Pork Schnitzel with bacon mushroom gravy is an easy 30-minute weeknight dinner that is a family favorite! The pan-fried pork chops are crisp and golden on the outside, but tender enough to cut with a fork. This easy German jägerschnitzel recipe is perfect with mashed potatoes, egg noodles, späetzle, or rice and a veggie on the side.

Some of our other favorite traditional German recipes include Sauerbraten and Rotkohl. And for dessert, try this easy German Apple Cake!

Jagerschnitzel with mushroom sauce and spaetzel on a white plate.

Pork schnitzel is one of Germany's most enduring and iconic dishes, but there are actually many variations. Frequently this simple dish is just served plain with a lemon wedge for squeezing over the top and some french fries or potatoes on the side. We like to pair pork schnitzel with rotkohl (German red cabbage), roasted or steamed green beans, or a salad as well for something light.

One of our favorite versions is Jägerschnitzel (yay-gur-shnit-sell), which is a classic German-Austrian recipe made with breaded pork cutlets that are pan-fried to crispy perfection, then smothered with a rich brown mushroom gravy. Sometimes bacon is even added to the sauce, which makes it even more decadent.

I studied German through high school and college, so when I had the opportunity to intern in Germany at an large international law firm in their Frankfurt office during law school, I jumped at the chance! Paul and I spent a lovely summer enjoying the country I had dreamed about for so many years and this was one of our favorite dishes to order when we went out to eat.

Schnitzel is a cooking method where meat is pounded thin, which makes it extra tender. The meat is then lightly breaded in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, before a quick pan-fry until crispy. The type of meat can vary although veal is used for Wiener Schnitzel, Hänchenschnitzel is made with chicken, and Schweineschnitzel is made with pork.

The name jägerschnitzel translates to "hunter's schnitzel" and it is a variation found in both Germany and Austria. There are versions made with veal instead of pork and no breading before pan-frying, but it's not as widely known as the version I'm sharing here.

Pork schnitzel with mushroom gravy and spaetzel on a plate.

Ingredient Notes

This is a quick overview of some of the important ingredients you'll need for this jägerschnitzel recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Pork: Thin boneless pork chops are best for pork schnitzel. They are easy to pound to ¼-inch thickness between two pieces of plastic wrap with a meat mallet or rolling pin and fork-tender when pan-fried. If you only have thick pork loin chops available, just slice them in half horizontally first before pounding.
  • Breading: To bread the pork chop cutlets you will need all-purpose flour, eggs for a simple egg wash, and Panko breadcrumbs. This makes the pork nice and crispy!
  • Oil: Vegetable oil works well for frying the pork schnitzel. Canola oil, peanut oil, or other neutral oils with a high smoke point can also be used.
  • Bacon: Bacon is cooked until crispy and adds fantastic smoky flavor to the mushroom gravy.
  • Onion: Onions are cooked in the bacon fat. There's nothing quite like the taste of fried onions with bacon!
  • Mushrooms: Sliced cremini mushrooms or white mushrooms give the sauce incredible umami flavor.
  • Beef broth: Beef broth adds a ton of savory flavor to make the brown mushroom gravy for the jagerschnitzel.
  • Heavy cream: This gives the silkiest texture and best flavor, but you can substitute with half-and-half, sour cream, or light cream.

How to Make Jägerschnitzel

  1. Pound the pork. Trim off any fat first so the pork chops don't curl while cooking, then pound it between two pieces of plastic wrap until it's ¼-inch thick. It's best to use the smooth side of a meat mallet so as not to tear the meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare the schnitzel breading. Add flour, breading, and egg wash to three separate, shallow pans for easy dipping stations.
  3. Dip the pork cutlets in flour first. Shake off any excess, then dip in the egg wash, then bread crumbs.
  1. Fry one pork schnitzel at a time in very hot oil (about 350°F). Shake the pan gently, moving the schnitzel periodically so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack set over a sheet pan and season again with a little salt and pepper.
  2. Repeat. You may want to keep the cooked schnitzel warm in a 200°F oven while you finish cooking the rest of the pork cutlets.
  1. Cook the bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Sauté the onions in the reserved bacon fat until softened, about 3 minutes, and then add the mushrooms and continue to cook another 5-7 minutes until tender.
  1. Mix in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in the beef broth then reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the cream and cooked bacon to the sauce, then remove from heat.
  1. Plate the pork schnitzel and top with the jägerschnitzel mushroom gravy. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
A serving of pork schnitzel topped with brown mushroom gravy and bacon on a plate with noodles.

What to Serve with Pork Schnitzel

Here are a few traditional side dishes and other easy ideas to serve with your jägerschnitzel:

Recipe FAQ's

What is the difference between Jägerschnitzel and Weiner Schnitzel?

Weiner Schnitzel is flat-pounded meat just like jägerschnitzel, however, it's usually made with veal instead of pork. Jägerschnitzel also has a mushroom sauce whereas weiner schnitzel doesn't.

How do you flatten meat without a mallet?

You can use something heavy but small enough to get a good grip on it for this job. A small cast iron skillet, wine bottle, or even a can of beans will work.

Can I use pork tenderloin for pork schnitzel?

If you would like to use a pork tenderloin, I recommend slicing a 1-pound tenderloin crosswise into six pieces, then pounding to a ¼-inch thickness, just like when using pork chops.

