Country-Fried Steak Recipe
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Country-Fried Steak Recipe

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Country Fried Steak is a favorite of field editor Betty Claycomb and her husband, Harold, who live in Alverton, Pennsylvania. "This down-home main dish is simple to make and so delicious!" Betty assures.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup crushed saltines
  • 4 beef cubed steaks (4 pounds each)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushrooms soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 469 calories, 22 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 1134 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 34 g protein.


  1. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. In another shallow bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. Coat beef with flour mixture, then dip in milk and roll in crumbs.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook steaks in oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. Add soup and milk to skillet; bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Serve gravy with steaks. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Country-Fried Steak in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p17

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Overall, it was pretty good. However, I found the instructions a bit confusing. The list of ingredients list both milk and buttermilk, but the instructions only refer to "milk". Also, cracker crumbs are listed in ingredients, but instructions refer to "bread" crumbs. I an a novice in the kitchen and need specific instructions. I much prefer recipes that have ingredients divided when there are two parts, meat and gravy. I ended up using just milk for both parts and bread crumbs. It was pretty good, but was hoping it would be as good as Cracker Barrel."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"This has fast become a family favourite. It's quick and easy, inexpensive and absolutely delicious! I usually add a bit of spice or other seasoning to the flour and the crumbs, just for a bit of kick. We serve it with rice as it goes well with the mushroom soup gravy."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"used Ritz instead of saltines- burned easily, don't know if that was the cause...also use sawmill instead of mushroom soup"

Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"Very good. Family liked. Will make again."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"The flavor of this was awesome. I have never made country fried steak before so I ended up losing the breading in the pan, but I think that was a rookie mistake, probably had a lot to do with the saltines not being small enough. I just scraped it out before I made the gravy and put it on top of the steaks. I used the milk I'd put the steaks in as the milk for the gravy since I was mixing it up in a hot pan. I made it with the Dilly Mashed Potatoes (minus the dill) and the gravy on everything was just delicious!"

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