My Mom’s Chicken-Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak

As I’ve mentioned over and over, my mother disliked cooking… quite a bit. I’ve often said that I find absolutely comfort in cooking, stirring a pot of Risotto is like therapy to me. It’s time that I get to clear my mind, forget about sticky floors, bananas shoved under my couch and yogurt in my hair. When I cook I feel at peace. My mom never felt any of that. Her staple dishes were things she could throw into one casserole dish and shove in the oven for a couple of hours.

But when the ‘domestic goddess’ in her started getting anxious, she made Chicken-Fried Steak, although, we never knew it was called Chicken-Fried Steak. She just always called it “Tenderised steak” because that is the cut of meat she used. But recently while watching an American cooking show, I realised that what my mother had cooked for us for years, is actually an American favourite. I was quite excited to have a more suitable name for one of the meals that I have attached a high comfort level to. It’s not great to say “Tenderised Steak” when someone asks you what your moms best dish was.

So yesterday I set off to the supermarket in search of Tenderised steak and was quite disappointed when I could only find Beef schnitzels. It only occurred to me after I had gotten home that I should have bought Sirloin steaks and just pounded them out myself. But that I’ll do next time.

I read up about Chicken-Fried Steak a bit and found it’s also called Country Fried Steak and that the Americans like to serve it with gravy. I made a small quantity of the gravy as I found in a recipe, but I have to be honest. It wasn’t great. It was quite gloopy and starchy and I’ve always preferred to eat this with just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. You could also serve this with cheese sauce if you wanted something saucy to go a long with it.

Chicken Fried Steak

Serves 4

  • 4 Tenderised steaks
  • 2 large eggs mixed with 3tbsn milk
  • 2 cups flour seasoned with 2tsp salt and 2tsp paprika
  • oil, for frying
  • fresh lemon juice for serving
  1. Heat a large frying pan/skillet and add 2tbsn oil.
  2. Place the eggs and the flour in two separate shallow bowls/plates.
  3. Place the steak first in the flour, then dredge in egg and then again in flour.
  4. Fry for +- 2-3 minutes per side until crisp and golden.
  5. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.
  6. Serve with fresh lemon juice (or cheese sauce if desired).
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  • Shirley
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    Hey, my mom also used to make it and called it tenderised steak as well. Always loved it with mash, peas and gravy. I should really try make this myself, but like your mom I’ve never been much into cooking, but since moving in with my partner I’ve suddenly had to get a little more interested. I really did think Chicken-Fried Steak was chicken though, so thanks for educating me. 🙂

  • claire
    Reply

    i LOVE chicken fried steak… well pretty much anything fried, but especially this. it looks amazing- thanks so much for sharing!

  • Deborah Dowd
    Reply

    This is my guilty pleasure- the only time I get it is when they make it at the cafeteria at my work, but this recipe looks so delicious I just might try it at home!

  • sandra
    Reply

    thanks for sharing your nice recipe will definitely try it out

  • JT
    Reply

    mmm.. chicken fried steak, egg, pancakes AND french toast at Dennys .. the cornerstrone of an american breakfast

  • Lori
    Reply

    Yum! I agree on the sprtiz of lemon aspect though…and maybe some homemade garlic mayo too 🙂

  • Fired Up Cooking SA
    Reply

    My mom also made this when I was a kid! Thanks for reminding me of it, Ally. It’s good to have a name and recipe for it.

  • Flee
    Reply

    OOhhh That looks so good and quick… The man is eating American tonight.. ‘-) Thank you

  • Hungry-Lea
    Reply

    YUM! I shall be making that for dinner tonight. My brood won’t know what hit them! Not much of a cook, though I can be if I apply myself!

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Hungry-Lea : What did they think?

      Flee: Hehehe, did he like it?

      Zabwan: I don’t know if this is the correct recipe but I know this was how my mom made it.

      Lori : oh YUM! Aioli would go SO well with this!

      JT : I believe you! It was while watching DDD that I saw this and was reminded of my mom’s version!

      Sandra: I hope you do! Let me know if you liked it!

  • Linda
    Reply

    That’s my idea of comfort food! I could eat that right now… wow.

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Glad you like it Linda! 🙂

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