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This Authentic German Schnitzel Recipe has been passed down for generations. Use this same method for pork schnitzel, veal schnitzel (weiner schnitzel), or chicken schnitzel. 

Schnitzel, spaetzle, and german potato salad on a white plate topped with lemon and minced parsley.

Schnitzel is a traditional German dish where meat is pounded out thin, breaded, and fried. The breading is very simple, but creates a wonderfully crunch shell around the meat. Schnitzel is best enjoyed fresh and hot from the pan.

What kind of meat is used for schnitzel?

Schnitzel is always made from a boneless cut of meat. For weiner schnitzel, use boneless veal chops. For pork schnitzel, use boneless pork chops. And for a chicken schnitzel (less common), use boneless skinless chicken breasts.

How do you make a chicken schnitzel?

Chicken schnitzel is less common than its traditional veal and pork counterparts, but can still be used nonetheless. Chicken schnitzel is made in the same way. Pound the chicken out thin, about 1/4 inch thick, and bread and coat the meat. It is then fried until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, which may requires a slightly longer frying time.

Schnitzel on a white plate topped with a sliced lemon and minced parsley.

What sauce goes well with schnitzel?

Schnitzel is often eaten plain with just a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice, but can also be served with a sauce. One of the most common sauces is a creamy mushroom gravy. To make, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add in 8 ounces sliced mushrooms and saute 3 to 5 minutes over medium high heat until mushrooms are soft. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour until white specks disappear. Pour in 2 cups chicken broth and bring to a simmer to thicken. Remove from heat and serve.

What sides goes well with schnitzel?

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Schnitzel, spaetzle, and german potato salad on a white plate topped with lemon and minced parsley.
Granny’s German Schnitzel Recipe has been passed down for generations. Use this same method for pork schnitzel, veal schnitzel (weiner schnitzel), or chicken schnitzel.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork or veal chops
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  • Trim meat of any unwanted fat (if desired). Lay the pork or veal chops out on a countertop between two layers of plastic wrap. Pound out chops until 1/4 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread flour out into a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, whisk eggs together with lemon juice. In a third shallow dish, spread out bread crumbs.
  • Pour about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil into a large deep skillet. Bring oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Dredge chops into flour to coat, then immediately dip into eggs to coat, followed by bread crumbs to coat.
  • Place chops into the hot oil and fry 3 to 4 minutes. Work in batches if needed based on size of pan. Chops shouldn’t be crowded.
  • Gently flip over and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes on the other side until chop reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 F and is browned and crisp.
  • Serve hot with lemon slices.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 1003mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Schnitzel
Schnitzel, spaetzle, and german potato salad on a white plate topped with lemon and minced parsley.
Granny's German Schnitzel Recipe has been passed down for generations. Use this same method for pork schnitzel, veal schnitzel (weiner schnitzel), or chicken schnitzel.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork or veal chops
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  • Trim meat of any unwanted fat (if desired). Lay the pork or veal chops out on a countertop between two layers of plastic wrap. Pound out chops until 1/4 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread flour out into a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, whisk eggs together with lemon juice. In a third shallow dish, spread out bread crumbs.
  • Pour about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil into a large deep skillet. Bring oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Dredge chops into flour to coat, then immediately dip into eggs to coat, followed by bread crumbs to coat.
  • Place chops into the hot oil and fry 3 to 4 minutes. Work in batches if needed based on size of pan. Chops shouldn't be crowded.
  • Gently flip over and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes on the other side until chop reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 F and is browned and crisp.
  • Serve hot with lemon slices.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 1003mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Schnitzel
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