Country fried steak next to mashed potatoes all covered with gravy on a white plate on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Country Fried Steak

Country Fried Steak is a simple recipe made with coated cube steaks and a delicious gravy sauce that can be ready in about 30 minutes.

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Country Fried Steak is one of my favorite meals that I often forget about. I feel like this is a highly underrated Southern favorite meal. That may be why I don’t think about it.

The first time I ever had country-fried steak was when my aunt made it. I was living with them in college so I learned a lot of her recipes. 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 but can help them fit in the bowls and pan.

What Sides Go with Country Fried Steak?

My favorite sides to go with this country-fried steak recipe are creamy mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Both of them are delicious with the extra gravy on them. 

The best vegetables are green beans, asparagus, collard greens, brussels sprouts, or broccoli and carrots.  

You could also serve it with some soft buttermilk biscuits. This ends up being the best comfort food meal. 

What Meat Works Best for Country Fried Steak?

The best cuts of meat to use are cube steak. If you can’t get cube steak, you can also purchase round steak and use a meat mallet or meat tenderizer to make tender steaks. If they are still thick, you can use a rolling pin to flatten the steaks out. 

Want More Seasoning?

While I like using seasoned salt for this, you can also use your own combination of seasonings, too. If you do, I suggest some kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and perhaps a dash of hot sauce. 

Country Fried Steak Step by Step


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose 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


Over medium heat, warm the olive oil in a large skillet

Set up your dredging station. Whisk the flour and seasoned salt in a shallow bowl. Add the eggs to a second bowl and the breadcrumbs to a third. Sometimes it’s easier to use a plate for the flour and breadcrumbs so the steaks fit better. 

Three round plates covered with flour on one, egg on another, and breadcrumbs on the third above another round plate with cube steaks all on a wooden surface

Coat each steak by dredging first in the seasoned flour mixture, then the eggs, and then the breadcrumbs. During each step, make sure they are fully covered. It helps to press the flour and breadcrumbs into the steaks. Continue with the remaining steaks. 

Place the breaded steak into the hot oil. Cook for about 5-10 minutes.

Breaded cube steaks cooking in a large skillet next to a pair of black tongs on a wooden surface

Flip and cook the other side until the meat is cooked through and golden brown. 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 rarer, you can cook them over medium-high heat and flip them sooner. 

Remove the steaks from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate 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 drippings and whisk. Add the water and continue to whisk until there are no more lumps. 

Cooked cube steaks on a white plate next to a large skillet with gravy ingredients on a wooden surface

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes until the gravy is warm and thickens slightly. Serve the steaks smothered in the creamy gravy. Sprinkle with black pepper if desired. 

Country fried steak next to mashed potatoes all covered with gravy on a white plate on a wooden surface (vertical)

Country Fried Steak Leftovers

Storage: The best way to store the leftover country fried steak is in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the gravy separately from the steak.

Reheating: Reheat the steaks in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. The gravy is best heated in a saucepan over medium heat until warm. If the gravy is too thick, add a bit of water or milk and stir constantly so it doesn’t scald.


Originally Published On: September 13, 2016

Last Updated On: February 14, 2024

Country fried steak next to mashed potatoes all covered with gravy on a white plate on a wooden surface

Country Fried Steak

Country Fried Steak is a simple recipe made with coated cube steaks and a delicious gravy sauce that can be ready in about 30 minutes. 
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Main Dish
Servings: 4
5 from 2 votes


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose 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

Recommended Equipment


  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Country Fried Steak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 736 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Trans Fat 2g
Cholesterol 238mg79%
Sodium 1147mg48%
Potassium 892mg25%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 320IU6%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 306mg31%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

32 thoughts on “Country Fried Steak”

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever had it for breakfast! But now that you say that, I bet it is a great filling meal in the morning. I’ll have to try that next time with the leftovers because I don’t think my husband will be on board with it that early.

  1. This is one of my husband’s favorite meals to get when we go out for breakfast. I’d never considered making it at home before, but think I will have to try out your recipe!

  2. oh this looks so appetizing i think im going to request having it for dinner tonight. i’ve been wanting chicken fried steak for awhile now and this just really set the craving through the roof.

  3. I just love county fried steak!!! Pretty much anything this country gravy!!! Beyond delicious!!! So need to try this recipe

    1. So I just looked up the difference, and I kinda mixed them together! Chicken-fried steak is deep-fried whereas country-fried steak is cooked in a skillet. But chicken-fried steak usually has the while gravy while country-fried has the brown. So I guess this is actually a little of both!

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