In the heart of the South, where the tradition of fried foods runs deep and the love for hearty meals knows no bounds, Sarah, a devoted keto practitioner and a culinary enthusiast, found herself longing for the comfort of her grandmother’s classic Southern chicken fried steak. However, her commitment to maintaining a ketogenic lifestyle presented a challenge: how to recreate this beloved dish without the high-carb flour and heavy gravy that were its hallmarks?
Determined not to let her dietary preferences stand in the way of enjoying a cherished family recipe, Sarah set out to innovate. She meticulously experimented with various low-carb alternatives, finally settling on almond meal for the breading and coconut oil for frying, ensuring the steak would have the crispy, golden exterior and tender interior that were essential to the dish’s allure.
For the gravy, traditionally thickened with flour, Sarah ingeniously used chicken stock, carefully reduced to achieve the desired consistency without compromising her keto guidelines. The addition of garlic powder, onion powder, hot paprika, and a hint of red pepper to the almond meal brought a bold and satisfying depth of flavor, paying homage to the dish’s Southern roots while aligning with her nutritional needs.
Sarah’s “Completely Keto Southern Chicken Fried Steak” became an instant sensation among her friends and family, proving that with a bit of creativity and determination, even the most traditional dishes could be adapted to fit a ketogenic lifestyle. Her success not only allowed her to indulge in the flavors of her childhood but also inspired a wave of culinary innovation within her community, demonstrating that the essence of comfort food could be preserved and enjoyed, no matter the dietary restrictions.
Completely Keto Chicken Fried Steak
In the South, everything is fried: Okra, Green Tomatoes, even Pickles
- 4 steaks thinly cut
- 1 cup almond meal (you won't use it all)
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp hot paprika
- 1/2 tsp red pepper
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups chicken stock warmed
Add eggs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, and pepper
dip steaks in egg mixture then coat with almond meal
fry steaks on both sides in coconut oil for 2 minutes each
add chicken stock and cook until done.
Some people prefer the fried steaks be served dry and then topped with the chicken stock as a gravy.