Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

If you're looking for a recipe that's sure to be "the way to a man's heart" this is it. Chicken Fried Steak is pure comfort food and a real southern classic. Authentic Chicken Fried Steak has to be tender, seasoned well, and crispy. If you grew up in the South, maybe you already have a recipe that was handed down to you by the amazing cooks from prior generations. If not, try this Chicken Fried Steak, and you may become the amazing cook in your family with a recipe to hand down.

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Chicken Fried Steak

Sirloin tip steak, thinly cut (about 3/4 - 1 pound)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk, divided
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Oil for deep frying

Place the steak in a zip-top plastic bag. Use a meat pounder to beat the steak out very thin, about 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Season as desired with salt.
Place cornstarch in a shallow dish. In a separate shallow dish, whisk together egg and 2/3 cup buttermilk. In a third shallow dish, whisk together flour, kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, baking powder, and cayenne pepper. Drizzle the remaining 1/3 cup buttermilk over the flour mixture, then combine with fingertips.
Dip each steak in cornstarch, shake off excess, then dip in egg mixture. Drain off excess egg mixture, then place steak in flour mixture. Press flour mixture on both sides to coat well, then shake off any excess. Place steak on wire rack (with wax paper underneath). When all steaks are coated, let steaks rest for 10 minutes before frying.
Heat oil in large Dutch oven or electric fryer set at 375 degrees. Place steak in hot oil and fry, turning as needed until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

To make the gravy:
1/4 cup oil from frying steaks
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups 2% milk

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add flour, pepper, and salt; stir until mixture begins to brown. Slowly stir in milk, bring to a boil. Cook and stir until mixture thickens. Top steaks with gravy and serve immediately.


This recipe was shared at:
Weekend Potluck


  1. We love chicken fried steak! Delicious...am pinning for later...

  2. We love chicken fried steak! Delicious...am pinning for later...

  3. Oh this looks fabulous. I love chicken fried steak. I'm pinning this.

  4. Being a transplant to the northeast, I never get to have chicken fried steak anymore. I miss it so much! Your recipe looks great. I hope I learn to make it soon.

  5. Hi Anita,
    There is nothing like a "good ole" Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy, your recipe looks wonderful! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I haven't made chicken fried steak in so long, Anita. Your recipe sounds so good and I'd love to try it.

  7. I love chicken fried steak and yours looks wonderful!

    1. Thanks, Erin! My son introduced this tasty recipe to me, and I think it's the generous seasonings that make it great!