Southern Living Magazine's Chicken-Fried Steak

Southern Living Magazine's Chicken-Fried Steak


"A Southern tradition you can make in 40 minutes."


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  1. SPRINKLE salt and pepper evenly over steaks. Set aside.
  2. COMBINE cracker crumbs, 1 cup flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper.
  3. WHISK together 3/4 cup milk and eggs. Dredge steaks in cracker crumb mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge in cracker mixture again.
  4. POUR oil into a 12-inch skillet; heat to 360 degrees. (Do not use a nonstick skillet.) Fry steaks 10 minutes. Turn and fry 4 to 5 more minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack on a jellyroll pan. Keep steaks warm in a 225 degree oven. Carefully drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.
  5. WHISK together remaining 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 4 cups milk. Pour mixture into reserved drippings in skillet; cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened. Serve gravy with steaks and mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
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  1. 396 Ratings


This recipe is absolutely AWESOME!!! I have tried several recipes from this site, however, have NEVER taken the time to review them, although I enjoyed most of them. I had to take time to say, ...

This recipe came out pretty bad, but not inedible. First they call for way too much of everything, the egg/milk mixture mostly went down my disposal, along with the huge amount of cracker mix. ...


Exactly like the chicken fried steak I ate growing up in south Ga. I would not modify this recipe one bit. A few hints: be patient with the gravy because it will take a bit of time and constant...

Awesome recipe! You definitely don't need all the oil as stated. One and a half cups is fine. Maybe the gravy is supposed to be a little bland, but to suit our tastes I seasoned it up with garli...

Wow! I just finished the last bite of this and it was wonderful. I took other reviewers advice and added extra salt and pepper to the beef, but it didn't really need it. I also used only 1/2 cup...

This was a great recipe, it tasted like what I've had in restaurants. However, like the others I used less oil, and for the gravy; I mixed half milk and half beef broth..nice flavor

Outstanding. Follow exactly but try these modifications. It's well worth the effort. Mashed potatoes are important. Use quality Round Steak and pound it to 1/4" to 1/2" thick. To the cracker cru...

Amazing. I never thought I'd be able to make Chicken Fried Steak this good at home. The gravy was amazing. The red pepper requirment was clearly a bit much, but I went with it anyway. I love...