German Schnitzel Cutlets Recipe

German Schnitzel recipe is a perfect addition to your German recipe collection. Schnitzel are really just thin cutlets and can be made from veal, pork, chicken or turkey. The cutlets are pounded until thin with a meat hammer (this will also tenderize the meat) the cutlets are then breaded and fried. It doesn’t get much easier than that, now does it. Serve with mashed potatoes, your choice of vegetable and mugs of Hacker-Pschorr

german schnitzel

Lemon or Mushroom Sauce

One of the most traditional recipes for schnitzel is for Jäger-Schnitzel or Hunter’s Schnitzel, which is served with a fantastic mushroom sauce or gravy.  This sauce is made with fresh mushrooms, sour cream, butter and pan drippings. Since this was my first attempt at making schnitzel, I wanted to try it with just the lemon wedges. The juice is squeezed over the cutlets before eating, this is the most traditional way of serving schnitzel.

german schnitzel

Traditional German Food

After attending the Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart Lake WI, I’ve had German Schnitzel on my mind. At the market my son and I always order a pulled pork sandwich on a pretzel roll with Dusseldorf mustard. I also order a slice of apple strudel. This year my DIL ordered German potato pancakes served with applesauce. They serve German schnitzel at the Christmas market too. Since then I’ve had schnitzel and pancakes on my mind.

Oom-pah, Oom-pah!

Well today’s the day that we’re going to get down to our German roots and make some German food. We’ve decided on making German Pork Schnitzel. Traditionally, pork schnitzel is served German potato pancakes and applesauce. You could even serve schnitzel with braised red cabbage.  Turn on some polka music, pour yourself a mug of Bavarian or Dark German Bier and make it German night at your house tonight. Oom-pah, oom-pah!

german schnitzel

German Schnitzel is a fast, easy and affordable. The perfect dish to serve on those busy weekday nights. Schnitzel can be ready in under an hour. If you serve German schnitzel with (boxed) creamy mashed potatoes and a side of buttered corn, you’ll have a delicious meal on the table in no time. Plus, you’ll have a meal your whole family will love.

German Schnitzel Recipe

Pork Schnitzel or Schweineschnitzel
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  • 4 pork cutlets, pounded lightly
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced or cut into wedges


  • Trim fat from cutlets and clip edges to stop edges from curling during cooking.
  • Sprinkle cutlets with lemon juice and salt.
  • Place 3 shallow bowl on counter. In first one, put flour. In second one, mix egg and water. In third one, put breadcrumbs.
  • Coat schnitzel, first with flour, then egg, and then breadcrumbs.
  • Heat butter and oil over medium heat in skillet.
  • Fry cutlets until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with lemon slices.
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