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Pork Schnitzel
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Pork Schnitzel (Schweineschnitzel)

Pork Schnitzel or Schweineschnitzel is a quick and easy recipe to prepare for those busy days where you want an amazing dish. Thin pieces of pork tenderloin are breaded and fried to perfection.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 32 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 490kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 1 pound (16-ounces) pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and fat (See Tip 1)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup dried plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup peanut oil (See Tip 2)
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)
  • Minced fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Butterfly the pork tenderloin, making sure that you don't cut all the way through. Place between two pieces of plastic wrap; pound to a thickness of ¼-inch. Cut into serving size pieces.
  • Combine flour, salt, and pepper in Ziploc bag. Whisk together milk and egg in a flat dish. Add breadcrumbs to another flat dish. Bread the pork as follows: (1) coat pork in flour; (2) dip in milk/egg mixture; (3) coat again in flour; (4) dip again in milk/egg mixture; and (5) coat in breadcrumbs. Place in single layers on wax paper lined plate. Refrigerate for at least an hour. (See Tip 3)
  • Heat about ½-cup of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add single layer of pork; cook until golden brown on both sides, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining pork. Yield: 4 servings.


  1. May also use pork loin in this recipe. However, it won't be quite as tender as the pork tenderloin.
  2. I like to use peanut oil in this recipe, but vegetable oil or canola oil will also work. I wouldn't however use olive oil.
  3. This recipe can be prepared in advance for several hours up to the point of breading the pork and placing it in the refrigerator. 


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1971mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3mg