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Chicken Fried Pork Cube Steak

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Tender juicy Cubed Pork Steak wrapped in a delicious flavorful southern style country breading and fried to a golden crisp topped off with creamy homemade gravy!

When our current situation hit the country…beef was in short supply and pork was plentiful!

Chicken Fried Pork Steak on a plate with creamy gravy and mashed potatoes

As I walked the meat department trying to stick to my “2 package” limit of meat…I stumbled upon a package of Cubed Pork Steak. I was intrigued. (Does that say something about my life when I get excited about pork steaks?)  We had never had it before.

My husband isn’t generally a huge fan of pork chops, so I was hopeful this package of cubed pork steaks would be as tender and juicy as his big brother… beef cube steaks! I thought “If beef cube steaks are good in a “chicken friend coating”…maybe pork would be too”.

Now I know some of you southerners are laughing…because this dish is a staple at your Nest. Remember I’m a west coast girl turned country farm girl…so this was all new to me! Yee-Haw!

To say that “Mr. Nest” loved this recipe…would be a HUGE understatement! He loves it so much that he regularly requests it. The lifelong plague of loathing dry pork chops has come to an end!

How To Cook Tenderized Pork Steaks

In a shallow dish, like a pie plate, add 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (buttermilk makes everything better y’all), 1 egg, and 1 -2 Tablespoon Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce, depending on your level desired flavor.  You can substitute 1/2 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce for the buffalo sauce.

Using a wire whisk, mix until well combined.

Pie dish with buttermilk, egg, and buffalo sauce

In a separate shallow dish, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Using a fork, combine all the dry breading ingredients until well blended.

TIP: Baking soda adds the “airy crisp” to this batter. Don’t skip that ingredient my friends!

shallow dish with dry breading ingredients

You’ll need 4 pork cube steaks. They generally come 2-3 pork cube steaks to a package. 

Pork Cube Steaks in the meat package.

In a large heavy skillet, cast iron skillet, or electric skillet over medium high, heat vegetable oil to 325°.

Meanwhile…dredge each pork steak in the buttermilk mixture. I like to let them hang out there for a minute or two…soak up all that yumminess!!! It makes ’em happy. Like a tired mom in a hot tub!

dredging the pork steak through the buttermilk mixture

Remove the soaked cube steak from the buttermilk mixture and dredge it (lots of dredging going on in this recipe!) through the flour mixture, making sure it is well coated on both sides with the dry flour mixture. Set coated pork steaks on a baking rack until ready to fry.

Dredging the pork steak in flour mixture

Carefully place each pork steak in the heated oil, laying the steak away from you. Fry the steaks evenly until golden brown and crispy, about 3–5 minutes per side. 

Frying Pork Cube Steaks in skillet over medium high heat.

Line a plate with 3–4 layers of paper towels. Place those beautiful southern fried pork chops on the paper towel lined plate to soak up any extra oil from frying. 

Skillet with four fried Pork Cube Steaks golden brown.

Carefully drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants, also known at “bits” around this Nest, as possible.

Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk in 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour into the heated oil. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release the solids into the gravy. Slowly add 4 cups milk, stirring constantly, until gravy thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

That’s it my friends. You have just made the BEST Chicken Fried Pork Cube Steaks and Gravy. Nothing left but to dig in!

I like to serve our fried pork chops and gravy over mashed potatoes…cause “Taters” are life and nothing say’s “Country Eating” like something fried with Home style mashed potatoes, and a creamy gravy made from drippings’!! Lawdy that’s some good eating there my friends! (My English teacher is so, SO proud of that run-on sentence I just dropped at the beginning of this paragraph!) 

Chicken Fried Pork Cube Steak with creamy gravy

These fried boneless pork chops are so good! Lip-smacking, belly rubbing good! The breading is pure perfection!! Crispy and light. YUM!

The birds at this next love how tender and juicy the cubed pork steaks are. You can literally cut them with a fork! 

Photo of the inside of the cubed pork steak with gravy.

I’m drooling just thinking about this classic pork chop recipe. I know I changed it up a bit by adding “buffalo” sauce to the batter…but sometimes ya just want a little kick of flavor and a change of pace from the norm!

