Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

One day I had lunch out with my husband.  Chicken fried steak was their special of the day. I thought to myself that I need to figure out how to make this at home.  My fried steak is crunchy and the gravy is over the top.  It reminds me of the milk gravy my mom made when she fried chicken. Little crunchy breading bits speckled throughout. 

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy (with Gluten Free Options*)      Printable Recipe

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4-6 (4 ounce) cube steaks (or tenderized round and cut your own pieces like I did)

30 wheat saltine crackers, crushed
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper (and optional, we prefer not so much black pepper)
few dashes cayenne pepper
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper  (and optional, we prefer not so much black pepper)
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon flour
4 cups milk

canola oil (approximately 3 cups)

Combine cracker crumbs, 1 cup flour, baking powder, and cayenne pepper.  Add up to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper if you are using it.
In separate bowl whisk together 3/4 cup milk and eggs.  
Dredge steaks in cracker crumb mixture, then egg, then cracker crumb mixture again.
Pour oil into 12" cast iron pan and heat to 360 degrees.  Fry steaks for 6 to 8 minutes.  Turn and fry for 4 to 5 minutes more or until brown.  If you are worried if your meat is done you can cut into one of them.  Remove to a cooling rack placed in a jelly roll in a 200 degree oven while you make gravy.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil.  Make sure to keep those yummy bits!
Whisk together 1 tablespoon flour with milk as well as the salt and up to 1/2 teaspoon pepper if you are using it.   Add 1/4 cup flour to pan stirring with a whisk.  Pour in milk mixture.  
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.  
Serve gravy over steaks.  

* For GF version I used Schar brand Table Crackers and Oat Flour (or you might try an GF Flour Mix)


  1. Yours look better than mine! Seriously sounds and looks delicious!

  2. Now that's what I call southern cooking. Looks good! PINed and Tweeted it. :D

  3. Growing up in Texas, chicken fried steak is probably one of the most popular meals served in local restaurants. Your dish looks great.

  4. Jenny,

    I fix chicken fried steak often. This is one of my 18 year old's favorite foods. He would eat this everyday if I would fix it for him. When we eat out, he normally always looks to see if Chicken Fried Steak is on the menu. Anyway, Yours looks really crunchy and seasoned well. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Diane Roark

  5. Looks wonderful Jenny! A true comfort food classic. :)

  6. Looks great! Thanks for linking up with us at #Foodie Fridays! You have been pinned!

  7. This is one of my favorite meals. My family loves it. Such a comfort meal.

  8. One of my favorites!

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