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Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy

As a child, my grandmother taught me how to make this chicken fried steak. I taught my daughters, and when my granddaughters are bigger, I’ll show them, too. —Donna Cater, Fort Ann, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 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 Facts
    1 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.


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    • Rhonda Noh
      Sep 24, 2020

      This has been my basic recipe for a lifetime except after dipping in eggs (I don't add water or milk), I put the steak in crushed saltine cracker crumbs, then fry.

    • MamaMeese
      Aug 11, 2020

      This is one of the worst recipes I have made in years. It was bland and unappetizing. We threw it all in the trash.

    • Hellen
      Jun 8, 2020

      Absolutely delicious. Easy to prepare and a meal the whole family loved.

    • RovingWino
      Jun 7, 2020

      I agree with most that it is a good basic start. It's really bland as written and I would add garlic and onion powder. I like spice so I would take it a step further and add a little paprika and cayenne. The gravy is a lot better using milk with no water. You'll probably want to make more than called for if you make mashed potatoes with it.

    • cdun
      May 17, 2020

      Jersey...Richard said it was a start so he either made it with additions or knew of which he spoke because he was familiar with the best chicken fried steak to ever hit a plate!!

    • Jersey
      Apr 16, 2020

      Richard-are you aware all reviews are added together for an overall rating? Do you feel it's ok to rate a recipe 3 stars and then brag about a restaurants recipe? Did you even make this? Mine came out great.

    • Donna
      Mar 21, 2020

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    • Richard
      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!

    • Jerry
      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.

    • Kristie
      Mar 20, 2020

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