Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy Recipe

Try GRIT’s editors’ picks with our Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy Recipe.

January/February 2016

  • Chicken Fried Steak dinner can conjure up many a childhood memory.
    Photo by Lori Dunn

Total Hands-On Time: 40 min

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Yield: 8 servings

Try GRIT’s editors’ picks with our Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy Recipe.



• 1 cup whole milk
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons coarse or kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 8 minute steaks or cube steaks
• Coconut oil, for frying


• 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
• 3-1⁄2 cups whole milk
• 1⁄2 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


To Make Steaks:

1. In medium bowl, whisk together milk and eggs; set aside.

2. In shallow pan, combine flour, salt, paprika, cayenne, cumin and black pepper, and whisk to blend.

3. Pat steaks dry with paper towel. One at a time, dredge steaks in flour mixture, and lightly shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, coating both sides, then dip in flour mixture again, coating both sides thoroughly. Lightly shake off excess flour mixture, and place on clean plate. Repeat with remaining steaks.

4. Heat 1⁄2 inch oil in large, deep cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. (Test if oil is hot by dripping a few drops of water into the oil. If it sizzles quickly, it’s ready.) Using metal tongs, carefully place two to three steaks in pan, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until bottoms are brown. Flip with tongs, and cook other side for 3 to 5 minutes, or until steaks are cooked through and coating is golden. Transfer to cooling rack, which has been placed on cookie sheet, and keep warm in oven set at 200 F. until ready to serve.

To Make Gravy:

5. Discard all but 1⁄4 cup drippings from skillet. Heat over medium heat until drippings are hot. Sprinkle flour over drippings, and whisk quickly to create a roux. Cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Continue whisking and cooking for 8 to 10 minutes, or until gravy thickens. Remove from heat, and continue whisking for a few more minutes. If gravy is too thick, add a little additional milk, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.

7. Serve steak and gravy with mashed potatoes, if desired.

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