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Wiener Schnitzel

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Crispy golden schnitzel is quick and easy to make. Golden and crunchy on the outside, it’s tender and juicy on the inside. For appetizers, prepare cutlets as strips. Serve with a tangy dipping sauce. Make this recipe in 25 minutes!

Four pieces of schnitzel sprinkled with parsley on a white serving plate with lemon wedges.

WHAT IS SCHNITZEL?

Schnitzel is a traditional German and Austrian dish made with boneless meat that’s been pounded thin. It’s lightly breaded and fried in oil until delightfully crisp. In the U.S. we often call this dish breaded veal cutlets. It’s a menu staple at restaurants featuring home-style cooking and comfort food.

DINNER TIP: Pair schnitzel with POTATO SALAD, deli-style MACARONI SALAD, crisp COLESLAW or a healthy BROCCOLI SALAD.

Four pieces of wiener schnitzel on a white serving dish with garnishes of parsley and lemon.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHNITZEL AND WEINER SCHNITZEL

The word schnitzel means “a cutlet without bones.” This can apply to a variety of meats. However, it’s interesting to know that weiner schnitzel is the only type of schnitzel that’s made with veal. In Austria the term “weiner schnitzel” is actually protected by law! If this dish is listed on a restaurant menu, it must be made with veal.

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Veal cutlets freshly unwrapped on butcher paper ready for making wiener schnitzel.

CONFUSION ABOUT WEINER SCHNITZEL IN THE U.S.: In 1961, the American hot-dog chain Wienerschnitzel originated in California. The owner’s wife came up with the name while flipping through a cookbook. This chain is all about hot dogs and corn dogs. Weiner schnitzel is not even on the menu!


The origin of this schnitzel recipe: photo of the Amish farm in Pennsylvania.


INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING SCHNITZEL

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make weiner schnitzel!

  • Veal cutlets, pounded thin
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Large eggs
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil
  • Garnishes: Parsley and lemon

All the ingredients for making schnitzel from scratch.

WHAT IS VEAL?

Veal is a nutritious, nutrient-rich meat produced from the off-spring of dairy cows. The dairy cows give birth once a year in order to continue producing milk. The females are kept as milking cows. Males are sold to veal farmers to raise to a huge 500 pounds. What’s important to know is that these calves are in no way babies. Some calves even reach 550-600 pounds!

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Image of Amish Farm that's the farm-to-fork source of meat for schnitzel.


SCHNITZEL RECIPE

  • STEP 1: Crack eggs into a shallow bowl. Whisk well.
  • STEP 2: Measure out the breadcrumbs.
  • STEP 3: Mix flour and spices together.
  • STEP 4: Place breadcrumbs on one half of a baking tray. Transfer the flour/spice mixture to the other half of the tray.

Four images showing step-by-step instructions for making schnitzel.

WEINER SCHNITZEL RECIPE

PREP: Add vegetable oil to a heavyweight pan with sides. There should be just enough oil so that the cutlets can gently float as they cook. Place the pan over medium heat.

  • STEP 1: Work with one cutlet at a time. Fully coat all sides with flour.
  • STEP 2: Dip the floured meat into the whisked eggs. Make sure all sides are completely covered in egg.
  • STEP 3: Place the veal cutlet on the mound of breadcrumbs. Flip the cutlet back and forth in the crumbs until it’s well coated.
  • STEP 4: As soon as the oil is hot, add 2-3 cutlets to the pan. Each piece should have enough room to float independently in the oil without touching the others.

Four step-by-step recipe images for making schnitzel.

  • Allow the meat to cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side and 2-3 minutes on the second side.
  • If the cutlets are browning too fast, adjust the heat.
  • The schnitzel is done when it’s beautifully golden and crisp all over, and the internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads at least 145°F.
  • Transfer the cutlets to a plate lined with paper towels.

Three pieces of schnitzel being fried on the stovetop in a Staub universal pan.

EXPERT TIPS FOR BREADED VEAL CUTLETS

  • NO PANKO BREADCRUMBS? No problem! Create breadcrumbs with day-old bread without the crusts. Lightly toast the crumbs so that they’re crisp.
  • HOW TO POUND A VEAL CUTLET: When buying meat from a butcher, you can ask him/her to pound them out for you. When pounding them at home, work with one piece of meat at a time. Place the veal cutlet on a cutting board between pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Use a kitchen mallet, the bottom side of a heavy pan, or a rolling pin to flatten it out to 1/4 inches.

