Country fried steak with mashed potatoes and creamy gravy - the ultimate comfort food recipe from the Pioneer Woman herself.
Making Country Fried Steak is the best way to elevate the humble cube steak to a whole new level! Also known as chicken fried steak, this dish involves breading the steak in a seasoned coating then frying it. The result is a mouthwatering, crispy crust and an amazing flavor that will have you turning to this recipe over and over again!
Despite its name, chicken fried steak contains NO chicken. That's right, no chicken at all! The name refers to the style of cooking rather than the ingredients! In this dish, the cube steak is cooked in the same way as fried chicken.
One of the best things about this dish is the contrast between the creaminess of the gravy and the crunchiness of the steak - they really do make a perfect combination! And although this recipe suggests serving the steak with mashed potato, we totally recommend trying chicken fried steak sandwiches too!
This is an easy meal to make, so it's ideal for busy weeknights. But to save even MORE time, why not try breading a double batch of steak and freezing half of it BEFORE you fry it?
Just lay the breaded steak pieces out in a single layer on a tray lined with parchment paper. Allow them to freeze overnight, then remove them from the tray and place them in a large zip-top bag for future use.
Tips for creating the perfect crunch!
The key to good country fried steak is testing the oil. The best way to do this is to sprinkle in some flour. If the oil is hot enough, the flour will sizzle straight away.
If you put the breaded steak into oil that is not hot enough, the breading will drop right off and the finished dish won't have that lovely savory 'crunch' that makes chicken fried steak so special!
If the flour turns brown very quickly, however, this means the oil is too hot and the breading will burn before the steak is cooked. In this case, lower the heat and test the oil again before adding the steak.
The recipe tells you to cook only 3 pieces of steak at a time. It can be tempting to add more to the pan, but if you add more than 3 pieces the temperature of the oil will drop too quickly and the breading will come off the meat.
Like the look of this recipe but unable to eat gluten? Then don't miss this easy Gluten Free Chicken Fried Steak recipe!