Friday, 01 November 2013 22:18

The true Austrian Wiener Schnitzel - demystified

A traditional Wiener Schnitzel recipe involves a very thin, breaded and fried Schnitzel from veal.  It is a well-known specialty of Viennese cuisine and basically the national dish of Austria. Any other kind of Schnitzel, like the German version with sauce is just not a Wiener Schnitzel.

As an Austrian I’ve obviously had my share of Schnitzels and quite like one every now and then. In Austria you can be sure to find Wiener Schnitzel on the menu of any ‘Gasthaus’. Typically it is served with parsley potatoes, lettuce or cucumber salad and a slice of lemon and a dollop of cranberry sauce. Period.

You’ll also find Wiener Schnitzel served at ski huts, and even at roadside fast food stalls that will serve a Schnitzel in a ‘semmel’ or bun. If you’ve been to Vienna, you may have seen or even been to one of the restaurants serving only Wiener Schnitzel - the most impressive thing usually being the size of your Schnitzel. Most people don’t realize how super easy it is to make Wiener Schnitzel.

A Wiener Schnitzel recipe can also be made with pork or even chicken or turkey breast - in that case it’s just not a ‘real’ Wiener Schnitzel anymore. But whichever option you choose, Wiener Schnitzel is tasty and very easy to make and has been served at Mary's Dinner Club on several occassions.

Ingredients for a traditional Wiener Schnitzel recipe:

  • Slices of veal, pounded very thin
  • Flour mixed with a dash of salt and some pepper
  • Whisked eggs
  • Plain bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying in a deep pan


  • Put three large deep plates with the flour, the eggs and the breadcrumbs next to each other
  • Flip each piece of meat first in flour, then in egg, then in breadcrumbs
  • Place in a pan with hot oil and fry till golden brown (about 4 minutes on each side)
  • Let excessive oil drip off on some kitchen towel,
  • Transfer to your plate and enjoy hot with potatoes and salad

Here a very straight forward video for a Wiener Schnitzel recipe – the only thing wrong with it is the pronunciation – it’s not ‘Winer’ Schnitzel (as in to whine) but ‘Wiener” Schnitzle (as in to wean)

If you think Austrian cuisine is your thing, an oldie but goodie, without fancy photography but with all the really, truly authentic Austrian recipes you’d ever want to know is Best of Austrian cuisine.

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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