20-Minute Pork Milanese (Lomo de Puerco Empanizado)

Cuisine: Latin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
So easy to make, you'll be done before you know it. This simple yet tasty breaded pork recipe is best enjoyed as soon as it comes out of the pan!

This Pork Milanese recipe is ideal for beginners or people who don't have a lot of experience in the kitchen. It's also great for anyone who doesn't like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. You can put dinner on the table in about 20 minutes with this recipe and a side salad or a serving of rice and beans. Mianesas also make an excellent sandwich filling.

Milanese (known as milanesa or empanizado) is a simple recipe that's enjoyed throughout Latin America (and many other parts of the world!).  Whether you're making a  chicken, beef or pork milanese, the trick for a great milanesa recipe is to pound the meat until it's very thin. You can use a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer for the job, but don't skip this step!

This is one of those anyone-can-do-it dishes that moms have been making for their kids for generations. Here's my version, which is simple and humble and delicious every time I make it.


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  1. Start by setting up your stations as follows: For the first, place the flour on a plate, preferably with a lip. For the second, combine the bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Finally, in another bowl, beat the eggs.
  2. Pound the pork chops to 1/3-inch thickness using a tenderizer or rolling pin.
  3. Dredge the chops in flour, shaking off any excess.
  4. Dip the chops in the beaten eggs, letting excess drip off. Then coat the pork in the bread crumb mixture, patting gently on both sides to coat completely.
  5. Heat the oil in a heavy, large skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot but not smoking, add the pork and cook until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  6. Serve with lime wedges and your side of choice.
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