If you're looking to make a meal that's a guaranteed crowd pleaser, consider cooking pork cutlets. Perfectly thin and crispy, these cutlets provide the delicious flavor of pork with a tender, juicy texture.
The following are some of the best pork cutlet recipes to try. Learn the basics about preparing cutlets and then get the details for how to make your dish stand out.
How to Make Pork Cutlets
Regardless of which recipe you choose, the basic process to make pork cutlets will essentially remain the same. First, you'll need to choose the right pork cut. Pork chops are often the recommended choice for cutlets since they're already quite tender and flavorful.
To prep the cutlets for cooking, you'll need to pound your pork cuts thin by placing them between two sheets of heavy plastic and hitting with the smooth side of a mallet. This tenderizes the pork and allows you to get it nice and crispy without overcooking the meat.
Next, you'll season the meat set up your dredging stations. Use shallow dishes for flour, beaten eggs and panko or breadcrumbs. First, coat one cutlet with a thin layer of flour. Then, dip them in eggs and then coat with panko. Repeat with each cutlet, the cover and put them in the fridge while you prep the oil.
Next, heat about ¼ cup of vegetable oil (or another suitable frying oil) in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, put the cutlets in for about 4 to 5 minutes per side before transferring to a paper towel-lined plate.
Classic Pork Cutlets with White Gravy
One of the most popular ways to make pork cutlets is with white gravy. The pork seasoning is simple with just salt and pepper. You'll use 1 tablespoon of the frying oil to make the gravy, combining it with flour and then whisking in hot milk to create a thick, creamy sauce. Pour the gravy over the cutlets when serving.
Pork Cutlets with Lemon and Capers
A zesty way to make pork cutlets involves acidic ingredients for a kick of flavor. Simply create a salad that features capers, lemon zest and parsley all chopped and mixed together. Once the cutlets are ready, you can sprinkle the mixture on top and serve with lemon wedges. A fresh green salad is a nice complement to the meal, and if you want a creamy element, add chopped hard-cooked eggs on top.
Japanese-Style Pork Cutlets
This pork cutlet recipe is inspired by a preparation often found in Japan. It adds a spicy element for those who like a bit of heat in their meal. The cutlets are prepared as usual and then sliced thinly and served on a bed of shredded raw cabbage. A spicy sauce featuring ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, gingerroot and garlic is also included, with the strips of cutlet pre-cut for easier dipping.