Southern comfort food without the carbs? Count me in! This Keto Chicken Fried Steak is every bit as good as the original. Perfectly crispy steak topped in a creamy sour cream gravy will keep you coming back for more.
Craving Comfort Food? Keto Chicken Fried Steak is Perfection!
Growing up in the South, Chicken Fried Steak made a regular appearance on both the breakfast and dinner table. I am not sure how it gets any better than crispy fried steak topped with a rich and creamy sour cream gravy!
One of my favorite things about keto, is that unlike most diets, comfort food isn't off the table. I would argue that it doesn't get much more comforting than this delicious recipe.
I like it served over mashed cauliflower, but I've got some other suggestions for you down below if that isn't' your thing.
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How to Make Keto Chicken Fried Steak
1 First, combine the almond flour, finely grated Parmesan cheese, smoked paprika, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
2 Next, use a meat mallet to tenderize the steak, pounding until it is about 1/4 inch thick. (You may be able to find steaks that have already been tenderized.)
3 After that, dip the meat into the eggs, and then coat with the almond flour mixture. Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into the steaks.
4 To fry, heat the ghee or avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is about 320 degrees. Cook the steaks for 2 to 4 minutes per side, until they are golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack over a baking sheet and tent with foil to keep warm.
How to Make the Creamy Sour Cream Gravy
1 Reduce the heat to medium. Add beef broth, cream, garlic powder, and xanthan gum. Whisk to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2 Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low, and stir in sour cream. Remove from the heat immediately. Serve on top of the steak.
Tips & Tricks
- Make sure you firmly press the coating into the steak before frying.
- If you are having problems with sticking, check the temperature of your oil. It may not be hot enough.
- You will have some oil left in the pan when you go to make the gravy. If you feel like it is too much, feel free to remove some of it. Just don't remove all the brown bits at the bottom of the pan - they are loaded with flavor!
- Chilling the coated steak for about 45 minutes in the refrigerator can help the breading to adhere.
- Make sure you use a heavy skillet! Cast iron is great, but any heavy skillet will work.
- Depending on the size of your skillet, you will probably need to cook in batches. Avoid the temptation to overcrowd the pan.
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- Heavy Skillet
- Meat Mallet
- Thermometer - any kind that goes up to 400 degrees works. I am obsessed with this one.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is chicken fried steak?
The name Chicken Fried Steak comes from the way that the dish is prepared - it is a steak that has been coated with flour or breading and then fried in the same manner that you would cook chicken.
What kind of meat is use for chicken fried steak?
Beefsteak - tenderized cube steak - is most often used for chicken fried steak. This is top round or top sirloin that has been flatted by pounding with a meat tenderizer leaving little indentations on the surface. If you can't find cube steaks, slice any lean cut of beef to 1/2-inch thick and pound it with the dented side of a meat mallet to tenderize it.
Is chicken fried steak keto friendly?
Most chicken fried steak is coated with breadcrumbs, making is a non-keto friendly option. This recipe, with less than 4 net carbs per serving, is perfect for your low carb diet.
What do you eat with chicken fried steak?
- Green Beans
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Keto Brussels Sprouts
- Fried Okra
- Collard Greens
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Serve with eggs for breakfast
You May Also Like
- Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu is rich and satisfying! This is one I often turn to for entertaining.
- If you are looking for something that will keep your taste buds singing, this Keto Buffalo Chicken is a must-try!
- Elevate steak night with this Keto Steak Marinade. It is quick to make and crowd pleasing.
- Comfort food doesn't get any better than this Low Carb Chicken Pot Pie.
Keto Chicken Fried Steak
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 eggs
- 24 ounces cube steaks
- 1/4 cup ghee or avocado oil
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- In a shallow bowl, combine almond flour, Parmesan cheese, smoked paprika, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
- In a separate bowl beat together eggs.
- Tenderize the meat with a meat hammer, pounding until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Dip the meat into the eggs, and then coat with the almond flour mixture. Press the mixture into the meat.
- Heat the ghee in a large skillet over medium-high heat. The oil should be between 320 degrees and 340 degrees. A drop of almond flour should sizzle when it touches the oil, but not burn.
- Add the steaks, and cook for about 2 to 4 minutes per side.
- Remove from the pan and put on a rack over a baking sheet. Tent with foil to keep warm.
- Reduce heat to medium and add beef broth, cream, garlic powder, and xanthan gum. Whisk to combine.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to medium low, and stir in sour cream.
- Serve the chicken fried steak with the gravy on top.