Indulge in the Ultimate Southern Country Fried Steak

Are you ready to experience the epitome of classic southern comfort food? Look no further than this tantalizing recipe for Southern Country Fried Steak. Picture succulent cubed round steak, perfectly seasoned, coated, and fried to a mouthwatering golden brown. And as an added bonus, I’ll guide you through creating a delectable pan gravy to accompany this delightful dish.

I must confess, I don’t often fry foods these days. It tends to create a messy kitchen, leaves lingering odors, and isn’t particularly healthy. Nevertheless, there are times when I simply can’t resist the temptation to open the windows, don a trusty apron, and whip up a batch of Country Fried Steak. It’s a classic southern comfort food that hits all the right spots.

Now, some folks may refer to this dish as “chicken fried steak,” but let me set the record straight – that’s an entirely different recipe altogether! Chicken fried steak involves dipping the steak in an egg or egg and milk mixture before flouring and frying. Country fried steak, on the other hand, skips the dipping step and instead coats a well-seasoned, cubed steak with flour before submerging it in sizzling hot oil. Intrigued? Keep reading to discover the secrets behind this mouthwatering creation.

Why You’ll Love It:

  1. Crispy, flavorful, and downright delicious!
  2. Requires only a handful of common ingredients.
  3. Cooks up in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients used in the recipe.

Let’s dive into the ingredients:

  • Cubed steak – This is round steak that has been expertly processed through a special machine, resulting in tender, succulent beef.
  • Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt – While I prefer this particular seasoning salt mix, you can opt for Lawry’s or your preferred brand.
  • All-purpose flour – Perfect for dredging the steak.
  • Cooking oil – I highly recommend peanut oil, as it can withstand high temperatures without burning.
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Oil heating in a cast iron skillet.
Seasoned cubed steak.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by cutting the steak into serving-sized pieces if necessary.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet with approximately ½ inch of oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Generously season both sides of the cubed steak with the seasoning salt.

👉 PRO TIP: Feel free to experiment with different seasoning salt blends, but the traditional combination of salt and pepper works wonders too. Just remember to season liberally!

Dredging steak in flour.
Dredged steak sitting on top of flour.

  1. Now, it’s time to dredge each piece of steak in flour.
  2. Check if the oil is ready by inserting the end of a wooden spoon. If bubbles form around the handle, it’s good to go!
  3. Carefully place the prepared steak in the hot oil and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes on one side.
  4. After achieving a rich golden brown color, flip the steak for an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Transfer the cooked steak to a paper towel-lined plate to keep it warm until serving.

👉 PRO TIP: Avoid overcrowding the pan. Cooking in batches ensures the perfect crispy texture, while preventing the meat from sticking and leaving that mouthwatering goodness trapped on the pan.

Steak cooking in hot oil.
Finished pieces draining on paper towels.

Elevate Your Steak with a Savory Pan Gravy

If you crave an extra touch of decadence, allow me to share a simple method for creating a delectable brown gravy to accompany your steak.

A skillet with oil and flour inside.
Adding water to finish gravy.

Follow these steps:

  1. Pour out all but approximately 4 tablespoons of the cooking oil, ensuring the crispies and drippings remain in the pan.
  2. Return the pan to medium heat and sprinkle in around 4 to 6 tablespoons of flour.
  3. Stir and cook until the flour turns a rich golden brown.
  4. Gradually pour in about 2 cups of water, bringing it to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the gravy to thicken for a few minutes.
  5. Taste the gravy and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
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👉 PRO TIP: This pan gravy technique works wonders with other fried meats, such as crispy fried chicken or succulent pork chops.

A platter filled with finished country fried steak.

Serving Suggestions

I love serving this mouthwatering dish alongside creamy mashed potatoes and classic old-fashioned green beans. For an extra touch of zest, try pairing it with Old Fashioned Copper Pennies. And let’s not forget the buttermilk biscuits – they’re always a welcomed addition!

If you find yourself with any leftovers, fear not! Simply store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, gently reheat in the microwave or a low oven until warmed through.

Country fried steak on a plate with gravy and mashed potatoes.

📖 Recipe

— This post was originally published on November 2, 2009. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and immerse yourself in the crispy, flavorful delight that is Southern Country Fried Steak! For more mouthwatering recipes and culinary inspiration, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.