Vegetarian Chicken-Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Vegetarian Chicken-fried Steak With Mushroom Gravy Recipe

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April McIver


This started out as a way to use up leftover brown rice. I was expecting something edible but not remarkable, and was oh so pleasantly surprised to find this delicious! I topped the patties with stewed mushrooms in a creamy mushroom gravy with a hint of garlic. I was expecting something stroganoff flavored from the sauce, but it tastes just like chicken fried steak – only without the chewy, gristly steak.

I should have taken a picture of this, but unfortunately I didn’t since I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. Maybe next time! I served it with sides of glazed butternut squash and steamed broccoli.

★★★★★ 2 votes


1 1/2 c
cooked brown rice
1/2 c
finely chopped walnuts
green onions, minced, green and white parts
1 large
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
italian seasoning
1/8 c
dried bread crumbs
3 Tbsp
vegetable oil, for frying


1/2 pkg
mushrooms, diced
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp
1/2 c
1/8 c
1 Tbsp
parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Vegetarian Chicken-Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy


  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Heat butter over medium low in a saucepan. Add mushrooms and garlic. The mushrooms will begin to release water – if they look dry, add water. You want them in around an inch of water as they cook, not completely covered. They will shrink.
  • 2While that cooks, use a food processor to coarsely grind up rice and walnuts. You want some texture to remain, not a paste! Pieces like the size of the chopped peanuts you’d get for ice cream topping or a bit smaller are good.
  • 3Pour enough oil into a heavy skillet to shallowly cover the bottom. Begin to heat over medium.
  • 4Combine rice, walnuts, green onion, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning in a large bowl.
  • 5Form the mixture into 6 balls. Roll each ball in bread crumbs to coat, flattening as you go like a burger patty.
  • 6Fry the patties in oil just to brown them, then transfer to a cookie sheet. When they’re all browned, bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
  • 7Occasionally stir mushrooms while they cook. When they’ve cooked down, use a slotted spoon to remove mushrooms and set aside. Add water to the broth if necessary to make about 2/3 cup total liquid. In a jar with a lid, combine flour and milk. Shake to combine until no lumps remain (or stir together well, but the jar method seems to remove lumps easier).
  • 8Bring the mushroom broth to a simmer, then slowly stir in milk/flour mixture. Add parmesan cheese. Cook and stir, being sure to scrape the bottom, until mixture thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 9To serve, top each rice patty with some mushrooms and pour mushroom gravy over it.

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About Vegetarian Chicken-Fried Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy