One of my favorite meals that I often forget about is delicious homemade Country Fried Steak. I feel like this is a highly underrated meal, and that may be why I don’t think about it either.
I believe the first time I ever had country fried steak was when my aunt made it when I was living with them in college. My mom doesn’t eat anything from a cow, so we didn’t eat much beef growing up.
I haven’t found a reliable way to make my own sausage gravy mix from scratch yet, so I get the package from the spice aisle at the grocery store. The gravy I make for Sausage Biscuits & Gravy worked ok when I tried it, but it still wasn’t the same flavor.
The size of the cube steaks will vary from place to place, but I always find the ones we get are huge. It helps to cut them in half or into quarters before starting to make them easier to handle. This isn’t necessary
My favorite sides to go with this recipe are mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Both of them are delicious with the extra gravy on them. And I just love mashed potatoes!
Step by Step
Over medium heat, warm the olive oil in a large skillet.
Whisk the flour and seasoned salt in a medium bowl. Add the eggs to a second bowl and breadcrumbs to a third. Sometimes it’s easier to use a plate for the flour and breadcrumbs so the steaks fit better.
Coat each steak by dredging first in the flour, then the eggs, then the breadcrumbs. Make sure they are fully covered during each step. It helps to press the flour and breadcrumbs into the steaks. Continue with each steak.
Place the coated cube steak into the preheated pan. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, until the bottom is browned.
Flip and cook the other side until the meat is cooked through and the coating has browned on both sides. I prefer to slow-cook my steaks so they don’t get too dark on the outside while still cooking in the middle. If you prefer yours more rare, you can cook on a higher heat and flip them sooner.
Remove the steaks from the pan and cover to keep them warm. I find a clean dish towel laid gently over the steaks works well for this.
Pour the evaporated milk and sausage gravy mix into the pan and whisk. Add the water and continue to whisk until there are no more lumps.
Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes until the gravy is warm and thickens slightly.
Serve the steaks smothered in the gravy.
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Country Fried Steak
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2/3 cup bread crumbs
- 4 cube steaks
- 1 pkg sausage gravy mix
- 12 oz evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat large saute pan on low and add oil
- Combine flour and seasoned salt in medium bowl
- Place egg in second bowl
- Place bread crumbs in third bowl
- Dredge each steak in flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs and place in preheated pan
- Cook until completely done, flipping at least once
- Remove from pan and cover to keep warm
- Stir in gravy mix and gradually add water and milk
- Stir continuously until gravy is smooth
- Reduce heat and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often, to heat through
- Serve gravy over steaks