Pork Schnitzel Recipe

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe and it’s perfect for busy weeknights. The pork chops are pounded into thin, tender cutlets which are breaded and sautéed, resulting in a crispy crust and juicy center. You must, must, must serve these with lemon wedges. A squeeze of lemon juice adds a freshness and tang that is lip-smaking good!

Pork schnitzel is known to the Slavic world as “otbivni” (meaning: pounded). We also have a chicken version posted here. Good news! This is a kid-friendly food. The children in our family love them and call them “giant chicken nuggets.” Enjoy!

Ingredients for Pork Schnitzel:

2 lbs boneless pork chops
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp garlic salt (or sub with equal parts salt and garlic powder)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
3 large eggs
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Olive oil, canola oil or any high heat cooking oil to saute
Lemon wedges to serve (don’t skip the lemons!)

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

How to Make Pork Schnitzel:

1. Trim pork chops of fat and slice into 1/2″-thick cutlets (I used 3 large Costco-sized pork chops and after slicing ended up with 9 pieces). Line a cutting board with plastic wrap, place cutlets in a single layer on cutting board and cover with plastic wrap (this prevents splatter). Pound cutlets with a meat mallet or the back of a heavy saucepan, until 1/4″ to 1/8″ thick.

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

2. Set up three bowls. In the first combine 1/3 cup flour, 1 Tbsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp pepper. In the second, use a fork to beat 3 eggs. In the third bowl, add 2 cups panko crumbs.

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

3. Dredge both sides of each pounded cutlet in flour then dip in beaten egg letting excess egg drip back into the bowl before breading in panko crumbs. It helps to use a fork for the dipping process to keep your hands clean. Repeat with remaining cutlets.

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

4. Once all cutlets are breaded, heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once oil is hot, add breaded cutlets a few at a time and sauté 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Reduce heat if cutlets are browning too quickly. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Cut into one to double check doneness – juices should run clear. Serve right away with lemon wedges, or ranch for the children ;).

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

Pork Schnitzel Recipe

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The pork chops are pounded into thin, tender cutlets which are breaded and sautéed, resulting in a crispy crust and juicy center. Definitely serve with lemon wedges.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $7-$10
Serving: 4 to 6 as a main course

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless pork chops, trimmed and sliced into ½" thick cutlets
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp garlic salt (or sub with equal parts salt and garlic powder)
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Olive oil, canola oil or any high heat cooking oil to sauté
  • Lemon wedges to serve (don't skip the lemons!)

Instructions

  1. Line a cutting board with plastic wrap, place cutlets in a single layer on cutting board and cover with plastic wrap (this prevents splatter). Pound cutlets with a meat mallet or the back of a heavy saucepan, until ¼" to ⅛" thick.
  2. Set up three bowls. In the first combine ⅓ cup flour, 1 Tbsp garlic salt, ½ tsp paprika and ½ tsp pepper. In the second, use a fork to beat 3 eggs. In the third bowl, add 2 cups panko crumbs.
  3. Dredge both sides of each pounded cutlet in flour then dip in beaten egg letting excess egg drip back into the bowl before breading in panko crumbs. It helps to use a fork for the dipping process to keep your hands clean. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
  4. Once all cutlets are breaded, heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once oil is hot, add breaded cutlets a few at a time and sauté 3-4 min per side or until cooked through. Reduce heat if browning too quickly. Remove to paper towel lined plate. Cut into one to check doneness - juices should run clear. Serve with lemon wedges, or ranch for children.

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German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

German pork schnitzel is an easy recipe, kid friendly and perfect for busy weeknights! Pork schnitzels are pork chops with a crispy crust and juicy center.

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  • Audra Carpini
    August 17, 2017

    Hello, I recently discovered your web page. while trying to look for new things to make. I have a house full of boys and they are tired of the same boring things. I have tried a few of your recipes and they have been a hit at my house. You have been a life saver lately. I have a house full of happy guys!! your recipes are simple and flavorful.
    Thank you so very much,
    Kind Regards,
    Audra Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 17, 2017

      Hello Audra! I’m so happy to hear how much you and your family of boys love the recipes! Thanks for following and sharing your thoughtful, encouraging comments! Reply

  • Andrea
    April 25, 2017

    Would trying this with regular bread crumbs work? or does the panko bread crumbs make a difference? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 25, 2017

      Hi Andrea, I think the panko bread crumbs give these the most crunch because they are larger flakes, but you could definitely substitute with regular bread crumbs if that is what you have on hand. Reply

  • Olga
    April 19, 2017

    Hi,Natasha.
    Can I reheat them? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2017

      Olga, yes I would reheat them on the skillet to get the exterior crispy again. Reply

  • Teresa
    February 20, 2017

    My son had pulled out pork chops, and I wasn’t real thrilled about making them for dinner (I don’t really care for them). However, I remembered printing out this recipe, so he made dinner while I did dishes. The schnitzel was amazing! We have tried a few of your recipes and they always end up in the “make these again” recipe book. I love the fact that we usually have most ingredients on hand (although, I did go out and buy the lemon for this one). Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 20, 2017

      That’s fantastic! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy the recipe Teresa! 🙂 Reply

  • Alena
    February 18, 2017

    I made it last night and it was very good! When I bought the pork chops at the local butcher shop, they put the chops through a meat tenderizer. They came out so tender! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2017

      Awesome! I’m glad they turned out so good Alena! Reply

  • Lisa
    January 16, 2017

    I made these last night, they were such a hit!. We are a young family and I’m just learning to cook. Since following your recipes my family has loooooved my cooking, they don’t want to dine out and eat. This is a definite keeper recipe amongst others :)) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2017

      This is so nice to hear Lisa! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂 Reply

  • Sue
    December 1, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe! It was so delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 1, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    natashaskitchen
    November 8, 2016

    It really adds wonderful flavor and brightens/freshens up the schnitzel. I think it’s wonderful and a must try if you haven’t :), but to each his own I guess 😉 Reply

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