Polish Breaded Pork Cutlets (Kotlety Schabowy) Recipe

Polish Breaded Pork Cutlets - Kotlety Schabowe
© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 pork cutlets (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1065 Calories
76g Fat
55g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 pork cutlets (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 1065
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 76g 97%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 817mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 40g
Calcium 170mg 13%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Breaded and fried pork cutlets, known as kotlety schabowy (kawt-LEH-tih Sah-BAW-vih) are popular at Polish tables. Boneless center-cut pork chops or pork tenderloin that are pounded thinly can be used. 

They are often served with boiled and buttered potatoes garnished with caramelized onion and dill or parsley and applesauce on the side.

Often, mizeria (cucumbers with sour cream) accompany this dish, especially in summer when garden produce is plentiful.


  • 4 pork chops (boneless center-cut, or a 1-pound pork tenderloin)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 large egg (beaten with 1 teaspoon water)
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs (or ​panko crumbs)
  • 1 cup shortening (vegetable or canola oil)

Steps to Make It

  1. If using chops, trim off fat and gristle. If using tenderloin, trim off fat, remove silver skin and cut into 4 equal pieces.

  2. Pound pork between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

  3. Dredge cutlets in flour, then egg-water mixture, then breadcrumbs or panko crumbs. Allow cutlets to dry for 10 minutes before frying.

  4. Heat shortening or oil to a depth of 1 inch in a large skillet. Fry one at a time by placing cutlets top side down into the pan.

  5. Fry 5 to 7 minutes per side until golden. Place on a heatproof plate in a warm oven (about 200 F) covered with foil and repeat with remaining cutlets. Alternatively, use two skillets to speed the process.

  6. Serve warm with applesauce, boiled potatoes and a green vegetable like Brussels sprouts if desired.

More Cutlet Recipes

  • Simple Pork Cutlet RecipeThis is done in the German schnitzel style of cooking and is similar to the Polish recipe presented here except directions for a pan gravy are provided.

  • Pork Cutlets with Creamy Mushroom Sauce Recipe: These cutlets are finished with a creamy mushroom sauce made with thickened milk.

  • Polish Breaded Chicken Cutlets RecipeHere boneless, skinless chicken breasts are given the same treatment as the boneless pork cutlets in the original recipe on this page.

  • Polish Potato Cutlets RecipeAlso known as potato cakes, potato patties or potato croquettes, this vegetable side dish or vegetarian main course starts with freshly mashed potatoes in place of pork, chicken or another protein.

  • Dutch Veal Croquettes Recipe: This version of cutlets is a popular pub and street food in Holland. They differ from typical croquettes because these are made with chopped cooked veal that has been mixed with a binding sauce, formed into rolls or patties, breaded and fried.