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Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak – tenderized cubed steak coated in buttermilk and flavorful flour mixture, then pan-fried until with beautiful crispy brown crust and topped with creamy milk gravy for an ultimate family meal experience.
Course Main
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 steaks
Calories 554kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 pounds cube steak (round steak that has been tenderized)
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper , optional (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • milk

For the Gravy

  • Drippings from the steaks
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cube Steaks

  • If making your own cube steaks,  pat dry steak of choice with paper towels. Then place one steak at a time on a chopping board covered with a plastic bag.
  • Pound with meat pounder or small skillet until it reaches an even 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Season with Cajun seasoning and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, paprika, onion and garlic powder cayenne pepper, black pepper, thyme and parsley.
  • Drenched the cube steak in the flour mixture followed by milk . Then again in the flour mixture. Coat steak well; pressing seasoned flour all over to help it adhere to the meat, shake off any excess flour.


  • Pour enough oil in a skillet to cover the bottom by ⅕ -¼ -inch. Heat the oil to 350°F; oil is ready when it sizzles. Oil should be smoke free. Adjust heat temperatures to accommodate temperature.
  • Gently place the floured steak into the oil. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side or until you see the edges of the steak turn golden brown. Remove with large spatula; hold for a few seconds to let oil drain. Remove from pan; drain on paper towels. Keep warm.


  • Pour oil out of the pan, clean pan if desired , add about 3 tablespoons oil back to the skillet .
    whisk in flour. Continue whisking until flour is fully mixed with oil, then cook for about a minute to get rid of the flour taste.
  • Slowly add milk a little at the time; you do not want the mixture to form any lumps. Bring to a simmer then turn down to medium heat so it simmers gently and thickens into a cream sauce – about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Pour warm gravy over country-fried steaks. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired.


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 846mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5.4mg