6 Schnitzel Recipes to Crisp Up Your Dinner

Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad
Photo: © John Kernick

Few things brighten up a meal like a crispy slab of schnitzel. And while you might think schnitzel is limited to chicken or pork, we have recipes to help you fry up trout, turkey and even lamb. The coatings are just as varied, using everything from panko breadcrumbs to crushed pretzels, matzo meal and dried potato flakes. Read on for more ways to schnitzel up your next meal.

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Pork Schnitzel with Plum, Parsley, and Radicchio Salad

Pork Schnitzel with Plum, Parsley and Radicchio Salad

2013 F&W Best New Chef Jason Vincent makes his schnitzel with pork tenderloin. He beats the eggs for the coating with sour cream, which helps the meat stay tender and juicy inside while the golden breadcrumb crust crisps up.

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Potato-Crusted Pork Schnitzel with Hot Pepper Mayonnaise

Potato-Crusted Pork Schnitzel with Hot Pepper Mayonnaise
Jennifer Causey

Food & Wine culinary director at large Justin Chapple uses dried potato flakes, aka instant mashed potatoes, to produce the shatteringly crisp crust on these butter-fried pork chops. The flakes are made from dehydrated cooked potatoes and happen to be a great gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs. Be sure to look for hot cherry peppers, not sweet ones, to give the mayo-based sauce some kick.

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Pretzel Schnitzel with Mustardy Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Pretzel Schnitzel Recipe
Antonis Achilleos

The idea for using crushed pretzels for the breadcrumb coating came to cookbook author Andrea Slonecker years ago when she was working on her first cookbook, Pretzel Making at Home, and had a surplus of homemade hard pretzels on her hands. She says pretzels deliver an extra crunch, and their signature alkaline flavor to this pork schnitzel.

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Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel

Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel
© Quentin Bacon

Thomas Keller says the success of his chicken schnitzel depends on two things: pounding chicken breasts to uniform thickness, and using Japanese panko breadcrumbs to give them an extra-crispy crust.

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Crispy Wiener Schnitzel with Lingonberry Preserves

Crispy Wiener Schnitzel with Lingonberry Preserves
© Tina Rupp

Wiener Schnitzel is one of the national dishes of Austria, and this classic version of the dish will show you why it's so popular in Viennese cooking. If you can't find lingonberry preserves, use cranberry sauce or another tart fruit preserve in its place.

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Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad

Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad
© John Kernick

This recipe requires just a few ingredients to produce something spectacular. The crisp and bright salad of cucumbers with dill and yogurt is a perfect accompaniment to the crispy fried pork.

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