Chicken-Fried Steak with Creamy Gravy

country fried steak
Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Chicken-fried steak is a classic Southern dish that is usually made with tenderized round steak. The steak is dipped in an egg batter and fried to golden brown perfection. Chicken-fried steak bears some resemblance to Wiener Schnitzel, a German dish which is usually made with veal or pork.

This delicious steak makes a fabulous everyday family meal. Serve the steaks and gravy with mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, and a tossed salad.

In this Southern version, a simple cream or milk gravy is made with some of the drippings left in the pan.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound round steak or sirloin tip steak
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups canola oil (for frying)
  • For the Milk Gravy:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk or light cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

How to Make It

  1. Trim fat from meat and cut into 4 serving-size pieces. Place plastic wrap over each piece and pound with a meat tenderizer until thinned to about 1/4-inch.
  2. In a large heavy skillet or sauté pan, heat about 1/4 inch of Canola oil over medium-high heat.
  3. In a bowl, whisk 1/3 cup of milk with the egg.
  4. In a wide shallow bowl combine the 1/2 cup of flour, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  1. Dip meat pieces in the egg and milk mixture. Let excess drip off into the bowl then dip the meat into the flour mixture. Place on a plate and repeat with the remaining meat.
  2. When the oil in the skillet reaches 350 F to 365 F, carefully add the meat. The oil will splatter, so use long tongs or a fork.
  3. Brown the meat pieces on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover the skillet, and let steak fry like chicken for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Remove the cover and let steak crisp for 2 minutes longer. Take the steaks from the pan and set aside to drain.
  5. Leave about 2 tablespoons of drippings and all the browned flecks of crust in the pan. Sprinkle flour into the drippings and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes, or until the flour is lightly browned.
  6. Slowly add milk and broth; cook, stirring to blend. Continue cooking, stirring, for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until bubbly and thickened.
  7. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
  8. Serve the gravy with the fried steaks and mashed potatoes along with your family's favorite vegetables.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1684
Total Fat 152 g
Saturated Fat 29 g
Unsaturated Fat 84 g
Cholesterol 386 mg
Sodium 1,052 mg
Carbohydrates 36 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 47 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)