Did you know, outside of Idaho, many people have never tasted or even heard of our state's famous Idaho Finger Steaks? We think this local specialty is so good it deserves its own web page.
For those who have never tasted Idaho Finger Steaks, these are crunchy, breaded or batter-fried strips of whole beef served with a tangy sauce. If this conjures up images of chopped/formed steak fingers for kids, the Idaho version goes way beyond that. Here, finger steaks start with slices from a whole cut of tasty beef, seasoned, breaded/battered and then deep-fried. The dish has a long history in Idaho.
Since the finger steak is Idaho’s signature food, you can expect that every Idahoan has an opinion about the best place to find finger steaks. For some, that’s their mother’s kitchen but for others, it’s a favorite restaurant. Popular restaurants that are known for their own take on this dish include Lindy’s Steak House, Westside Drive In, Edge Brewing, and Jaker’s.
For many Idahoans, there’s no place like home when it comes to Finger Steaks. And when it comes to family recipes, there’s no right or wrong way to prepare these. Idahoans use a wide range of beef cuts, breading and batter alternatives, and serve them with a variety of sauces. As long as you start with a strip of beef, Idaho Finger Steaks can be whatever you want them to be. Local ranchers and others share their family recipes.
Idahoans, from kids to adults, are crazy about them and Idaho is known for them. Given finger steak's incredible versatility, these crowd favorites can be enjoyed as a regional American specialty or with some culinary inspiration, can be transformed into a globally inspired dish.