Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
19 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Chicken-fried steak is a homestyle favorite featuring cubed steak that's coated in a crispy crumb mixuture, cooked in a skillet, and topped with creamy gravy. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper evenly over steaks. Combine cracker crumbs, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, red pepper, and baking powder. Whisk together 3/4 cup milk and eggs. Dredge steaks in cracker mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge again in cracker mixture.

Step 2

Pour oil into a 12-inch skillet; heat to 360°. (Do not use a nonstick skillet.) Fry steaks 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove steaks to a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Keep steaks warm in a 225° oven. Carefully drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.

Step 3

Whisk together remaining 4 cups milk, 1/4 cup flour, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon black pepper. Add milk mixture to reserved drippings in skillet; cook, whisking constantly, over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve gravy with steaks. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

luvmyfamilyof5's Review

June 17, 2013

myfamilyof5ncat's Review

June 17, 2013

magnoliasouth's Review

June 15, 2013

3goldbars's Review

May 19, 2013
I thought this recipe was great. I put the crackers in a food processor, that helped, of course. I also cooked them at a slightly lower heat for longer, and they turned out great. Some basic cooking know-how and a dash of common sense will get you through most cooking situations. Mine came out just like the photo!

marlenemorrison's Review

February 19, 2013

CheyenneUni's Review

November 14, 2012
the gravy was great but the breading fell off my steaks and the steaks were not done. I followed the directions.was not happy at all.

Myrecipename's Review

July 22, 2012
This was good. I did not experience the sogginess, but I think that crisping them in the oven would be worth a try. Did not try the gravy maybe next time.

debralew's Review

November 05, 2011

jrdrylie's Review

June 02, 2011
When I pulled the steaks out of the oil, I was a little skeptical. It looked a little mushy. But after I put it in the oven to keep them warm, the breading got crispier. The taste of the steaks was fantastic and the gravy was great.

foxegurl266's Review

January 14, 2011
The gravy turned out to be very tasty. I wasn't crazy about the steaks. I think mine needed to be cooked just a little bit more. I should have broken up the saltines more, as well. I used a non-stick skillet even though it said not to and it worked fine.