Cracker Barrel Copycat Country Fried Steak Recipe

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Nothing says old country like a plate of good old fashioned fried steak. Now, if there is one restaurant that is known for serving country fried steak, it’s Cracker Barrel.

Formally known as Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the restaurant has been serving traditional Southern-style recipes complete with the old Southern facade since 1969. Although we can’t make the old country facade into our homes, we can offer you a recipe to recreate the iconic fried steak from Cracker Barrel.

This country fried steak is good for lunch, dinner, or whenever you want them. Impress guests with this signature dish by following these easy steps.

Cracker Barrel Copycat Country Fried Steak Recipe

How To Make Cracker Barrel Copycat Country Fried Steak

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • 2 lb pre-tenderized steaks, preferably cube steak
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup pancake mix
  • cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 pcs eggs

For Gravy:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

To Serve:

  • tsp parsley, chopped, per serving
  • ¼ cup potato fries, per serving
  • ¼ cup vegetables, per serving


  1. Prepare your breading station by placing the flour, beaten eggs, and pancake mix in separate bowls. Dredge each steak in the flour, dip in the egg and finally coat in the pancake mix.
  2. Heat up half of your oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the steak, one at a time, and pan-fry for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Set the steaks aside to cool.
  4. For the gravy, make a roux with the remaining oil. Add the flour and stir.
  5. Once it is lightly brown and gives off a nutty smell, add in the milk and whisk until it combines evenly.
  6. Bring to a simmer and continue simmering for 8 to 10 minutes until thickened.
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, then pour over the steaks.
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve with vegetables and potatoes done to your preference.

Recipe Notes

Make sure to taste the gravy as you go along and adjust the amount of milk to your own preference.

Serve the steaks up with your favorite veggies and a side of mashed/baked potatoes, just like in the restaurants.


  • Sugar: 6g
  • :
  • Calcium: 221mg
  • Calories: 665kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg
  • Fat: 48g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Potassium: 436mg
  • Protein: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 34g
  • Sodium: 374mg
  • Vitamin A: 1440IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a roux?

A roux is a sauce thickener made with fat and flour. In this recipe, we used milk as the liquid to turn it into a creamy, thick gravy.

Why do you have to pound the steaks?

Pounding the steaks is a way of tenderizing the meat by breaking down the connective tissues in the meat. This prevents tough and chewy cuts of meat. It also flattens the steak so they will cook a lot faster.



These country-fried steaks are a true representation of Southern cuisine and they are relatively easy to make. If you want a new way to cook your steaks, try this recipe and you'll be surprised how good they taste!
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