Chicken fried steak (CFS) is a legendary Texas dish. The cut of steak is usually chuck steak, cubed steak, or round steak. However, sometimes it is made with ribeye steak and is called “chicken fried ribeye (steak)” (or “chicken fried rib-eye steak")—still abbreviated “CFS.”
Ribeye steaks can be expensive (and some are bone-in) and some people strongly disfavor using this cut of steak for CFS.
Wikipedia: Chicken fried steak
Chicken fried steak (also known as country fried steak) is a piece of beef steak (tenderized cube steak) coated with seasoned flour and pan fried. It is associated with Southern U.S. cuisine and hospitality. Its name is likely due to chicken fried steak’s similarity in preparation to fried chicken, though the dish is also similar to the classic Viennese dish Wiener Schnitzel, a tenderized veal cutlet, coated with flour, eggs and breadcrumbs and fried.
Chicken fried steak is prepared by taking a thin cut of beef steak and tenderizing it by pounding. It is then either immersed in egg batter and/or dredged in flour to which salt, pepper, and often other seasonings, have been added (called breading). After this, the steak is fried in a skillet or, less commonly, deep-fried. The frying medium has traditionally been butter, lard, or other shortening, but in recent years health concerns have led most cooks to substitute vegetable oil. Country fried steak, as it is called in states east of the Red River, is made without egg wash.
The cuts of steak used for chicken fried steak are usually the less expensive, less desirable ones, such as chuck steak, cubed steak , round steak, and occasionally flank steak. The method is also sometimes used for chopped, ground, or especially cube steak. When ground beef is used, it is sometimes called a “chuckwagon”. Chicken Fried Steak is traditionally served for lunch or dinner topped with cream gravy, and with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and biscuits served on the side.
The “CFS”, as it also known, can be served on a hamburger bun as a sandwich, cubed and stuffed in a baked potato with the gravy and cheese, or cut into strips and served in a basket with fries and gravy, which is then known as “steak fingers”.
Wikipedia: Rib eye steak
The rib eye or ribeye, also known as the Scotch filet (in Australia and New Zealand) is a beef steak from the beef rib. When cut into steaks, the ribeye is one of the most popular, juiciest, and expensive steaks on the market. Meat from the rib section is tender and fattier (the meat is said to be “marbled") than other cuts of beef. This extra fat makes ribeye steaks and roasts especially tender and flavorful.
The ribeye can be cut boneless or bone-in; a “bone-in ribeye” (sometimes called a “cowboy ribeye") is synonymous with a rib steak. The cuts are otherwise identical; a justification sometimes used for leaving the bone in is that extra moisture and fat alongside the bone will enhance the flavor, although the inclusion of bone may also be used to inflate the weight of the steak. It is recommended to this cut to be served at medium-rare, to medium, as this will melt fat in the meat and give more flavor. Cooking the meat over medium can result in dryness, and may make the meat tough.
The rib section of beef spans from ribs six through twelve. Ribeye steaks are mostly composed of the Longissimus dorsi muscle but also contain the Complexus and Spinalis muscles.
Texas Chicken-fried Rib-eye with Tabasco Cream Gravy
‘Chicken-Fried Steak’ is a Texas institution.
4 to 6 well-trimmed rib-eye steaks, cut 1/8 inch thick (approx. 7 ounces each)
3 cups seasoned flour for frying
Egg wash made from 3 eggs well beaten with 4 cups milk
4 cups Japanese (panko) breadcrumbs, seasoned with 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons Cajun-style meat-seasoning blend
Canola oil for deep-frying, heated to 350°F
Tabasco Cream Gravy
1/2 cup bacon or sausage drippings
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons chicken base paste or 2 cups rich chicken stock
4 cups whole milk, or more as needed
2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
Salt to taste (...)
Chicken Fried Rib Eye Steak
Recipe Suggested By: Karen
- 2 rib eye steaks
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Season each rib eye steak with salt and pepper and dredge them into flour. Dip the rib eye steaks into the beaten egg and coat them with the bread crumbs. Place the rib eye steaks into the heated oil and fry for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Serve the fried rib eye steak with your favorite gravy.
Austin City Guide
Iron Cactus North Austin
10001 Stonelake Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
Jalapeño Chicken Fried Ribeye: Lightly dusted and battered center cut ribeye, with jalapeno cream gravy, on Navajo mashed potatoes with roasted vegetables.
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From: (Cox David A)
Date: 16 Jul 1994 14:55:38 GMT
Local: Sat, Jul 16 1994 10:55 am
Subject: Denton area BBQ
Clark’s in Tioga on hwy. 377 has good brisket and the Prairie House east of Denton on 380 has good ribs and though its not all BBQ has a great general menu. They have a chicken-fried ribeye that is mighty tasty and the beans are good enough to make a meal of by themselves.
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From: “Jeff Edwards”
Subject: Logan’s - was Re: Jekyl & Hyde Club - New restaurant!
I kinda have to disagree about Logan’s. It’s not gourmet food, but good for what you’d expect from a “roadhouse”. The chicken-fried ribeye was quite good, and my father said his steak was pretty good - and inexpensive, too.
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From: Jerry Davis
Subject: Re: Chicken Fried Steak
I second Reata. I order the CFS (really chicken fried ribeye) nearly every time we go there. For out of towners, Reata is on the 35th floor of the BankOne building in downtown Ft. Worth. The have valet parking, good food, good views through the floor to ceiling windows.
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From: “Earle Edomm”
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 09:14:08 -0500
Local: Sun, May 13 2001 10:14 am
Subject: Re: i just work there
That’s from a conversation I had, where I asked the question without any preface, with my son yesterday over venison burgers and chicken fried ribeye (only in Texas) at my daughters graduation dinner.
Chicken-fried Steak in Austin - Chow
I’m sure that Z Tejas has a good chicken fried ribeye, but to me there is just something wrong with chicken frying a ribeye.
TroyTempest Sep 14, 2007 03:27PM
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Chicken Fried Ribeye
1110 W 6th St Austin, TX
bighousepink on 01/03/08, Score 10
This dish has to be one of the world’s heartiest meals. The massive Chicken Fried Ribeye is drowned in a mountain of buttery, slightly garlicky mashed potatoes. At the onset, you might not think that you can finish this dish, but somehow the plate always winds up clean! This is a perfect recovery dish for a late night celebration if accompanied by a bloody mary or two…
02/15/08 11:52 AM
Re: Chicken Fried Steak Recipe? [re: rhg84]
I’ve had chicken-fried ribeye, and can honestly say I didn’t like it near as much as a regular CFS. The texture just wasn’t the same. Seems like a waste, too.
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (1) Comments • Friday, August 08, 2008 • Permalink
Chicken Fried Ribeye , wow sounds absolutely