Parmesan Breaded Pork

Parmesan Breaded Pork is oh-so-crispy and cheesy. Add a splash of lemon for a little freshness and your family will be asking for seconds!
Parmesan Breaded Pork - SO crispy!

Do you remember when you were young and your parents used to tell you little stories and white lies to get you to behave well or feel better? We all know that every parent has done it. Christmas and Santa Claus is among the most famous, but to this day I still have realizations about things my parents said to me that were totally untrue. My childhood cat Whiskers never went to go live with a nice old couple who could afford to take care of him when he got sick. I didn’t realize that until I was a teenager which is a little embarrassing. Recently I just remembered something my dad had told me MANY years ago when I became old enough to graduate from baths to showers. He told me that if I didn’t dry my feet off completely before stepping out of the shower that my feet would turn hairy like his. I have never gotten water on the shower floor to this day because of that horrible fear of hairy hobbit feet. How crazy is that!? And I seriously just realized the other day that he had told me that little story and I had to question its validity for a split second before laughing at myself for having that engrained in me for so long. All because my dad didn’t want me turning the bathroom floor into a splash zone. What things did you parents tell you when you were little?

I used to get told all the time to finish my pork at dinner. I never really liked pork cutlets and pork chops all that much growing up. It’s so easy to overcook lean pork, which doesn’t taste like a whole lot to begin with. I still don’t cook with pork chops or cutlets all that often, but the other day these pork cutlets were on sale for $2. Can’t beat that, so I went on a mission to find a simply delicious pork cutlet recipe. And here we are! These Parmesan Breaded Pork cutlets are so crisp and tasty, and the splash of lemon really brightens the whole dish. These take less than 25 minutes to whip up and you can literally serve these alongside whatever you have in your pantry too.
Parmesan Breaded Pork - SO crispy!

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Savory and slightly salty with a burst of fresh lemon to cut through the richness of the breading.
Texture: That breading is to die for. It’s so crunchy and heavenly, without being too thick and overpowering!
Ease: Although you’re going to need an empty dishwasher after assembling the breaded pork, it couldn’t be easier.
Appearance: Look at that golden brown crust.
Pros: As easy as it is impressive.
Cons: Slightly messy and indulgent.
Would I make this again? Yes.


Parmesan Breaded Pork

Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb found in most grocery stores. You can use plain breadcrumbs if you don't have panko.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes


1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 (1/4-inch thick) pork cutlets
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Lemon wedges


Place the flour on a plate. Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and salt in another shallow plate.

Dredge each pork cutlet in the flour, shaking to remove excess flour. Dip the pork cutlets in the eggs. Coat the pork cutlets in the breadcrumb mixture, using your fingers to press the breadcrumbs into the pork evenly.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the breaded pork cutlets and fry for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges.

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4 Responses to “Parmesan Breaded Pork”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 17, 2014 at 4:17 am

    This looks so yummy! I just went to Costco and bought pork…so I pretty much have enough for the rest of my life….so I need some good ways to use it up!
    My parents told me a similar lie to your cat story, about a pet bunny that I had!
    I only realized it a few years sad!

  2. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I love simple dishes like these I can make on a busy weeknight. And the crunch factor is always a major plus!

  3. #
    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — February 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    These look so good! Perfect for a busy weeknight. My parents always told me to finish my fish and I dreaded it! Up until this year, I’ve been avoiding it, but it’s actually been my resolution to learn to like fish this year – keeping my fingers crossed, ha! If it looked like these pork cutlets, I think it’d be in great shape :).

  4. #
    Gaby — February 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Love that crunchy crust!

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