall in love.
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Chicken Fried Steak Recipe
- Pour oil into a large cast iron pan about ¼” high and heat over medium heat. Make sure that the oil is heated just right. When you flick a little water into the oil and it crackles and you see it glistening, then it’s just right.
- Dry off each steak with paper towels to absorb the extra liquid.
- While the oil is heating up, prepare 3 different shallow bowls that are big enough for the steaks. Divide the flour in half, and in the first bowl put half of the flour, the second bowl has eggs and buttermilk whisked together, and the third bowl has the other half of the flour mixed with all the seasonings, parsley, and red pepper flakes.
- Once the oil is hot, place one steak into the flour mixture, then to the egg mixture, and finally into the seasoned flour mixture, then into the hot oil.
- Place two steaks at a time into the pan and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Once the first two steaks are cooked, place on a plate lined with paper towels and place into a preheated oven at 175° to keep warm while the rest of the steaks are being cooked.
- Repeat the coating process for the other remaining steaks. Make sure to coat the steaks right before they are going into the hot oil.
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