Chicken Fried Steak

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins

According to authors Jane and Michael Stern, this quintessential diner dish “was a Texas cook’s way to tame an ornery cut of steak, one too tough to simply fry.”


6 1/2-inch-thick cuts of round steak, about 4 inches in diameter
2large eggs, beaten
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1cup all-purpose flour mixed with 2 teaspoons pepper and 1 teaspoon salt
Lard or vegetable oil for frying
3/4cup milk mixed with ¼ cup beef stock
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sandwich each steak between pieces of wax paper and beat it for 2 or 3 minutes with a blunt instrument. (An old-time heavy glass Coke bottle is traditional, but we would not encourage using easily breakable glass.) Place the steaks in a baking pan big enough to hold them in a single layer.
  2. Combine the eggs and evaporated milk and thoroughly soak the steaks in the mixture.
  3. Place the seasoned flour on a plate and dredge each steak in it, coating the steaks thoroughly. Do not discard the flour.
  4. Put enough lard or oil in a deep skillet so it is more than ½ inch deep. Heat it to 360 degrees, or until a bread cube sizzles in it.
  5. Dip the floured steaks back into the egg and milk mixture, then use a long set of tongs to ease each of them into the hot oil. Stand back when you do this; the oil will splatter. Do not crowd the steaks in the skillet.
  6. Cook each steak for about 8 minutes, or until it is golden brown on the bottom. Turn, and cook the other side for about 6 more minutes, or until well browned.
  7. Remove the steaks from the oil with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.
  8. Pour off all but 2 or 3 tablespoons of the oil in the skillet. Return the skillet to the heat and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the seasoned flour over the hot oil, stirring constantly for a full minute, scraping the bottom of the skillet as you stir.
  9. Gradually add the milk and beef stock mixture, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until the gravy is thick. Add salt and pepper.
  10. Serve the steak and gravy with mashed potatoes and biscuits.

Recipe from Jane and Michael Stern’s Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food (Houghton Mifflin, 2006,

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 0.40
  • Calories 520
  • Fat 22g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 6g
  • Cholesterol 120mg
  • Sodium 700mg
  • Potassium 1010mg
  • Carbohydrate 24g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 50g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 25%
  • Iron 30%