Breaded Fried Steak - Milanesa de Carne

    25 mins
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Popular throughout Latin America, milanesas are very thin cutlets (typically beef or chicken) that are breaded and fried, Italian-style.  They're easy to make and perfect for a quick supper. Start with thinly sliced top round battered with beaten egg and seasoned bread crumbs.  Fry them in oil for a few minutes on each side, drain on paper towels, and serve.. You can make milanesas with chicken breasts too (pollo a la milanesa) - just be sure to pound them to a thin, even thickness.

Milanesas are delicious served with chimichurri sauce or guasacaca. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound top round, sliced thinly into about 6 thin steaks
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It


  1. Mix the flour, salt, and ground pepper together in a shallow bowl or plate and set aside.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs with the oregano and season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Spread the breadcrumbs out onto a plate.  
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs lightly with a tablespoon of water.
  4. Dredge each steak into the flour, coating both sides and shaking off excess.
  5. Dip each floured steak into the egg wash, letting excess fall off,  then  place into the breadcrumbs, coating both sides thoroughly.
  1. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Fry each steak for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until breading is crispy and steak is cooked to desired doneness.
  3. Serve warm, with rice and chimichurri sauce.

Serves 6.