Chicken Fried Steak with Sawmill Gravy
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5 from 16 votes

Chicken Fried Steaks with Sawmill Gravy

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


  • For the steaks:
  • 6 pieces cube steak about 2 pounds
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all purpose flour divided use
  • 25 saltine crackers crushed
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Eggland’s Best eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • vegetable oil or shortening
  • For the sawmill gravy:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups whole milk


  • For the steaks: If your cubed steak is more than 1/2” thick, you’ll want to pound it out until thin. This will provide additional tenderizing as well as allowing for more even cooking.
  • Season cubed steaks lightly with salt and pepper.
  • On a plate, place 1/2 cup flour - set aside. In a shallow bowl, mix remaining 1/2 cup flour, saltine cracker crumbs, seasoned salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  • In another shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and 1/3 cup milk.
  • Dredge cubed steak in flour...then dip in egg mixture...and then finally coat with saltine cracker mixture.
  • Continue the same procedure for the rest of the steaks and place them on a large baking sheet.
  • Heat about 1/2-inch vegetable or shortening in a large pan (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Note: I prefer shortening for these but use the oil you prefer.
  • Cook steak in 2 batches for about 5 minutes per side. Continue with the rest of the steaks.
  • Remove steaks to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain excess oil.
  • For the sawmill gravy: Once steaks are finished cooked, remove excess oil from pan (leaving about 1/4 cup remaining). Add 1/4 cup flour to pan.
  • Whisk and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in milk and cook until thick.
  • Whisk constantly and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Pour gravy over steaks.