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chicken fried steak in a casserole dish on a floral napkin

Chicken Fried Steak

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


You can't really call yourself 'southern' unless you've made a big batch of Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy.  It's an authentic southern meal!




  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. dried steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 4 pieces cube steak
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced in rings


  • Skillet drippings from steak
  • 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup half & half



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Collect 3 for the flour mixture, one for the buttermilk mixture, and one for the steaks once they're battered.
  2. Combine flour with garlic salt, dried steak seasoning and dried oregano in the first bowl.
  3. Whisk egg and buttermilk with salt and pepper in the second bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper.
  5. Begin dredging the cube steak by coating both sides in the flour mixture, then dipping in the buttermilk mixture, and back again in the flour. Be sure to coat both sides of the meat.
  6. Add the breaded meat to the last bowl and repeat the process for each cube steak.
  7. Heat canola oil in a large cast iron skillet (ad) over medium-low heat.
  8. Gently place each breaded cube steak in the skillet and cook about 3 minutes on each side.
  9. When the steaks look golden brown, remove the meat and place in a 13 X 9 casserole dish. Keep warm by covering with foil.
  10. Sauté the sliced onion in skillet drippings for about 2 minutes until transparent. Drain onions and spoon over steaks in casserole dish. Cover with foil while making the gravy. 


  1. Scrape the bits from the bottom of the skillet, then add flour to the drippings over medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk the flour with drippings for about a minute to cook through, then add milk and turn up the heat to medium, stirring constantly.
  3. Whisk gravy while you add garlic salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  4. Once gravy starts to thicken and become smooth, add half and half and stir well until it's the perfect consistency. Taste the gravy to make sure it has enough seasoning. If not, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the gravy over the steak and onions in the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until steaks are tender.
  6. Serve over a heaping pile of Garlic Mashed Potatoes.


Be sure to use fresh flour when making the gravy. If you make it with the flour used to dredge the meat, it can cause gravy to be lumpy. 

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: chicken fried steak, country fried steak, steak and gravy, cream gravy, southern, comfort food