Gluten Free Country Fried Steak From Scratch

gluten free country fried steak frying in a cast iron skillet
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

December 16, 2021

Gluten free country fried steak. A classic dish with a crispy gluten free crust that won’t disappoint!

Memories

Country fried steak evokes wonderful memories of thankfulness for my mother. You see, my mother became part of my life when I was four years old. Despite her own trauma, she did her best to love and care for every one of my brothers and sisters. During the holidays, I embrace memories of my mother while also looking forward to making new memories. I feel thankful for my mother’s cooking lessons. I am even more thankful my parents taught me honesty, hard work, compassion, and self-acceptance. But what does all this have to do with gluten free country fried steak?

To start, I was one of those children who enjoyed all types of work: cooking, baking, gardening, mowing, caring for the animals, etc. Even washing dishes was fun because my mom hung out with me. As the youngest of five older siblings, any time with my parents was treasured even if that time meant work.

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Thankfulness

When I was in sixth grade, my mother almost went to heaven. She spent over six months in the hospital recovering from open heart surgery. Sadly, too many people all over the world have had similar experiences. If this describes you, I encourage you to share your story. Thankfully, it was not time for my mother to go to heaven. She is my miracle. Although she is in heaven today, thankfulness helps me through the holidays.

Stick with me, the country fried steak connection is coming.

While mom was in the hospital, my father realized that not one of us four kids knew how to cook. I remember my older sister and I cooking what we thought was an easy dish, spaghetti. However, those darn noodles stuck together. To this day, I remember the incredible look on my father’s face. Then, lots of laughter. Then, he shared that during the war he fixed airplanes and food. Wow! He taught us how to make spaghetti.

Thankfulness Mother is Home

When my mother came home from the hospital, she and my father had a plan. Within the first hour of being home, my parents called a meeting. Mom immediately announced she would teach us to cook from her bed or couch.

Can you guess what she wanted to eat the very next night?

Yes, country fried steak. I remember feelings of astonishment when she called me into the kitchen at 3:00 in the afternoon. We made mouth-watering country fried steak, gravy from scratch, and mashed potatoes. Later, my father taught me to cook mushrooms and onions in butter. To this day I love to top steak, country fried steak, hamburgers, and mashed potatoes with mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter. Thus, country fried steak evokes memories of both my mother and father.

Thankfully, my father’s rule was that whoever cooked was excused from clean-up. Ironically, everybody pitched in to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and put food away. My siblings loved the fact that I cleaned up as I cooked. They thought they got the better end of the deal. I disagree because I spent countless hours getting to know my mother. All those happy memories are why I enjoy experimenting with recipes.

Gluten Free Country Fried Steak Ingredients:

  • Beef cubed steak
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt for soaking
  • 2 teaspoons of rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of thyme
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/2-1 cup of high heat cooking oil like sunflower oil

Best Gluten Free Flour for Frying

The only gluten free flour that has consistently stayed on my fried meats is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour. It consists of garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, fava bean flour, tapioca flour, and white sorghum flour. Even better, bean-based flours have 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber which is helpful for keeping my blood sugar stable. If you know of another nutritious gluten free frying flour, please share in the comments!

Organic High-Heat Oil for Frying

I just began using high-heat oils for frying. Surprisingly, the oil stayed clear. In the past, the oil looked cloudy and soaked into the flour and meat. When I used Sun Coco Oil for high heat cooking, I never had to add more oil. Wow! When the meat finished cooking, very little oil ended up on the paper towels. Best of all, there was a delicious texture. Why did I wait so long?

Until I wrote this post, I did not know the meaning behind the words, expeller pressed or cold-pressed. I now know it means that oils are extracted without chemical solvents.

By using organic oils for high heat frying, organic oils, you avoid chemical solvents. High heat organic oils are:

  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Peanut Oil

Learn more about which oils are best for salads, sauteing, baking, and frying.

Danger of Letting Oil Smoke

Oh my, one of the dangers of using oil after it smokes is cancer. Oil that smokes begins to change from an oil with healthy substances to an oil with cancer-causing substances. Thus, start heating your oil at a low temperature. Over time, you will learn the perfect temperatures for cooking with oil on your stove.

When you need to increase the temperature, do so by very small increments. For example, increase the temperature from 4 to 4 ½. Then wait a minute or two and test your oil by seeing if a fleck of flour sizzles.

Gluten Free Country Fried Steak Directions:

Prepare the Meat

For this gluten free country fried steak recipe, you use a beef cubed steak.

Beef cubed steak in its package from Kroger's

Measure out a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar.

glass measuring cup with a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar sitting next to the apple cider vinegar bottle on the countertop.

Pour the vinegar into a metal or glass bowl filled halfway with water.

