Pork Milanese is a fancy name for something that is actually really simple.. breaded and pan fried pork! It is a traditional Italian dish that can be made with veal or pork. In this pork milanese recipe we are using center cut boneless pork cutlets that have been pounded thin and breaded with panko, seasonings, parmesan, and lemon zest.
You get a deliciously seasoned and crispy pork cutlet. Then the dish is finished with a pan roasted tomato, garlic, and basil relish.
If pork isn’t your jam, check out this recipe for Chicken Parmesan, it has a lot of the same flavors.
Pan Fried Pork
In this recipe you are pan frying your breaded pork. If I have one piece of advice to give…DON’T OVERCOOK YOUR PORK CUTLET.
Pork cutlets are best cooked to a medium which is about 145 degrees internal temp. I found that if you cook your thin pork chops 2 minutes per side on medium high heat they turn out perfect!
Steps for Making Pork Milanese
- Start by pounding your pork cutlets to about ⅓ inch thick. This will help them pan fry faster, without burning the breading.
- Brush the pork cutlets with dijon mustard and then dip in the breading mixture, pressing the panko onto the pork.
3. In a pan add ¼ cup olive oil and warm over medium heat. Saute the pork cutlets for about 2 minutes per side. Let rest while you make the tomato relish.
4. Wipe out the pan and then add the 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Saute the tomato and garlic for 1 minute. Sprinkle in the lemon zest and basil, saute for 30 more seconds.
Serve your crispy pork milanese topped with the tomato relish over a bed of arugula that is dressed with your favorite vinaigrette. You can also serve some lemon wedges on the side.
I love a recipe that can be changed to suit taste buds… like kid’s picky tate buds! Here are a few ideas:
- Use Italian Bread Crumbs instead of panko
- Season with the herbs and spices you prefer
- Make with chicken or veal
- Serve nestled in your favorite marinara sauce
- For a brighter flavor finish with a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Pork Milanese Recipe
Pork Milanese with Tomatoes & Garlic
- 4 pork cutlets center cut
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp each : dried basil and dried oregano
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 3 tbsp dijon mustard
- ¼ cup olive oil
Tomatoes & Garlic
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 2 fresh garlic cloves. thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped or torn basil (can use parsley instead of basil)
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- arugula dressed lightly with vinaigrette, lemon wedges **Both are optional
- Lightly pound the pork cutlets with a meat tenderizer or meat mallet until they are about ⅓ inch thick.
- On a plate combine the breading ingredients – panko, parmesan, garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, lemon zest and salt.On a second plate spoon out 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard.Place the pork cutlets on a third plate.Tip- also grab a baking sheet to place the pork on once it is breaded.
- Rub or brush a pork cutlet on all sides with the dijon mustard, place it in the breading mixture and press the panko on all sides. Give it a very light shake and then place on the baking sheet or clean plate.Repeat with all the pork cutlets.
- In a skillet over medium heat add the olive oil. Once it is hot add the pork cutlets and cook about 2 minutes per side. you want the pork to have an internal temp of 140-145 degrees. Set the pork aside to rest.
- Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel then place back over medium heat. Add the butter and olive oil.
- Add in the tomatoes and garlic, saute for 1 minute. Sprinkle in the basil and lemon zest, saute for another 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
- Serve the Pork Milanese topped with the tomato garlic mixture. Place the pork on a bed of arugula that is lightly dressed with your favorite vinaigrette.
If nutrition facts are provided they are calculated as an estimate to the best of our knowledge.