HOW TO SERVE SCHNITZEL

  • FRESH LEMON AND PARSLEY: Garnish each veal cutlet with a sprinkle or two of freshly-chopped parsley. Serve schnitzel with slices of juicy lemon on the side.
  • MUSHROOM GRAVY: If desired, you can prepare a delicious brown gravy with mushrooms and drizzle it over the top of each serving. If you’re in a hurry, use a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup!
  • SIDE DISHES: Serve veal cutlets with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or French fries.

Wiener schnitzel on a white plate that's garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.

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Schnitzel sprinkled with minced parsley, served on a round white plate with lemon wedges.

Weiner Schnitzel


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Total Time: 22 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

Schnitzel is beautifully golden and extra crunchy! It’s the ideal meal for busy families. To serve as an appetizer, prepare the cutlets as strips. Serve with a tangy dipping sauce. Make this easy recipe in 25 minutes or less!


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Ingredients

  • 4 veal cutlets (4 oz. per cutlet / 16 oz. total), pounded to a thickness of 1/4 inch
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Garnishes: Italian parsley (minced), and wedges of lemon

Instructions

https://www.confettiandbliss.com/coleslaw/PREP WORK: Line a plate with paper towels. Put it aside. Take out 3 shallow bowls. *

  • BOWL #1: Crack the eggs into the bowl. With a whisk, beat the eggs well.
  • BOWL #2: Add breadcrumbs to the bowl.
  • BOWL #3: In this bowl, mix the flour and spices together.

RECIPE DIRECTIONS

  1. Add vegetable oil to a heavyweight pan with sides. There should be just enough oil so that the cutlets can gently float around as they cook. Place the pan over medium heat.
  2. Work with one cutlet at a time. Dredge it in flour so all sides are coated. Dip the floured meat into the whisked eggs. Make sure all sides are completely covered in egg. Submerge the veal cutlet in the mound of breadcrumbs. Flip it back and forth in the crumbs until well coated.
  3. As soon as the oil is sizzling hot, add 2-3 cutlets to the pan. Each piece should have enough room to float independently in the oil without touching the others. Cook the veal cutlets for 2-3 minutes. With tongs, flip the meat over and allow it to cook for another 2-3 minutes. If they begin browning too fast,  turn the temperature down to medium/low. The schnitzel is done when it’s beautifully golden and crisp, and the internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads at least 145°F. Transfer the schnitzel to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Notes

* NO SHALLOW BOWLS? No problem! Use a plate with edges for the whisked eggs. Place breadcrumbs on one half of a baking tray. Put the flour/spice mixture on the other half of the tray.

NO PANKO BREADCRUMBS? No problem! Create breadcrumbs with day-old bread without the crusts. Lightly toast the crumbs so that they’re crisp.

HOW TO POUND A VEAL CUTLET: When buying meat from a butcher, you can ask him/her to pound them out for you. When pounding them at home, work with one piece of meat at a time. Place the veal cutlet on a cutting board between pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Use a kitchen mallet, the bottom side of a heavy pan, or a rolling pin to flatten it out to 1/4 inches.

HOW TO SERVE SCHNITZEL

  • FRESH LEMON AND PARSLEY: Garnish the veal cutlets with a light sprinkling of minced Italian parsley. Serve schnitzel with slices of juicy lemon on the side.
  • MUSHROOM GRAVY: If desired, you can prepare a delicious mushroom gravy and drizzle it over the top of each serving. If you’re in a hurry, simply use canned gravy!
  • SIDE DISHES: Serve schnitzel with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or French fries.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Austrian, German

Keywords: Schnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel, Veal Cutlet

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20 thoughts on “Wiener Schnitzel”

  1. Oh I’ve never made a Schnitzel before. I’d heard about it and thought it is something so elaborate only pro chef could make it. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of this before. That recipe looks amazing though. I really love how crispy it looks. I can’t wait to try this.

  3. I fell in love with it after my first glimpse. My aussie friends have been talking about this for a long long time now. Looks delish!

  4. OK now this sounds delicious and it was interesting to learn the difference between schnitzel and winter schnitzel! I am going to have to try it for myself now.

  5. I never knew what this was, but that’s the nickname my father used to call me when I was a child! Looks delicious.

  6. I have never made this, but it looks easy and light. I can’t wait to try it. I am always looking for new ideas.

  7. Those cutlets look so scrumptious and crispy on the outside moist on the inside. A great meal for any family that loves chicken or veal.

  8. I used to work in an Italian restaurant and we had homemade weiner schnitzel on the menu. It was so good! I always wanted to try to make it at home but I didn’t know how. I’m so happy I found your recipe!

  9. Ony of my favorite meals! Love the result and all the details in your steps – makes it really easy to try schnitzel just the way you make it!

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