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How to Cook Pork Cutlets Without Breading

Pork Cutlets Cooked Without Breading

Pork cutlets are often cooked with breading on top. However, you might want to try something different. If so, you can cook pork cutlets without breading. It will still be delicious and give you a great meal. So if you are wondering how to cook pork cutlets without breading…read ahead to find out!

 

Can You Cook Pork Cutlets Without Breading?

Although the crispy breading on pork cutlets looks and tastes great, not everyone wants to use breading on their cutlets. You might run short on breadcrumbs or panko or want to use a gluten-free ingredient. The good news is that you can enjoy juicy, tender, and delicious pork without breading.

 

Different Ways of Making Pork Cutlets Without Breading

fresh pork cutlet

  • Crushed pork rinds: You only need to coat the pork cutlets in the crushed pork rinds and then cook them as you normally would. The result is a delicious and crunchy pork cutlet that doesn’t require any breading. Plus, it is gluten-free.
  • Dry spice mix: Coat the pork cutlets in the spice mix and then cook them. This method will give the pork cutlets a bit of flavor and spice without the need for breading. You can use any dry spice blend you like. You can even create your own blend by mixing your favorite spices.
  • Flour and egg wash: First, coat the pork cutlets in flour, dip them in beaten eggs, and coat them in the flour again. This method does require a bit more work than the other two, but it’s still fairly simple, and the results are delicious.
  • Wet mixture: This could be anything from buttermilk, milk and flour to beer batter. Coat the pork cutlets in the wet mixture of your choice and then cook them as you normally would. This method adds an extra layer of flavor to your pork cutlets.

 

Different Methods of Cooking Pork Cutlets without Breading

Here are a few more methods to try:

  • Grilling: Grilling is a great way to cook pork cutlets without breading. Simply preheat your grill to medium-high heat and place the pork cutlets on the grill. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Baking: Baking is another option for cooking pork cutlets without breading. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pork cutlets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Pan frying: Pan-frying is another delicious way to cook pork cutlets without breading. Simply heat some oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the pork cutlets. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Air Fryer: Using an air fryer provides a healthier option to cook your pork cutlets. You can achieve that desirable golden-brown exterior without excess oil.
    • Preheat your air fryer to around 400°F.
    • Season your pork cutlets to taste. You can use a simple seasoning of salt and pepper or a blend of your favorite herbs and spices.
    • Place the pork cutlets in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Do not overlap them to ensure even cooking.
    • Cook for about 8 minutes, then flip the cutlets and cook for another 6-8 minutes.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 145°F.

 

Tips to Remember

Whether you’re breading and frying them or cooking them without breading, you should follow a few tips to ensure perfect pork cutlets every time.

  • Use lean pork loin or tenderloin for the best flavor and texture.
  • Trim any excess fat from the pork before cooking.
  • Ensure your pork cutlets are nice and thin (about 1/2-inch thickness is ideal). This will help them cook evenly and prevent them from drying out.
  • Season your pork cutlets generously with salt and pepper before cooking. This will help add flavor and prevent them from being bland.
  • Do not overcook your pork cutlets! They should be cooked through but still juicy – no one wants dry, tough pork cutlets! So, keep an eye on its internal temperature.
  • Let the pork rest for a few minutes before cutting into it to serve.

 

How to Store Pork Cutlets Without Breading

When it comes to storing pork cutlets, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that they stay fresh and delicious.

  • If you plan to store the pork cutlets for a day or two, it is best to wrap them tightly in plastic or aluminum foil, then place them in the refrigerator. This will help keep the moisture in and prevent the pork cutlets from drying out.
  • If you need to store the pork cutlets for longer than a couple of days, it is best to freeze them. Frozen pork cutlets will stay fresh for several months and can be thawed and cooked as needed.

 

How to Cook Pork Cutlets Without Breading

Pork Cutlets Cooked Without Breading

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time:  10 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, boneless
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

  1. Rinse pork chops under fresh water; pat dry using a paper towel, transfer to a dish, and season both sides with pepper and salt.
  2. Add brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil, and paprika in a small bowl, and mix well.
  3. Drizzle the oil mixture all over the chops and gently rub; transfer to a dish.
  4. Pour ½” of oil into a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add coated pork chops, do not overcrowd them.
  5. Cook for 7 minutes, flip side, and cook for another 5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F.
  6. When ready, remove from heat, place on a plate lined with absorbent paper, and leave to rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve with mashed potatoes or your favorite side dish.
pork-cutlet

How to Cook Pork Cutlets Without Breading

Preparation time: 5 minutes; Cooking time:  10 minutes; Total time: 15 minutes; Servings: 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pork chops boneless
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Rinse pork chops under fresh water, pat dry using a paper towel, transfer to a dish and season both sides with pepper and salt.
  • Add brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil and paprika in a small bowl, and mix well.
  • Drizzle the oil mixture all over the chops and gently rub; transfer to a dish.
  • Pour ½" of oil into a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add coated pork chops, do not overcrowd them.
  • Cook for 7 minutes, flip side and cook for another 5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • When ready, remove from heat, place on a plate lined with absorbent paper and leave to rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cooking pork cutlets without breading can be simple if you follow these tips to keep them juicy and flavorful. Understanding the right methods and seasonings will enhance your cooking experience.

What’s the best way to ensure pork cutlets stay moist when cooking?

To keep pork cutlets moist, cook them quickly over high heat. Use a meat thermometer to avoid overcooking and to ensure they reach the safe internal temperature of 145°F, followed by a 3-minute rest time.

What’s the ideal temperature and cooking time for pork cutlets in the oven?

In the oven, pork cutlets should be cooked at 400°F. Depending on their thickness, they usually require about 18-25 minutes. Always use a meat thermometer to check that they have reached the safe internal temperature.

Are there any particular spices or marinades recommended for sautéed pork cutlets?

For sautéed pork cutlets, a simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme adds flavor. Dry rubs with paprika, garlic powder, and a touch of brown sugar also enhance the taste.

For tenderized pork cutlets, what’s the recommended cooking method to keep them tender?

When tenderized, pork cutlets benefit from quick cooking methods such as grilling or pan-frying. High heat for a short duration will keep them tender and prevent them from drying out.

Do pork cutlets need to be flipped when pan-frying, and how can I tell when they’re done?

Yes, pork cutlets should be flipped once when pan-frying to ensure even cooking. They’re done when they have a golden-brown crust on both sides and the internal temperature reads 145°F on a meat thermometer.

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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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