Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 cups 2% milk, divided
- 4 beef cube steaks (6 ounces each)
- 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- Oil for frying
- 1 cup water
- Place 1 cup flour in a shallow bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs and 1/2 cup milk until blended. Sprinkle steaks with 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dip in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then again in flour.
- In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil over medium heat. Add steaks; cook until golden brown and a thermometer reads 160°, 4-6 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
- Remove all but 2 tablespoons oil from pan. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth; cook and stir over medium heat until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Gradually whisk in water and remaining milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with steaks.
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Nutrition Facts1 steak with 1/3 cup gravy: 563 calories, 28g fat (5g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 839mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 46g protein.
Mar 20, 2020
This is a start, but there is a great restaurant in Austin named Threadgill's that makes as good a CFS as any. Mary's is sometimes the winner at this, but at least you can get the recipe from Threadgill's by checking online. Basically, the same as this one with the important additions of several more seasonings for flavor and making the gravy white, which is the usual color in Texas. CFS is an awesome dish anytime, IMO!
Mar 20, 2020
I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because it's just like the chicken-fried steak that my grandmother use to make down on the farm, the one she taught my mom and me to make. We weren't fancy cooks back in those day but the meals were always tasty and filling. I like this as a basic recipe that can be easily modified to match someone's individual tastes. For example, I enjoy a more spicy dish so I added paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder,and garlic powder to the gravy as well as blended Italian bread crumbs with the flour.
Jan 27, 2020
My family and I really like this recipe. That being said, I had to make a few adjustments. If you make it as written it will be a little bland. Especially if you’re an advanced cooker. I give this 5 stars as a great starter, but if if you’ve got more experience with cooking it’s a 3 at best. To make this great it definitely needs seasoning. I like to add 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs to the flour along with seasoning salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder (it’s versatile so add what you want). We love this recipe. We make it with mashed potatoes or eggs and hashbrowns. If you aren’t familiar with making gravy from a roux then you can always use the peppered gravy from the seasoning envelopes.
Jan 16, 2020
You need to add garlic and spices to the flour. It makes a huge difference in taste, also some cornstarch, makes them much cripier. I use evaporated milk for the gravy.
Jan 6, 2020
Steak had a very nice crust. The only change I made was I used all milk for the gravy instead of part water for a richer gravy. Very easy tasty recipe!
Oct 11, 2019
I also add crushed saltine crackers like Cheryl's grandmother plus cayenne pepper to taste. Because I didn' t use the recipe as written, I gave it 3 stars
Mar 12, 2019
Excellent recipe reminded me of growing up on the farm. The only adjustment I made was putting the flour in a ziplock bag to coat the steak. Perhaps a bit messy for the hands, but worth the more even coat of flour.
Dec 26, 2018
This is the first meal my son asks for when he comes for a visit. I use buttermilk for the batter and add 1/4 tsp. paprika to the flour. Also, whole milk for the gravy. It's definitely not a low-cal meal, but great for an occasional treat.
Oct 23, 2018
This is a lovely recipe .... I like the large print, the color photo, and the recipe layout. Thank you!
Oct 17, 2018
I've made the recipe in the past and my entire family found it to be extremely tasteless and bland. We are not fans of extra spicy foo but this was not a "do again". I apologize to the person who submitted this recipe but it seems I am not alone in my estimation of this recipe.