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How to Cook Milanesa Steak Without Breading

Milanesa Steak Cooked Without Breading

Milanesa steak is a delicious steak usually made with seasoned breadcrumbs. However, if you don’t want a breaded steak, no problem! You can easily make a delicious thin steak without breading. Simply marinade the steak and cook it to perfection. So, if you are wondering how to cook Milanesa steak without breading? Read ahead and find out!

 

What is a Milanesa steak?

Milanesa steak, or Milanese de res, is a steak made mainly from a beef cut. This fried steak dish is very popular in South America. It is known for its very thin meat cut that is breaded and fried. Most people consider Milanesa steak similar to fried chicken steak. Although the two recipes use bread crumbs, they have a few differences.

Milanesa steak traditionally uses egg, flour, and seasoned breadcrumbs. The steak is made from top round meat cut, which is then pounded until it is super thin, i.e. about 1/8 inch in thickness. Because it is super thin, it is cooked fast and with a crispy breading. Although beef is the best choice for this steak recipe, you can also use pork meat.

 

Can you cook a Milanesa Steak without breading?

The signature style of a Milanesa steak is its thinness and breading. So, you might think that you can’t make a thin slice of Milanesa steak without breading. However, every classic recipe has a few variations, and if you want to enjoy a Milanesa steak without breading, you can! You just are deviating from the traditional recipe. The steak will still be very delicious and easy to cook.

 

How to make Milanesa steak without breading

Even if you are not making Milanese steak the traditional way, you should still keep these things in mind:

  • The secret to a Milanesa steak is its thinness. So, take your time to pound the steak with a meat mallet until it is 1/8 inch thick.
  • Because we are not using any breading, you can use your favorite spices and seasonings to marinate the steak.
  • You can either use milk, yogurt, or buttermilk to marinate the steak.
  • The steak will cook faster because of its thinness. So, you will have to keep a close eye on it while cooking.

 

How to cook a Milanesa steak without breading

Here are a few quick and easy ways you can cook a Milanesa steak without breading:

  • Fry: The easiest and quickest way to cook a Milanesa steak is by frying it in hot olive oil or vegetable oil on the stovetop. You can deep fry or shallow fry. Make sure the olive oil or vegetable oil is very hot because the steak is thin. It doesn’t take very long to cook and therefore is convenient.
  • Air fry: If you are trying to avoid cooking this steak in oil, using an air fryer is the best way to cook it. It cooks the dish without adding oil.
  • Grill: You can easily make a Milanesa steak over a hot grill if you love outdoor cooking. You can make it over a grill pan in your kitchen as well.
  • Oven: you can also make this steak in an oven. Simply preheat the oven and cook it until it is done. The steak is thin therefore you won’t have to cook it for very long.

 

What to serve with Milanesa Steak?

a plate of home made french fries

Because of its thin and crispy texture, a Milanesa steak is usually served with a few common side dishes. These are:

  • Fries: Potato fries go well with everything, and a Milanesa steak is no different. You can serve it with sweet potato fries as well.
  • Potatoes: This steak goes so well with fluffy and creamy mashed potato. However, you can serve it with roasted or baked potatoes as well.
  • Fresh vegetables: Try and serve this steak with fresh vegetables like avocadoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, or onions.
  • Salads: Fresh garden salads, creamy potato salads, or Greek salad is often a great side dish for the Milanesa steak.

 

How to cook Milanesa steak without breading

Milanesa steak cooked without breading

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Serving: 2

 

Ingredients

  • 2 top round beef steaks, pounded to 1/8 inch thickness
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • One small red onion, diced
  • Two garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp old bay seasoning
  • ¼.
  • Blend the three ingredients until they are unified.
  • Pour this mixture into a shallow bowl and season with old bay, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  • Place the pounded beef steaks in this mixture to dip in completely.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour to marinate.
  • Place a pan over medium heat and add cooking oil to cook the steak. I like to cook the steak with minimum oil, so I have used about 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil.
  • Once the time is up, take the steak out of the marinade and place it in a hot pan with oil.
  • Cook the steak for about 5 minutes or until it gets a golden color.
  • Flip the steak and cook on the other side for five more minutes or until it turns golden as well.
  • Once done, remove it from the pan and serve with your favorite side. Enjoy!
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How to cook Milanesa steak without breading

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serving: 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 to p round beef steaks pounded to 1/8 inch thickness
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • One small red onion diced
  • Two garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp old bay seasoning
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil as required

Instructions
 

  • Add peeled red onion and garlic cloves into a blender jug and pour milk.
  • Blend the three ingredients until they are unified.
  • Pour this mixture into a shallow bowl and season with old bay, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  • Place the pounded beef steaks in this mixture to dip in completely.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour to marinate.
  • To cook the steak, place a pan over medium heat and add cooking oil. You can add oil according to your liking. I like to cook the steak with minimum oil, so I have used about 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil.
  • Once the time is up, take the steak out of the marinade and place it in a hot pan with oil.
  • Cook the steak for about 5 minutes or until it gets a golden color.
  • Flip the steak and cook on the other side for five more minutes or until it turns golden as well.
  • Once done, remove it from the pan and serve with your favorite side. Enjoy!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Before diving into these common inquiries about cooking Milanesa steak without breading, always remember to use fresh ingredients and preheat your cooking surfaces to achieve the best flavors and textures.

What’s the Best Way to Prepare Milanesa Steak for Taco Filling?

For taco filling, you should cook your Milanesa steak over medium-high heat with a light coating of oil to ensure it’s fully cooked and tender. Once cooked, rest it for a few minutes before slicing it against the grain to keep it juicy and easy to eat in your tacos.

Can Milanesa Steak Be Grilled?

Absolutely! For grilling, season your Milanesa steak with a mixture of spices according to your taste preferences—chili powder and cumin work well—and grill for a short time on each side as the thin cut cooks quickly.

What Are Some Non-Breaded Milanesa Steak Recipes?

Non-breaded Milanesa steak can be marinated in a mixture of lime juice, garlic, and spices before being quickly pan-fried or broiled. This method infuses the steak with flavor and keeps it tender.

How Do I Cook an Extra Thin Cut of Beef Top Round Extra Thin Cut?

Cook extra thin cuts of beef top round in a very hot pan with oil for just one to two minutes per side, depending on thickness. This high heat will cook the steak quickly without overdoing it.

What Sauces Pair Well with Milanesa Steak?

Try a chimichurri or a simple salsa verde to complement the robust flavors of the steak. These sauces add a fresh and zesty taste that enhances the meat without overpowering it.

How Do I Cook Thin Steak Cuts in the Oven Without Searing?

Preheat your oven to a high temperature, around 450°F. Place seasoned steak cuts on a baking sheet and cook for a very brief time—usually about 2-4 minutes per side. Using high heat helps to cook the steak rapidly, similar to searing, without the need for additional oil.

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Author

  • Laurie Graves

    Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.

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