Glass measuring cup of apple cider vinegar being poured into a metal bowl with water in the sink.

Measure out a 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

a half teaspoon of pink salt sitting on the countertop

Pour the 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the bowl of water and apple cider vinegar. Set the bowl aside.

A hand holding a half teaspoon of pink salt above a metal bowl of water in the sink.

Rinse the meat under cold water in the sink. Then, put the meat in the bowl with the salt, water, and apple cider vinegar. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the meat to soak for around 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Soaking the meat in vinegar and salt kills bacteria.

beef cubed steak soaking in a metal bowl covered with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap box is sitting in front of the bowl.
metal bowl of meat soaking sitting in the fridge.

Prepare the Spice Rub and Breading

In a separate bowl, combine the following spices: 2 teaspoons of rosemary, 2 teaspoons of thyme, 2 teaspoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

Mix all the seasonings together to make a spice rub for the meat. Any leftover seasoning can be used to flavor gravy.

Gluten free country fried steak spice rub seasonings all mixed together in a small white bowl

Measure out 1/2 cup of Bob Red Mill’s All-Purpose Baking Flour onto a large plate.

half cup of gluten free all-purpose baking flour sitting on a white plate. The flour bag is also sitting on the plate. There is flour on the plate around the bag and measuring cup.

Add half of the spice rub to the flour on the plate and mix it together. Save the other half of the spice rub for the meat.

hand dumping a spoonful of the gluten free country fried steak spice rub into the flour on a white plate.

Season and Bread the Gluten Free Country Fried Steak

When you are ready to cook, open the refrigerator and get the bowl of meat that has been soaking. Uncover the bowl.

on the left is an image of a stainless steal fridge with the doors closed. On the right is an image of the gluten free country fried steak in the metal bowl soaking. The plastic wrap is half pulled off and the bowl is sitting in the sink.

Drain the water from the bowl into the sink. Be careful to keep the meat in the bowl.

Liquid is being drained out of the bowl into the sink. The meat is still in the bowl.

Pour half of the remaining spice rub on one side of the meat.

A spoonful of the gluten free country fried steak spice rub is being dumped on the beef cubed steak in the metal bowl.

Rub the spices into the meat.

Hand is using two fingers to rub the spices into the beef cubed steak.

Put the meat spice rub side down onto the plate of flour.

Beef cubed steak is being placed spice rub side down onto a white plate with the flour mixture on it.

Pour the rest of the spice rub on the other side and rub it into the meat.

A spoonful of the gluten free country fried steak spice rub is being poured on the beef cubed steak sitting in the flour on a white plate.

Flip the meat over to coat the whole steak with flour. Pat it into the meat.

Breaded gluten free country fried steak being held above the white plate with flour on it.

Continue to flip and pat the flour into the meat until it will not stick to the steak anymore.

hand patting the flour into the beef cubed steak for gluten free country fried steak.

Place the flour covered meat on a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap.

two breaded beef cubed steaks sitting on a cookie sheet with plastic wrap overtop

Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator.

closed stainless steal fridge

Preheat the Oil to Fry the Gluten Free Country Fried Steak

Measure out 1/2 cup to 1 cup of high-heat cooking oil.

Half cup of sunCoco oil in a glass measuring cup sitting on a black glass stovetop. The bottle of oil is sitting behind the measuring cup.

Pour the oil into a cast iron skillet.

Oil being poured into a cast iron pan.

Turn the burner to medium-low. For my stovetop, I put the burner on #3.

burner temperature set to #3

Allow the oil to heat up. Test to see if it is ready by dropping a small piece of floured meat into the pan. If the meat sizzles, the oil is ready to fry. If it does not, wait another minute or two for the meat to begin to sizzle.

small piece of gluten free country fried steak sizzling in the preheated cast iron pan.

Fry the Gluten Free Country Fried Steak

Cook the country fried steak for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. You should be able to see the steak begin to brown on the edges. This is when you should flip it over. If you want a crispier crust, simply flip it again and allow it to continue cooking, but check it often! The temperature of the meat should be between 155 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit when done. (170-175 Celsius)

Line a plate with a paper to soak up any residual oil on the crust. Serving the country fried steak on a plate with a paper towel helps prevent condensation from building up. If condensation occurs, the crust becomes soggy.

Printable Recipe Card for Gluten Free Country Fried Steak

gluten free country fried steak recipe card

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Please share the Holiday Ornament Hunt with others. More activities are available for family fun in our Moore Auditory Observation Activities Booklet and Visual Observation Activities Booklet. Each activity helps you learn more about your loved one’s auditory and visual needs. If you have any questions, schedule a free phone consultation. When visual or auditory processing concerns are found, I encourage you to complete a Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire and then share your report in an email to me at auditoryvisualprotocols@outlook.com.

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