Chicken Fried Pork Steak on a bed of mashed potatoes with creamy country gravy on a plate with a garnish of parsley.

This same recipe would make a fantastic Southern Fried Pork Chop Sandwich! Omit the gravy and place that thin chicken fried pork cube steak on a toasted bun with a scrumptious honey mustard sauce or a white BBQ sauce! Whoa…sounds like I need to head back to the kitchen and start recipe testing again! WOW! That sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Here are some of my other favorite Southern Recipes

As always, thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and come to love Pork Cube Steaks as much as we do! It’s one truly fantastic dish! Sometimes in the midst of a trial you make new delicious discoveries!

Happy Nesting My Friends!

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Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Fried Pork Cube Steak

Chicken Fried Pork Steak on a plate with creamy gravy and mashed potatoes

Tender juicy Cubed Pork Steak wrapped in a delicious flavorful southern style country breading and fried to a golden crisp topped off with creamy homemade gravy!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Pork cube steaks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Frank's Buffalo Sauce; or 1/2 Tablespoon Hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cup vegetable oil for frying

Gravy ingredients

  • 1/4 cup reserved oil drippings
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups milk
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow dish, like a pie plate. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend egg, buttermilk, and buffalo sauce together.
  3. Dredge each cube steak in buttermilk batter, then dredge in the flour mixture, making sure to pat the flour mixture onto the surface of each pork steak so they are completely coated with dry flour. Place coated pork steaks on a rack until ready to fry.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep cast-iron skillet, electric skillet, or deep fry pan. Heat oil to 325°. Carefully lay the steaks AWAY from you in the hot oil. Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain.
  5. To make the gravy, carefully drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
  6. Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk in 1/2 cup flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids. Add chicken broth. Stir until well combined. Slowly add the milk stirring constantly until mixture thickens to form a creamy gravy. Salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1 steak

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1813Total Fat: 145gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 119gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 1668mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 50g

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Scott Adams

Thursday 9th of May 2024

Hello Friend. I grew up on fried beef cube steak. When I was in Publix I saw a pack of cubed pork chops. I looked up a recipe and yours was the one I found. I'll tell you what, it was a hit! One of the best pork recipes I've ever had. The coating when fried properly is nice and thick and crunchy and delicious. I served it to myself and two guests and we all just could not get over what a great recipe this was. I am making this recipe tonight with cubed beef steak. It's got to be good because the coding is the best I've ever had thank you so much. One thing I would tell your followers use a thermometer on the oil and get it to the right temperature!

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Thursday 9th of May 2024

Hi Scott! Thank you SO much for sharing this with us! We are so glad you like this recipe. Funny, true, story...today in the Market I walked by the pork and thought..."I need to make that Cubed Pork Chop recipe! It's so good and it's been way toooooo long!" Then I pop on here and see your wonderfully kind review! Great tip about the oil temp! It's crucial for a good outcome! Hope you'll visit again soon and enjoy dinner! Norine

Cate Groves

Thursday 7th of March 2024

Just like my mom used to make!! Great recipe!

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Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Hi Cate! I can't think of a better compliment than that! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with me! I sincerely appreciate it. Have a great week! Norine

Heather

Monday 22nd of January 2024

This was really good. I want sure what to do with the cubed pork, and ran across this recipe. I will definitely make it again like this. The crust was so crispy!!!

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Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

Hi Heather! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. It's a family favorite at this nest with cubed pork! Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us. Come back soon! Norine

Lynda Thomas

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Did you mean for the pork to soak in the buttermilk/hot sauce/egg mix for a few minutes as a "soak" - prior to dredging in flour? It really is a tenderizer that way. FABULOUS recipe!!!

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Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Hi Lynda! You can do that for sure! I'm always running behind and trying to get dinner done quickly...so my chops soak about as long as I do. LOL I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Have a great week. Norine

Carol Swanson

Saturday 14th of August 2021

This was sooooo gooood! The buttermilk soak is surely the secret to tender cubed steaks. My husband and I both enjoyed these with the gravy and mashed potatoes. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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