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.
Native Idahoan Christie Prescott shares this family recipe, handed down to her from her grandmother. She has fond memories of her grandmother teaching her how to make it and is passing along this tradition to the next generation.
Trish and Stan Dowton own and operate Dowton 3X Ranch, a cow-calf operation in the Pahsimeroi Valley of East Central Idaho. “There are lot of different ways to make finger steaks and no one way is right or wrong,” she says.
The best thing about Idaho finger steaks is how well they adapt to any cuisine, as demonstrated by this Hawaiian-inspired version. This recipe uses mochiko or rice flour, making it a gluten-free option. Ready to give it a try?