Milanesa Steak, Milanesa de Res in Spanish, is a popular thinly sliced, breaded main course, quickly pan-fried. It’s an easy dish that gets on the table in 30 minutes.
The quickly-fried meat is so tender that it’s perfect on its own or as a sandwich, taco or quesadilla.
And, you will love what I just discovered. It’s ahhh-mazing with Ranch dressing. I can’t tell you how much of this I ate when I figured out that dipping it in Ranch dressing was so GOOD.
The name of Milanesa comes from the City of Milan in Italy. It’s a popular meal in Central and South America in addition to Italy, of course.
Milanesa was brought to Mexico many, many years ago when it was introduced by Italians.
You will find similar main dishes in other countries. For instance, you’ll find a similar meal in Germany called Wiener Schnitzel.
In the United States, you’ll find a version called Chicken Fried Steak. Chicken Fried Steak is nearly identical except it’s more common to include a delicious thickened cream gravy.
To make you will only need a few spices, eggs, breadcrumbs and flour. Mix everything in separate bowls and line them up on the counter to make it more of an assembly line process.
If your Milanesa steak is cut very thin, it may be difficult to handle. You can cut them in half. A smaller size is easier to maneuver.
What do you serve with Milenesa steak?
In Mexico, you will typically find Milanesa de Res and French fries on a plate. Too much fried food on one plate seems excessive sometimes.
Besides French fries, try a fresh pico de gallo of tomatoes, onions and chopped jalapeños. Sliced avocado or guacamole is always a good idea.
That little side with the roasted serrano isn’t mashed potatoes. It’s polenta, a quick little side dish, made from fine cornmeal. You can’t get any more perfect than Italian polenta for an already Italian dish.
For something different than your typical pico de gallo, try serving a little scoop of Red Onion Salsa with this dish.
If you’re wanting to stick with the traditional French fries, maybe try something like my Roasted Red Potatoes to get your crispy potato fix.
You know that verde green salsa that you get at the table at Mexican restaurants? It’s so easy to make at home. Try this Mexican Salsa Verde Restaurant Style recipe.
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What is Milanesa steak?
This Milenesa steak recipe uses very thinly sliced beef, usually top round. Our market has the sliced steak available pre-packaged.
If you need to ask your butcher to slice them, they should be about ⅛ to ¼″ thick.
If you don’t want to use beef, you can also use any sliced meat, like chicken, pork or veal. You could also make a vegetable Milanesa by slicing eggplant.
If using another meat, you may need to use a meat pounder to get it thin enough.
Here are a couple of tips for dipping in egg and breading.
- First, feel free to wear food service gloves. There’s no reason why you need to get messy.
- Second, always dip in egg with one hand. Then, dip in the breadcrumbs with the other hand. This will help you avoid the big clumps of gunk.
If you like this Milanesa steak recipe, I’m building a Mexican Food recipe library which may interest you. Lots of delicious homemade Mexican food as authentic as I can get it.
Milanesa can also be called Piccata. Try a gluten free version of Chicken Piccata.
This recipe was featured in this roundup of 8 Favorite Recipes for Cinco de Mayo.
How to Make Milanesa de Res
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- ¼ cup Vegetable Oil, For frying
- ¼ cup All Purpose Flour
- ½ cup Breadcrumbs, like Seasoned Progresso with Parmesan
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Ancho Powder
- ½ teaspoon Cumin Powder
- ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 pound Top Round Steaks, Milanesa Beef, very thin top round slices
- Begin heating oil in skillet on medium heat on the stove top.
- In shallow casserole or pie dish, stir together breadcrumbs and spices, set aside.
- In another shallow casserole or pie dish, whisk eggs until well blended, set aside.
- Sprinkle flour on both sides of each steak.
- Working with one steak at a time (using gloves, if you like), dip each steak in egg then in breadcrumb mixture. Set steaks aside on a baking sheet so they're not touching.
- Once all steaks are covered and the oil is hot, cook one steak at a time. Place in the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes if the steaks are ⅛" thick or 2-3 minutes if the steaks are ¼" thick. Using tongs, turn and repeat.
- Remove steaks to drain on paper towels.
- This meal is typically served with French fries when plated or can be made into fajita style tacos or sandwiches. I've shown it with a tomato pico de gallo and a rounded scoop of polenta, garnished with cilantro and lime slices for squeezing a bit of lime juice on top when serving.
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