Milanesa de Res (Beef Milanese)

A plate full of golden fried Milanesa de res with chips and a salad.

Milanesa de res is a thinly sliced steak, perfectly seasoned, then coated in flour and breadcrumbs before being fried to golden perfection. Serve these fried steaks with your favourite Mexican sides or enjoy this crispy treat in a torta.

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Two plates full of golden fried Milanesa de res with chips and a salad.

Milanesa de Res

Milanesa de Res or Steak Milanese has to be one of my favourite beef recipes. It uses a budget friendly cut of beef and turns it into a mouthwatering dinner with very few ingredients or kitchen tools. Imaging thin slices of well seasoned beef inside a crispy golden brown crust. Add a squirt of fresh lime juice and enjoy!

The tenderized beef stays tender and juicy inside the crispy shell. It’s delicious on its own with a side salad and a serving of chips (or fries), or with mashed potatoes, Mexican Red Rice, Cilantro Rice, sliced avocado, and salsa or pico de gallo. Leftover Milanesa de Res is delicious in tacos and tortas…my kids loved these leftover bun sandwiches for school lunches!

Best of all, there is no complaining at family dinner time. Who can resist deep fried steak?!

Ingredients used in making Milanesa de Res.

What is Milanesa de Res?

Have you ever heard of Milanesa de Res? You might recognize this main dish as breaded beef cutlet, Beef or Steak Milanese, or Beef Schnitzel. This is a dish that is beloved in many countries because it is so delicious and satisfying.

Milanesa‘ is the Mexican version of the Italian “Milanese” method of cooking. It involves coating thinly sliced meat with layers of flour, egg, and breadcrumbs and then frying it until golden. While it is common prepare other proteins (veal, beef, chicken, or pork) using this method, carne de Res means ‘beef’ so this protein is our focus today.

Let’s cook these thinly sliced beef cutlets, Mexican style! While the ingredients and process are similar for all the versions, Mexican Milanesa de Res is beef served with a slice of lime and delicious Mexican side dishes. You can also find this crispy treat as part of a Mexican sandwich, or Torta Milanesa.

How to dredge thinly cut steak in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs.

Ingredients List

  • Beef Steaks
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Lime

For this or any milanes des res recipe, the best beef cut to use is top round steaks. If you can, ask your butcher to cut them as thin as possible; 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Gently pound the meat with a mallet to ensure it is of uniform thickness and to tenderize this budget friendly cut of meat.

You can buy breadcrumbs or make your own with leftover stale bread. Smashed saltine crackers or Panko crumbs also work well, the latter will make the outer coating especially crispy.

For deep frying, a neutral tasting oil with a high smoke point (temperature at which the oil begins to burn and smoke) is best. Highly refined oils such as light olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, or safflower oil tend to have the highest smoke points (as impurities are removed) and a neutral or clean taste.

One Milanesa de Res in a frying pan with hot oil.

Dredging and Breading Methods

Dredging is a simple cooking technique where a food is coated in a dry ingredient; usually flour, bread crumbs, or cornmeal before it is fried. Dredging helps to give foods a crispy coating and adds extra flavour.

This recipe uses the dredging technique plus another technique called ‘breading’. Yes, it sounds fancy and time consuming but it really isn’t.

Breading is also a simple cooking technique that coats food in an extra layer of dry coating. Breading takes place AFTER the food has been dredged in flour, then dipped in a liquid such as milk, buttermilk, or beaten eggs. This extra breading adds another layer of protection, keeping the meat tender and juicy.

Golden fried Milanesas de Res arranged on a blue serving platter with wedges of lime.

5 Great Tips for Dredging and Breading

  1. Assemble the dredging/breading station ahead of frying. Use three shallow rimmed containers, such as pie plates.
  2. Dry the meat with paper towels, then season it before lightly dredging it in the flour.
  3. Use tongs to transfer the meat through the process.
  4. Allow excess liquid to drip off before moving onto the breading step.
  5. Season each step. Add salt and pepper (and other dry herbs and spices) to the flour and breadcrumbs. Similarly, add ‘wet’ seasonings (minced garlic or hot sauce) to the liquid step.
A plate full of golden fried Milanesa de res with chips and a salad.

