Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pork Schnitzel

Pork Schnitzel

Not big meat eaters at our house...this lightly crusted thin cutlet is a good accompaniment to a salad alone. Add a potato dish (as shown..Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - recipe to follow) and you are set for a more hearty meal.


6 boneless pork cutlets (the thinner the better)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons milk

1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon paprika


Pound the pork cutlets to 1/4-1/8 inch thickness (the thinner the better), then cut a couple of small slits around the edges of the cutlets with a sharp knife to prevent curling when cooking.

Mix flour, seasoned salt and pepper on a large plate. Combine the egg and milk in a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs and paprika on a large plate. Dredge the cutlets in the seasoned flour, then dip the cutlets in the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs and paprika mixture.

Place breaded cutlets on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for several hours. (Keep in fridge for at least an hour...this is the secret to making a great schnitzel. It gives the breading time to bind and ensures a nice, even and crispy coating).

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Saute the cutlets for 6-8 minutes on each side or until coating is nicely golden. Make sure cutlets have enough room to lay flat. Do not pierce the cutlets with a fork which will allow oil to seep inside the breading. (Note: pan fried gently in butter is even yummier...but watch those 'fats')

Remove the cutlets from the frying pan and place on a heated platter to keep warm until serving.


  1. hmm, i am having company for supper tonight and this will do just nicely.

  2. No company here tonight that I know of but this will be tried here soon! Wonderful presentation Trish..

  3. Schnitzel is one of our favorites! I haven't refrigerated it after breading it so, thanks for the tip.

  4. This looks very inviting...I will make pork schnitzel one of these days.

  5. for using less oil or butter you can also bake this in the oven and just drissel a little olive oil over the top . if you find it is not crispy enough after it is cooked through , you may need to broil it a lit bit on both sides to make it more crispy like pan fried but watch it so it does not burn .

  6. can this be made ahead and reheated in the oven?

    1. I would suggest to prepare with breading and refrigerate then prepare half an hour ahead and keep warm on low, covered with foil. Completely cooling and re-heating may dry it out. We have used the cold schnitzel for sandwiches but not tried re-heating. So you can always try it.