|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 35g||45%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||29%|
|Total Carbohydrate 101g||37%|
|Dietary Fiber 9g||33%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 89mg||445%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Breading and pan-frying veal cutlets is a classic and delicious way of preparing veal. The result is perfectly coated, browned, and tender veal cutlets that are easily made with a simple three-step process: The veal is dipped into flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumbs, assuring a crispy coating. The cutlets are then shallow-fried in oil until golden on the outside and tender on the inside. They are particularly winning with a simple arugula salad, but these veal cutlets can be paired with almost anything, especially with a few lemon wedges on the side.
Many people have eschewed veal in recent years due to concerns of animal cruelty; however, there do exist farmers who raise young calves without cages or confinement. The resulting meat is called "red veal" or "vitello," two names used to differentiate such veal from the white-colored veal from confined calves.
"The cutlets were very good, and were done after about 2 minutes on each side. I used about 1/4 cup oil, or just enough to make a thin layer of oil in the pan. I used plain breadcrumbs, and following the instructions, they were perfectly breaded. They were excellent with a drizzle of lemon juice." —Diana Rattray
1 pound veal cutlets
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon water
2 cups breadcrumbs or panko
Vegetable or canola oil for frying (enough for a shallow layer)
Lemon wedges, garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Pat dry the cutlets and set them aside.
On a plate, combine the flour and salt.
In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly with the water.
Put the breadcrumbs or panko on another plate.
Line the plates and bowl in order from left to right: flour, egg, breadcrumbs (right to left if you're left-handed). Set a platter or baking tray at the end of the line, after the breadcrumbs.
Dredge the cutlet on both sides in the flour to coat it thoroughly; shake off any excess.
Dip it in the egg so it is completely covered and lift it out so the excess egg can drip off.
Lay the cutlet in the breadcrumbs, covering it on both sides, gently pressing the crumbs onto the surface of the cutlet.
Set the cutlet on a baking sheet or platter and repeat with the remaining cutlets, placing in one layer without touching.
Heat a shallow layer of oil in a wide, high-sided frying pan or similar vessel over medium-high heat. Add as many cutlets as fit in a single layer. If the cutlets get too dark, lower the heat as needed.
Fry the cutlets until they're golden brown on the first side for 2 to 3 minutes.
Turn them over and cook them until they're golden brown on the other side and cooked through. Cooking time should be 4 to 6 minutes total. Do not overcook.
Repeat with any remaining cutlets, if necessary.
Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate or platter.
Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy.
Breading the cutlets will be decidedly less messy if you use one hand to handle the cutlets when they're wet and the other to touch them when they're dry. Use one hand (this will be the wet hand) to pick up a cutlet and set it in the flour, and the other hand (the dry hand) to tap flour all over it and lift it out; use the same hand to place the veal into the egg. Transfer it back to the wet hand to move it around and lift it out of the egg before setting in on the breadcrumbs. Then use the dry hand to pat breadcrumbs on the cutlet and transfer it to the baking tray.
Serve the veal with a simple lemon, herb, and butter sauce.
How to Store and Freeze
- Transfer any leftover cutlets to shallow covered containers and refrigerate within 2 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To freeze, transfer the cooked breaded cutlets to a baking sheet and place it in the freezer. When frozen solid, transfer the cutlets to zip-close freezer bags or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze the cutlets for up to 3 months.
How Do I Keep Veal From Getting Tough?
Veal is a lean type of meat, so it can easily become chewy and tough if overcooked. Make sure to only fry the cutlets until golden and crispy on each side. You can check the doneness with a meat thermometer; it should read 160 F for medium. If you don't have a thermometer, cut into the center of one piece—medium cooked veal will be light pink.
How Do You Keep the Breading From Burning?
Use enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, and heat it until it is shimmering, or about 350 F. When the cutlets go into the pan, lower the heat to medium if the breading starts to burn. After about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, lift a cutlet with a fork to check for browning and to allow the oil to distribute evenly in the pan. Flip when the cutlet is golden brown on the bottom.