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Pork Schnitzel with Dill Pickle Salsa

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: American


Schnitzel is a crispy, skillet fried, golden slice of meat topped with a simple, tasty dill pickle salsa. Drizzled with mustard, this pork schnitzel recipe is so easy to make and so remarkably good.


Units Scale

1 to 1/4 lb pork tenderloin (I used boneless, thin sliced pork tenderloin.)

2 c buttermilk or 2 T vinegar added to 2 c of milk

2 eggs, whisked

1/4 pickle juice, from the jar

2 t kosher salt

1 t fresh ground black pepper

1 c flour

1/2 c panko crumbs

1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed

Oil, for frying

Buns, if you’d like

Mustard and pickles

Pickle Salsa

1/2 c minced onion

1/4 c chopped parsley

1 minced jalapeno (seeded if you are worried about spice)

1/2 c chopped dill pickles (about 20 slices)


Trim pork of excess fat or skin. Pound each slice between 2 pieces of plastic wrap until about 1/4″ thickness.

In a large zip lock bag, combine buttermilk, eggs, pickle juice, kosher salt and pepper. Add the pork and make sure it is fully submerged. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I refrigerated mine for 24.

When ready to fry, take pork out of fridge and let come to room temperature before frying.

Combine Ritz cracker crumbs and panko on a plate. Place flour on another. Remove all pork slices from brine and let excess drain off. Dredge both sides of each pork slice in flour. Place back in buttermilk brine, then fully coat with cracker crumbs. Set on a rack placed over a shallow baking sheet to let dry. Try to fry as soon as possible so your breading will stay crispy.

Fill a large skillet with oil until it comes up to about 1″ on sides. Heat over medium high heat until a thermometer registers 350 degrees.

Place each piece of pork in the skillet. I was able to fry three slices at a time without overcrowding. Do not crowd as the oil temperature drop and then your schnitzel will not be crispy. Fry about three minutes on each side until each side is golden and crispy. Place back on a clean rack and let drain over a baking sheet. Keep warm in a preheated 225 degree oven.

Place pork on buns or not. We ate ours drizzled with mustard and topped with pickle salsa.

Pickle Salsa

Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve over the pork schnitzel.


Slightly adapted from Food52.