Country-Fried (or Chicken-Fried) Round Steak

Country-fried steak with mashed potatoes and biscuits.
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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This basic country-fried round steak recipe comes together with a crust made with bread crumbs and cracker crumbs. The creamy gravy and egg coating in this recipe make it more like a chicken-fried steak than country-fried. Whatever you call it, it's a classic Southern dish. The steaks are usually made with thinned and tenderized round steak or cube steak.

The steaks are finished with a simple pan gravy, but feel free to use a packaged country gravy if you'd like.

Not only do these steaks make a delicious dinner main dish, they are a fabulous breakfast dish. Serve them with mashed potatoes or eggs and hash browns.

What You'll Need

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds round steak (boneless)
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup fine cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • For the Gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Dash salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Trim excess fat from steak; pound to 1/4-inch thickness.
  2. Cut steak into serving size pieces.
  3. Whisk eggs with lemon zest, and juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. Combine bread crumbs and cracker crumbs.
  5. Dip steak into egg mixture; dredge in crumb mixture.
  6. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. It should be about 350 F
  7. Cook steaks in the hot oil until browned and cooked through, turning once.
  8. Remove the steaks and keep warm. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of oil and place the skillet on medium-low heat.
  1. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour over the oil and cook, stirring, until the flour has lightly browned.
  2. Gradually add 1 cup of milk to the roux and continue cooking for 2 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Serve the steaks with the gravy.