Pork Schnitzel Recipe

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.

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:

Pork Schnitzel Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$10
Servings: 4 to 6 as a main course

Ingredients

  • 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

  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 1/4" to 1/8" thick.
  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.
  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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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.

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  • Dennis
    September 9, 2018

    Can you make them in advance then store in refridgerator for later? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2018

      Hi Dennis! That is a great question, thank you for reaching out! Yes, I would store in the refrigerator and reheat them on the skillet to get the exterior crispy again. Reply

  • Judith Kaiser
    May 17, 2018

    Dear Natasha! I am going to try the pork schnitzels tonight, they look amazing. Bought thin cut very thin pork chops. I just realized that I only have Italian style Panko, is this ok to use? Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 17, 2018

      HI Judith, Italian style will have some more seasonings in it but should still work great in this recipe. Reply

  • Ernie
    March 18, 2018

    The schnitzel turned out scrumptious! We cooked enough for 6 & between 4 of us we ate everything except the 2 smallest schnitzels. Another gold star recipe. Thanks so much. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2018

      You’re welcome Ernie! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Ernie
    March 17, 2018

    ***we have all the ingredients measured out & ready to go. Having a friend over for supper, I know he likes schnitzels, hopefully these will be as tasty as they look in the picture. Roasting red potatoes, carrots, mushrooms & Brussel sprouts to go with them. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 17, 2018

      Yum, that sounds like a delicious dinner Ernie! Please let me know what everyone thinks of the schnitzel! Reply

  • jenn echea
    March 5, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Your recipes are so easy and quick to make. Love the videos too. Quick question…is there a sauce that you would recommend with the pork schnitzel? And what sides do you prepare with this?
    Thanks, Jenn Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 5, 2018

      Hi Jenn, anytime I serve a meat that is fried, I try to stick with a fresh salad like a green salad or any of the cucumber salads that we have. These go well with mashed potatoes also 🙂 Reply

    • Ashly Greer
      March 15, 2018

      This came out excellent! My husband was a huge fan as well as myself. I did up the spices in the flour mixture and was super happy with the result. Cannot believe how yummy it was with the fresh lemon squeezed over it! I served it with asparagus and rice but I can see this going really well with a whole lot of other options. Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        March 15, 2018

        I’m glad you and your husband love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Ashly! Reply

  • Christina Seward
    January 7, 2018

    Beautiful Schnitzel. I just made my own recipe of pork schnitzel tonight, and was going to put it on my brand new blog (it will be my 4th recipe) but I didn’t remember to measure my Panko and flour! I always just use “more than enough.” So here I am looking at similar recipes online to try to make a guess. Yours looks fantastic! I can’t wait to start following and checking out your other recipes! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 7, 2018

      Thank you Christina! This recipe is very popular for good reason. Thanks for following and please let me know what you think of the recipes! Reply

  • 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

  • Tzivia
    November 8, 2016

    Tried this recipe tonight Natasha except with veal since I cannot eat pork for religious reasons only thing was in had only 1 veal chop so I got very creative and divided it into pieces and it came out really yummm and super delish my mom left me one that’s how good they were skipped the lemon part next time when we shop for a stack of veal chops will use the lemon thanx so much for really great yummy recipe props and cheers Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 8, 2016

      Tzivia, great job improvising the recipe and thank you for another great review 😄. Reply

  • September 5, 2016

    Could you bake this instead of frying it? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2016

      Hi Ashley, I haven’ tried it that way so I can’t say for sure if it would work without drying out the pork. I would definitely spray or drizzle the schnitzels with oil before baking and bake at a higher temp (like 400 for roughly 15 minutes or so), but again, I haven’t tested it this way so it’s just a rough estimate. Reply

      • Marylee Tilla
        November 4, 2016

        They do not dry out and if you cook them in the oven you loss all the tradition of real Weiner Schnitzel ….if your goal is a “healthier’ meal fix something else…these need to be quick pan fried…. Try it you’ll like it !!! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 4, 2016

