Country Fried Steak
Country fried steak is a brown gravy-smothered steak that is crispy, delicious, and perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1 ½cups buttermilk
- 2teaspoons salt, divided
- 4teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 4(6-ounce) cube steaks
- 2cups flour
- 1teaspoon onion powder
- 1teaspoon sweet paprika
- ½cup canola oil
- 1tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 ½cups beef broth
- 2teaspoons hot sauce
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Whisk the buttermilk, eggs, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1 teaspoon of the pepper in a large bowl. Add the cubed steaks to the bowl and cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour but up to overnight. Make sure to submerge the steaks in the buttermilk mixture.
Step 3Whisk together the flour, remaining salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika in a shallow dish. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the seasoned flour for the gravy.
Step 4Remove 1 steak from the buttermilk mixture and dredge it in the flour mixture, coating both sides. Place the steak back into the buttermilk mixture, coating both sides. Then place the steak back into the flour mixture, coating once more. Repeat with the remaining steaks.
Step 5Place the steaks on top of a cooling rack over a sheet pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Step 6Add the oil to a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed pan. Heat the oil to 350 F. Add the steaks, frying for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the steaks and place them onto another clean cooling rack over a baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200 F oven.
Step 7Gather the ingredients for the gravy.
Step 8Add the butter to the remaining oil and then add the 2 tablespoons of reserved flour. Whisk until the flour is incorporated into the oil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the flour is lightly browned.
Step 9Pour the beef broth and hot sauce into the pan while whisking. Bring the gravy to a boil and then turn the heat to low and simmer, whisking occasionally for another 3 minutes.
Step 10Remove the steaks form the warm oven, top them with the gravy, and serve alongside your favorite sides.