Grandma's Pork Schnitzel Recipe

Updated on January 30, 2020
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Mom of five beautiful children. Family and my children are my greatest passion! I love exploring and growing with them.

For the Love of Schnitzel

Schnitzel is truly a family favorite in our home. We eat this dish at least once a month. Traditionally, we always serve our family members their dinner of choice on their birthdays, and 9 out of 10 times they choose this!

My love for schnitzel comes from the wonderful childhood memories I have with my dear grandma. My grandpa is German, and one of his favorite dishes is schnitzel. Grandma taught me how to prepare this dish by the time I was four years old. She would let me tenderize the meat with the hammer, roll the cracker crumbs, and crack the eggs. I would then watch her bread it—and as I got older, I was allowed to help with that, too, as well as the pan-frying. I absolutely love this meal, and it's a tradition I have passed on to my children, as well.

I always thought that schnitzel was a traditional German dish; however, after some research, I have found out that its true origins are not completely known. Some say that they have traced it all the way back to Roman times. Some say it originated in Austria. Either way, schnitzel is very well known throughout Europe, and it is definitely served in most restaurants in Germany. I hope to one day visit Germany and experience an authentic German Wiener schnitzel.

I dedicate this recipe to my dearest grandma. She is still with us; however, at 89 years old, she doesn't cook anymore. She taught me most of my cooking skills and practices. She is the love of my life. The memories I have of cooking with her, among many other things we did together, are treasures I carry in my heart. I hope that you enjoy her recipe as much as my family does. Let's get cooking!

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 12-18 pieces of schnitzel
This is a picture of my Grandma and my daughter Gracie in 2015
This is a picture of my Grandma and my daughter Gracie in 2015

Kitchen Tools

Make sure you have all of these kitchen tools on hand to make your schnitzel making as easy as possible.

  • Saran wrap
  • Large Ziploc Bag
  • Meat Tenderizer
  • Tongs
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Rolling Pin
  • 2 Medium size Bowls
  • 2 Plates
  • Deep Fryer or Frying Pan


  • 1 Family Pack of Boneless Centre Pork Chops
  • 2-3 Packages of Salted Crackers
  • 2-3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 3/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbs of Paprika (Optional)
  • 1 Tsp of Garlic Powder (Optional)

Prepare Breading Station

  1. Empty your packages of crackers into a large Ziploc bag. Close the Ziploc bag, leaving an inch or so open, letting air escape. Crush your crackers with a rolling pin by rolling back and forth on top of a cutting board, flipping the bag over to do both sides, until you have a fine crumb. (This is my least messy way of doing it.) Add spices and shake shake shake.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs and milk.
  3. In another separate bowl, place flour.

These will be your breading stations. See photos below.

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Prepare Your Pork

  1. Trim the fat off the edges of the pork.
  2. Slice your pork into halves. (Thick wise)
  3. Place your pork on top of a piece of saran wrap. Place another piece of saran wrap on top. (See photo below)
  4. Use a meat tenderizer hammer and pound the meat on both sides until approximately 1/8 inch thick. (Do this on a cutting board)
  5. Repeat for all pork pieces.

You are now ready to start breading your pork!

Set up your stations in the following order:

  1. Plate of Pork
  2. Flour
  3. Egg Wash
  4. Cracker Crumbs
  5. Clean Plate

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Tenderize and thin out meat between 2 sheets of saran wrap for easy cleaning!
Tenderize and thin out meat between 2 sheets of saran wrap for easy cleaning!
Tenderize and thin out meat between 2 sheets of saran wrap for easy cleaning!

Time to Bread Your Schnitzel

  1. Place a piece of pork in the flour bowl and flip it over, making sure both sides are covered with a thin layer of flour.
  2. Dip your floured piece of pork into the egg wash and make sure it's covered.
  3. Place your pork in the cracker crumbs and flip it over ensuring a good coating of crumbs on both sides, you can press down the meat in the crumbs to help coat if needed.
  4. Place the finished piece on a clean plate and repeat until finished.

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Time to Cook!

  1. Heat your deep fryer to 375 degrees.
  2. Place 2-4 pieces of schnitzel into your fryer once heated.
  3. Fry for 3-4 minutes and until golden brown.
  4. Remove from fryer and place on paper towel.
  5. Repeat until finished.

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Dinner Time

Schnitzel is very versatile and can be served with just about anything. Here are some of my favorites sides to serve it with:

  • Basmati Rice
  • Linguini Noodles with Butter, Garlic, and Parsley
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green or Yellow Beans (Steamed)
  • Carrots with Dill (Roasted)
  • Prepared Red Cabbage

Always serve your schnitzel with a side wedge of lemon.

So you're all done! Let us know in the comments section below. how much you loved it!

Schnitzel served with Mash Potatoes and Carrots with Dill.
Schnitzel served with Mash Potatoes and Carrots with Dill.

How'd we do!

5 stars from 3 ratings of Pork Schnitzel

Do You Have a Meat Tenderizer?

KitchenAid KC119OHOBA Textured Aluminum Meat Tenderizer, 9.5-Inch, Black, Standard
KitchenAid KC119OHOBA Textured Aluminum Meat Tenderizer, 9.5-Inch, Black, Standard
You may notice that I used a wooden meat tenderizer in these photos. However, I do not recommend a wooden one. Tenderizers take a beating (pun intended)! They need to be durable and made of one solid piece. My husband had to glue my wooden one back together before I made the dish in these photos. My grandma used to use a metal tenderizer, and I just ordered this one and tried it out for the first time this past weekend. It's amazing! It’s one solid piece, so it won't fall apart, and it's made of stainless steel, which makes for easy cleanup. Every kitchen should have one. My wooden one now may rest in peace in the fire pit. Happy cooking, everyone!

© 2018 Sarah Cook


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    • aliveandfree profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Cook 

      23 months ago from Wasaga Beach

      Thanks! Let me know when how you like!

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      Victoria Cook 

      23 months ago from Ontario

      Love this recipe, I'm definitely going to have to try this at home!

    • aliveandfree profile imageAUTHOR

      Sarah Cook 

      23 months ago from Wasaga Beach

      Thank you! I love it too!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      23 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I love Schnitzel. One of my favourite German food.


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