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Baked Pork Schnitzel with Caper Butter Sauce

Crispy baked pork schnitzel that doesn't need to be deep-fried. It is healthy and much less messy to make. Serve it with a caper garlic butter sauce to make it even more succulent.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 2 people
Author: Sophie

Ingredients

For the pork

  • 1 lb boneless pork chops
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups panko
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

For the sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wired rack over it.
  • Place a pan over medium heat, add panko and olive oil. Stir and toast until the panko is golden brown, transfer to a plate to cool.
    Toasted panko
  • If the pork chops are thick, pound them until they are 1/4 - 1/3'' inch thick. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
    Pounded boneless pork chops
  • Mix the flour with Italian herbs. Dredge the pork in the flour and shake off excess flour. Then dip it in the beaten egg and coat with toasted panko. Lightly press so that the panko adhere to the pork.
    Prep boneless pork chops: coat with flour, beaten eggs and toasted panko
  • Place the pork on the wired rack and bake in the oven until cooked through. It can take about 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pork.
    Breaded boneless pork chops on a wired rack to be baked in the oven
  • While the pork is almost done cooking in the oven, place a pan over medium low - medium heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and then add minced garlic, stir and cook for a few seconds until fragrant. Add capers, stir and cook for a few more seconds. Add wine, let the sauce simmer and reduce for a minute or so. Add lemon juice and the remaining butter, simmer for 30 seconds or until the sauce is reduced to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Add lemon zest and parsley, stir and remove from the heat.
    Simmer all ingredients to make caper garlic butter sauce
  • Place the pork schnitzel on serving plates and serve immediately with the warm sauce. You can sprinkle more fresh chopped parsley over the schnitzel.

Notes

In addition to the caper garlic butter sauce, you can serve the schnitzel with a cress or arugula salad and cherry tomatoes. I just dress the cress with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. This salad can be prepared while the pork is being cooked in the oven.