          I sure do love them pan fried as well. Thanks for your input! 🙂 Reply

  • Veronica
    August 24, 2016

    Speaking of German foods. I fell in love with spaetzle! I’m sure you have a great recipe or at least some tips? Thank you, I am a new fan of your recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 24, 2016

      Hi Veronica, I actually haven’t tried that before but now I’m so curious! 🙂 Reply

  • irina
    April 11, 2016

    Natasha, thank you for the great simple recipe that made several bellies very happy today! I’m also thinking to try with chicken next time. Reply

  • March 2, 2016

    I really want to try your recipe, Natasha. I was never a huge schnitzel fan but on our last trip to Berlin I fell in love. We were recommended a restaurant by a food blogger who lives there and our schintzels came with a side of potato salad…all of these things sound quite plain but there were far from it. One of the most memorable meals of our lives. I am on a hunt for a recipe to bring back the memories. Gotta gives yours a go! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2016

      Thanks Julia! I hope it brings back sweet memories for you. 🙂 Reply

    • Natalia
      April 15, 2016

      Could you please tell me the name of that restaurant? Greetings 🙂 Reply

  • Cindy M.
    February 24, 2016

    Oh Mama…er….Natasha…😁 Made this tonight for dinner and it is a definite keeper! I agree, the fresh lemon is a must! I have a goal for the year, that I got from Mavis Butterfield ($100 A Month blog) and am trying to make 52 new recipes this year. I am journaling the recipes and recording ‘yay’ or ‘nay’-you guessed it, this recipe is a resounding YAY!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 24, 2016

      Awww that’s the best Cindy! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I hope you’ll find more “yay” recipes here 😀 Reply

  • vivian
    February 23, 2016

    I made this tonight for my son and husband and they both really liked it. I hardly ever make the same recipe twice – there are so many to try and so little time – but my son said he wanted this again. I started talking about doing it with chicken next time, or adding some herbs, and he said “No, I mean just like this again.” I’ve been told! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 23, 2016

      That is the best when kids love what we Mom’s make. That’s so great! Reply

  • Tzivia
    February 21, 2016

    Wow mmmmm these look way good love how u always keep up to date with all your food recipes however I’m wondering what can be a really good substitute in place of the pork unfortunately @ a Jew I cannot eat pork btw gotta try ur poppy seed cake sometime Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 21, 2016

      Hi Tzivia, I have a type of chicken schnitzel posted here. I think it’s just as good! 🙂 https://natashaskitchen.com/2015/10/02/easy-chicken-strips-recipe-giant-chicken-nuggets/ You can use chicken using this same recipe as well. I hope you love it! 🙂 And the poppy seed cake is so good. I hope you do try it! Reply

      • Tzivia
        February 22, 2016

        Oh really cool gotta check it out video how tos bet ur super cool on camera poppy seed stuff is yummm so sometime that cake will be one of my to do projects Reply

  • February 20, 2016

    That’s the best looking Pork Schnitzel I’ve ever seen! I am definitely adding it to my recipe arsenal.
    Have a super Sunday, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 20, 2016

      Thank you! That is a huge compliment coming from a fellow food blogger. 🙂 Reply

  • Amy
    February 20, 2016

    Thank you for sharing! I lived in Germany for a while and thinking of schnitzel brings back such good memories. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 20, 2016

      You’re so welcome! We grew up eating this too, we just called it something different 🙂 I love how food brings back so many sweet memories 🙂 Reply

      • ed minturn
        February 21, 2016

        Wow this looks it would please just about anyone. I just discovered your web site and so far your dishes are all winners,
        I love iyour videos too. Your blooper ones
        really tickle my funny bone.Please keep it up. Thanks agaiin, Ed ps the Kale recipe
        is dong wonders for my health. : ) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 21, 2016

          Thank you Ed and I hope you’ll find many more new favorites here 😀. Reply

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