German Schnitzel Recipe – How To Make German Schnitzel – Traditional Schnitzel Recipe

Prep: 20 mins – Cook: 10 mins – Total: 30 mins


  • 4 serving-size pork loin chops, cut roughly ½ inch thick (roughly 1 – 1 1/2 lbs total)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • Peanut oil or vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1/2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 c plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • Lemon slices and fresh parsley (to serve)


  1. Lightly salt and pepper the pork cutlets. Place them between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them to 1/8 inch thick using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Set the cutlets aside.
  2. Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a medium sauté pan and add enough oil to fill the pan to 1/8 inch. Heat the oil and butter over high heat. Toss a little breading into the hot oil, if it crisps up nicely, but doesn’t burn, then you know your oil is ready.
  3. Place flour and breadcrumbs each in their own shallow dish. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow bowl.
  4. Dip a pounded cutlet in flour, covering it completely. 
  5. Then, dip the cutlet in the beaten eggs, moistening it entirely. Let any excess egg drain off. 
  6. Finally, dip the cutlet into the breadcrumbs, covering it completely, but not pressing the breadcrumbs into the cutlet. Let any excess breadcrumbs fall off.
  7. Immediately transfer the breaded cutlet to the hot oil. Fry the cutlet for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer the cutlets to a paper towel lined platter or wire rack.
  8. Repeat with another cutlet. 
  9. After 2 cutlets, add the remaining 2 Tbsp butter and additional oil if necessary. Heat your oil/butter and continue with the remaining cutlets. 
  10. To serve, garnish the hot schnitzel with lemon slices and parsley. Serve immediately with spätzel, fries, or German potato salad.

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