Storage

Any fried food is best fresh when it is still crispy, however leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container. I recommend storing the gravy separate from the fried pork schnitzel for easy reheating and best results. You can freeze the pork schnitzel and the mushroom gravy separately for 2-3 months.

How to Reheat

If you have an air fryer, I find that reheating for 5-6 minutes at 400°F gives the best results and can even be done straight from the freezer without thawing. Otherwise I recommend reheating in a 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Flip the schnitzel halfway through for even crisping. The brown mushroom gravy can be gently reheated in a pan on the stove or in the microwave until hot.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Let the pork chops sit for a few minutes after breading. I use this technique when making fried chicken and it helps the breading not fall off when pan-frying.
  • Work in batches. You don't want to crowd the pan when frying the pork schnitzel or you can bring down the oil temperature too much.
  • Watch the oil temperature so the schnitzel browns evenly. You may need to lower the oil temperature while cooking if the outside is getting dark too quickly.
  • Additional seasonings: We keep this recipe simple, but you could also add chopped chives on top of the finish schnitzel. You could also omit the bacon from the recipe if you prefer.
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Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy (Jägerschnitzel)

5 from 12 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 4 -6 servings
Pork Schnitzel with bacon mushroom gravy is an easy 30-minute weeknight dinner that is a family favorite! The pan-fried pork chops are crisp and golden on the outside, but tender enough to cut with a fork. This easy German jägerschnitzel recipe is perfect with mashed potatoes, egg noodles, späetzle, or rice and a veggie on the side.

Ingredients
  

Schnitzel

  • 1 to 1-½ pounds boneless pork loin chops, pounded ¼-inch thin
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying

Mushroom Gravy

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, half-and-half or sour cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions
 

Make the Schnitzel

  • Prepare breading stations combining flour, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper in a shallow dish. Beating the eggs in another shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a third shallow dish.
  • Trim fat from pork chops so they don't curl while cooking. Pound until ¼-inch thick between two pieces of plastic wrap using the smooth side of a meat mallet.
  • Lightly dredge each pork cutlet in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the egg wash, then the breadcrumbs. Transfer to a baking sheet, then repeat with the remaining pork cutlets.
  • Heat oil in a large pan until very hot, about 350°F. Cook one schnitzel at a time, shaking the pan periodically so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer the cooked schnitzel to a wire rack set over a sheet pan and keep warm in a 200°F oven while frying remaining schnitzel.

Make the Mushroom Gravy

  • Cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat until crispy, stirring occasionally. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease in the pan.
  • Saute the onions for 3 minutes until soft. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook another 5-7 minutes until tender. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute, stirring until the flour has absorbed the liquid in the pan and the mushrooms and onions are evenly coated.
  • Gradually add the beef broth while stirring. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream and reserved bacon, then remove from the heat.
  • Plate the schnitzel and top with the mushroom gravy. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with späetzle, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.

Notes

  • Storage: Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container. I recommend storing the gravy separate from the fried pork schnitzel for easy reheating and best results. You can freeze schnitzel and the gravy separately for 2-3 months.
  • Reheating: If you have an air fryer, I find that reheating for 5-6 minutes at 400°F gives the best results and can even be done straight from the freezer without thawing. Otherwise I recommend reheating in a 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Flip the schnitzel halfway through for even crisping. The brown mushroom gravy can be gently reheated in a pan on the stove or in the microwave until hot.
  • Let the pork chops sit for a few minutes after breading. I use this technique when making fried chicken and it helps the breading not fall off when pan-frying.
  • Work in batches. You don't want to crowd the pan when frying the pork schnitzel or you can bring down the oil temperature too much.
  • Watch the oil temperature so the schnitzel browns evenly. You may need to lower the oil temperature while cooking if the outside is getting dark too quickly.
  • Additional seasonings: We keep this recipe simple, but you could also add chopped chives on top of the finish schnitzel. You could also omit the bacon from the recipe if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 1690mg | Potassium: 927mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 5mg
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This post was originally published in February, 2021. The photos and content were updated in January, 2022.

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  1. We lived in Frankfurt for three years and fell in love with German cooking, especially Jagerschnitzel.  I will definitely try this recipe.  I also love rouladen.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It's really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    I am so glad I came across your recipe on Pinterest for Jägerschnitzel. It was remarkable and we loved it. I seriously will be making this recipe again soon!

  4. 5 stars
    This made the best dinner and our first time having pork schnitzel! The mushroom sauce was so perfect on top and we'll be making this again next week. Thanks for the awesome recipe, Amy!

  5. 5 stars
    Such an easy and mouthwatering dish to make for the family for Valentine's Day. I am sure everyone will love this. Yummy!

  6. 5 stars
    Gosh as soon as I saw that first photo, I knew I had to make this recipe! Was a beautifully comforting plate of food. The schnitzel are super crisp and flavorful and I could have eaten that mushroom gravy by the spoonful (okay maybe I did do that!) I managed to find some späetzle to serve the dish exactly as you did and it was perfect.

  7. 5 stars
    This sound delicious! I have some pork chops unthawing, so will be giving this recipe a try soon! Thanks for sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    I love learning new recipes! This recipe did not disappoint. It turned out delicious and full of flavor! Felt like I was in Germany!

  9. 5 stars
    I have never made this recipe before and now I am super excited as I love trying new things! I don't think I have ever eaten something like this before, I cant wait to give it a go! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic! I love pork chops, they are so flavorful, and they go so well with the bacon and mushrooms. This was a treat for my family. And they have requested it for next week, again.