Cracker Barrel Copycat Country Fried Steak

Cracker Barrel Copycat Country Fried Steak


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There is an art to soulful, home cooking. Anyone can make this incredibly succulent country fried steak. Explore the Southern hospitality of your cooking skills and enjoy some country fried steak with those closest to you.

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Chicago, IL

Time needed

10 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 2 pounds of round steak
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper (or as many dashes as you like!)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk pancake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • For the gravy:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper

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Take your take and cut into 4 pieces. Then place each steak between two sheets of parchment paper and pound with the flat end of a meat mallet until the steaks are around 1 inch thick. In a bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, pepper). In a separate bowl, whisk together the water and egg. The third bowl should be just the pancake mix.

Dip each steak in the flour mixture, then the egg, and then the pancake mix.

Take a large cast iron skillet (or a large frying pan) and heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Fry each steak for 4-5 minutes on each side. Set the steaks aside to cool and discard most of the oil (save about 2 tablespoons.)

For the gravy, make a roux with the remaining oil and the flour. Once it is lightly brown and gives off a nutty smell, SLOWLY add in the milk. Add the milk about a half a cup at a time, slowly allowing the roux to thicken into gravy. Add salt and pepper to taste and then pour your gravy over the steaks and serve with the Cracker Barrel Copycat Old Country Potatoes. Enjoy!

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