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.

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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You must, must, must serve these with lemon wedges. A squeeze of lemon juice adds a freshness and tang that is lip-smacking 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.

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Print-Friendly Pork Schnitzel Recipe:

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Pork Schnitzel Recipe

4.97 from 262 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
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.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 to 6 as a main course
  • 2 lbs boneless pork chops, trimmed and sliced into 1/2" thick cutlets
  • 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 sauté
  • Lemon wedges to serve, don't skip the lemons!

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Pork Schnitzel
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$

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Pork Schnitzel has been around for a long time for good reason. It’s so simple, flavorful and delicious. I hope this becomes a new favorite for you as well!

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.

Natasha Kravchuk

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  • Carrie Degan
    May 17, 2024

    I had 2 pork loin chops, boneless. Did a pre-prep. I seasoned the pork with s&p, dredged in flour containing everything you list plus Montreal chicken spice. I also seasoned from the heart, and followed through with 1 egg with a splash of water, then into bread crumbs…did not have Panko.Into the fridge, till closer to dinner time.
    I had left over hollandaise sauce ( made from a package) and squeezed a half of lemon into that along with Lemon pepper. While it was not my intent to change the recipe, I was trying to compensate for what I didnt have.
    This fried up beautifully, crispy outside, moist inside, served with butter noodles, and the sauce, of course.
    I cook for , just me, and delicious it was!
    Thank you for this inspiring recipe 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2024

      Thank you for your thoughtful review and comment, Carrie! I’m so happy you loved it.

      Reply

  • AnnDD
    April 24, 2024

    A new family favorite! YES Lemon! And for variety we enjoy this schnitzel preparation with pork or chicken.

    Reply

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