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Idaho Finger Steaks being served for dinner.

Idaho Finger Steaks

Growing up in the Northwest, Idaho Finger Steaks become the definition of comfort food when I was a child. Strips of sirloin steak are soaked in buttermilk, breaded and then fried. Almost impossible to find outside The Gem State, now you can make these in your very own kitchen!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword fried, steak
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Servings 4 people
Calories 758 kcal


  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning or Season Salt
  • 2-1/2 cup all purpose flour divided
  • 1-1/2 lbs beef sirloin steak cut into 1/4" strips
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • vegetable oil to fry


  1. Add egg, buttermilk, seasoning and 1/2 cup flour to a large bowl and mix well.

  2. Stir in steak and place into a resealable bag.

  3. Seal and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight to marinate.

  4. Once meat is done marinating, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and make room for it in your freezer.
  5. In a shallow bowl, combine remaining 2 cups flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well.
  6. Remove steak from refrigerator and ziploc bag. Dredge into flour mixture and place onto prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour or overnight.
  7. Heat oil until hot and fry meat in oil, working in batches, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towel and serve with dipping sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Idaho Finger Steaks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 758
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.