What is chislic, you ask?
Ask any South Dakotan, and they’ll answer with pride.
Chislic is seasoned and deep fried meat that’s cut into bite-sized pieces.
While chislic can be made with lamb or venison, in my experience, beef is the most common meat used.
Chislic is on the appetizer menus of many South Dakota bars and grills.
Every place seems to have its own spin on this dish – but I’ve never met a chislic I didn’t love.
How To Make Chislic
Making chislic at home is super easy. Here’s the process, in a nutshell:
- Cut up (or cube) meat into bite-sized pieces
- Marinate for at least an hour – but preferably several hours
- Deep fry meat
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (optional)
- Serve with dipping sauce and saltine crackers
While there are many ways to season chislic, I like to keep it simple with a few pantry-staple seasonings like garlic powder, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce.
What Kind Of Beef To Use
While technically, any kind of steak will do, the better the cut, the better the final dish.
I used sirloin tip. Use sirlion, ribeye, tri-tip, tenderloin or another favorite cut.
Keto And Paleo Diets
A few simple substitutions make this recipe paleo and keto-friendly:
- Serve without saltine crackers on the side
- Omit sugar from the dipping sauce
- Consider pan frying in coconut oil instead of deep frying in canola oil
More South Dakota Recipes!
Although I technically grew up in Minnesota, South Dakota probably had a bigger influence on me. I grew up one mile from the border and attended church there. We did most of our errand-running in Brookings and Sioux Falls.
I love South Dakota, including these much-loved, South-Dakota approved recipes:
- Pickle roll-ups
- Three-bean potluck hotdish
- Cheesy tomato SPAM-wiches
- Rhubarb-custard cake
- 30+ hotdish recipes
- 1 lb. top sirloin or other steak (see recommendations above)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- Canola oil, for deep frying
- Dried Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Crushed red pepper (optional)
- Green onion, chopped (optional)
- Saltine crackers, for serving
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Cut steak into bite-sized pieces or cubes.
- Place in a bowl and add Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. Mix to ensure meat pieces are evenly coated. Allow to marinate for several hours, or overnight.
- Pour in about an inch of cooking oil into a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Turn on heat to high and allow the oil to heat up for about 3 minutes (to 375F). To test the temperature, take one piece of beef and dip it in the hot oil. If it sizzles right away, the oil is hot enough.
- Fry 4 pieces of beef at a time for about one minute, until medium-rare.
- Remove beef from oil with a slotted spoon, and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
- Continue frying all of the meat.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and sliced green onion (optional).
- Serve with dipping sauce (mix all sauce ingredients together) and saltine crackers on the side.