Southern Living's Country Fried Steak

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is absolutely 100 percent Southern cooking at its best!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over steaks.
  2. Set aside.
  3. combinecracker crumbs, 1 cup flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper.
  4. whisk together 3/4 cup milk and eggs.
  5. Dredge steaks in cracker crumb mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge in cracker mixture again.
  6. POUR oil into a 12-inch skillet;heat to 360 degrees.
  7. Do not use a nonstick skillet.
  8. I like to use a cast iron skillet for this.
  9. Fry steaks 10 minutes.
  10. Turn and fry 4 to 5 more minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove to a wire rack on a jellyroll pan.
  12. Keep steaks warm in a 225 degree oven.
  13. Carefully drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.
  14. whisk together remaining 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 4 cups milk.
  15. Pour mixture into reserved drippings in skillet; cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened.
  16. Serve gravy with steaks and mashed potatoes.
  17. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
Most Helpful

This is the best recipe for country fried steak. The only thing I do different is I use my electric fry pan and a lot less oil. I also halve the gravy. Thank You for posting.

Naturelover May 04, 2012

Good meat! I did something wrong and the gravy was bad- burned flavor. I may have had the heat too high in the pan when frying. I accidentally added crushed red pepper to the breading so I just added ground red pepper, too and it was fine. I'll try this again with a thermometer because of the gravy issue.

Susie R. January 24, 2010

I liked it a lot and so did my family, BUT I am one for a lot of flavor and the gravy was BLAND so I think I will try to make my gravy with spicy sausage to give it a kick. But other than that it was delightful! :) and the dish was easy to make.... Thank you!

lynng32 September 19, 2007