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The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rated as 4.47 out of 5 Stars

"I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time."
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40 m servings 791
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 steaks)


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  1. Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a separate shallow bowl; stir in the buttermilk, egg, Tabasco Sauce, and garlic. Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter, and again in the flour. Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour.
  2. Heat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
  3. Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.


  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 791 calories; 34.3 71.1 47 124 1393 Full nutrition

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This recipe is awesome! My family loved it. To fix the buttermilk dilemma some reviews have mentioned, try this: to make substitute buttermilk, add 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to a cup ...

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this was had a taste of too much flour for me, and not sure if i liked cooking in shortning,im used to veg.oil so to me it seems like i can notice the shortning when i take a bite, the ...

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This recipe is awesome! My family loved it. To fix the buttermilk dilemma some reviews have mentioned, try this: to make substitute buttermilk, add 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to a cup ...

Yum! I recommend salt and peppering the meat before dipping it in the flour and buttermilk mixture. Otherwise, the meat itself tastes bland.

This is the best recipe I've found for chicken fried steak! I allow my steaks to "rest" on a wire rack after the final coating of flour - which seems to help the coating adhere - also make sure...

This is my full proof recipe for Chicken fried steak,it's my husbands FAVORITE meal and whenever I make it for him or anyone else I get compliments throughtout the night. The hot sauce doesn't m...

I made this for dinner tonight, and it was AWESOME! The coating on the steaks had wonderful flavor, and crisped up perfectly! I used fresh turkey cube steaks that I get from my local farmers ma...

My middle son loves chicken fried steak and so do I. He came back for seconds with this recipe. I had to change it a little. Because I'm in the Denver area, frying can be a problem - things get ...

This is a great coating.I have for years frozen my left over buttermilk in 1 cup containers. Just shake to incorporate the butterfat and milk, works for me every time waste not want not.

Really, really delicious according to my gang butI did highly season the flour with garlic and onion powders and dried parsley flakes. Because I was being a lazy girl, I chose to use cube steaks...

Truly the best chicken fried steak I've ever eaten. Chicken fried steak has always been a diner favorite of mine, but never cooked it at home. Followed the recipe exactly and was rewarded wi...