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Country Fried Steak and Gravy

This country fried steak is a classic southern recipe that is served with homemade white gravy made from pan drippings.

Sunny Side Up Eggs and buttermilk biscuits are great sides to serve with this classic food and broccoli is a great vegetable to serve with this dish.

Country fried steak is not just for breakfast, it’s a great dinner recipe as well.

Country fried steak with gravy on a plate with broccoli in the background.

This incredibly easy-to-make meal is believed to have originated in Texas and adapted from the German dish wiener schnitzel and was created in the 1920s.

Ingredients in Country Fried Steak and White Gravy

Very basic ingredients are used to make this meal and you most likely have everything you need on hand.

  • Cube steaks
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Milk
Top view of country fried steak smothered with white gravy with sunny side up egg and buttermilk drop biscuit on a plate.

How to Make Country Fried Steak and White Gravy

Prepare the cube steaks: The first step to making country-fried steak is to prepare the cube steaks. Pound out the cube steaks to ½ inch thickness if needed,

Salt and pepper the cube steaks on both sides. Combine the flour together with the cayenne powder and garlic powder if using. Add the cube steaks to the flour mixture one at a time pressing the cube steak into the mixture to get it into all of the nooks and crannies.

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A drop biscuit on a plate with country fried steak covered with white gravy and garnished with parsley.

Fry the cube steaks: After all of the steaks are covered with flour, add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of a skillet and heat it over medium heat.

Once it is hot, carefully place the prepared cube steaks into the hot oil and cook for about 5 minutes per side.

Remove the steaks from the pan and set them on paper towels to drain.

Make the gravy: Remove all but two to four tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add the flour to the mixture and whisk until it is all moistened. It will be lumpy but it will smooth out.

Whisk in the milk and cook until the gravy begins to thicken. Remove the gravy from the heat.

Place the white gravy in a gravy boat and serve with the country fried steak.

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Country fried steak with gravy on a plate with broccoli in the background.

Country Fried Steak and Gravy

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6 cube steaks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Vegetable oil - for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)

For the white gravy (sawmill gravy)

  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk


  1. Add the flour to a shallow bowl.
  2. Pound out the cube steaks to ½ inch thickness if needed.
  3. Sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the cube steaks.
  4. Combine the flour, cayenne, and garlic powder (if using) in a small bowl.
  5. Rub the cube steaks into the mixture to coat well.
  6. Add oil to a skillet over medium heat - enough to cover the bottom.
  7. Once hot, add the cube steaks (you will need to cook them in batches)
  8. Fry for 5 minutes and then flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the fried steaks and place them on a paper towel to drain any grease.
  10. To make the gravy, remove all but 2-4 tablespoons of oil from the skillet and discard.
  11. Whisk in the flour until blended. It will be lumpy.
  12. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk until mixed.
  13. Whisk until the gravy is thickened.
  14. Serve the country fried steak with the sawmill gravy and garnish with parsley if desired.


This simple country recipe is one that I grew up on and is very easy to make and perfect when you don't have a lot of ingredients on hand.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 468mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 28g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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