How to Make Milanesa de Res

Once the dredging stations are set up, it’s time to prepare the steaks. Start by pounding the steaks with a meat mallet until they are thin and uniform. This will ensure they cook quickly and evenly. Pat the steaks dry with paper towel, then season them with salt and pepper.

Next, dredge each steak in flour mixture, then the egg, and finish with a coating of breadcrumbs. Place the steaks on a rack and allow them dry for about 5 minutes while your oil is heating.

Heat half an inch of vegetable oil to 360 F.in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add one cutlet to the pan. Fry it for three minutes per side. If your pan is large enough, do two at a time, though it is best not to crowd the pan.

Keep the oil temperature between 360-375 F as the meat cooks. This ensures the Milanesa de Res come out crispy and golden brown but not oily. Use tongs to remove the cutlet and allow any excess oil to drain off. Place on a platter lined with paper towels while you fry the rest of the steaks.

Close up photo of golden fried Milanesa de Res.

How to Store and Reheat Milanesa de Res

To store Milanesa de Res, place plastic wrap or parchment paper between each cooled cutlet and place in an airtight container. The breaded cutlets keep in the fridge for 4-5 days and freeze very well for up to two months.

Simply thaw overnight in the fridge and place on an oven safe baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for 15 minutes.

A fork full of Milanesa de Res showing how thin the beef is inside.
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Yield: 6 servings

Milanesa de Res (Beef Milanese)

A plate full of golden fried Milanesa de res with chips and a salad.

Milanesa de res are thinly sliced steaks, perfectly seasoned, then coated in flour and breadcrumbs before being fried to golden perfection. Serve them with your favourite Mexican sides or enjoy this crispy treat in a torta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 thin cut top round beef steaks (about 1 1/2 pounds)*
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 lime to serve

Instructions

SET UP THREE DREDGING DISHES

  1. In a shallow rimmed dish mix the flour with salt and pepper.
  2. Beat the eggs well and add in the minced garlic. Pour into a shallow rimmed dish. This is station 2.
  3. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow rimmed dish to make the third and final station.
  4. Prepare the steaks by pounding them with a meat mallet until they are thin and uniform. This will ensure they cook quickly and evenly.
  5. Dredge steak in flour, then egg, and finish with the breadcrumbs. Place the steak on a rack and allow to dry for about 5 minutes while the oil is heating.
  6. Next, heat a half an inch of vegetable oil to 360 F.in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. Carefully slip one piece of meat into the oil. Fry for three minutes per side. Ideally, the oil temperature should stay between 360-375 F. If your pan is large enough, do two at a time, though it is best not to crowd the pan.
  8. Repeat until all the meat is cooked. Serve with a wedge of lime and your favourite sides.




Notes

*Use beef, chicken, veal, or pork.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 566Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 236mgSodium: 718mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 47g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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22 comments

  1. Gwynn

    Such a delicious recipe and so easy to make too. Definitely adding it to my weekly menu rotation!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We love them…they are definitely a ‘keeper’ of a recipe.

  2. sara

    Such a delicious kid-friendly meal! My kids fought over the last piece.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Haha I bet! You’ll have to double the recipe next time. The leftovers make great sandwiches.

  3. Julia

    My 17 year old would love this, looks amazing. Pinning for later, thanks for the great recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, I think she would find it hard to resist. Thanks Julia.

  4. nancy

    this recipe came together so easy and everyone loved how much it reminded them of vacation!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Ah, vacation. I’m glad to have taken them on that journey.

  5. Swathi

    Beef milanese looks delicious delicious I would love to try it out.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Swathi.

  6. Agnieszka

    My kids absolutely loved beef done this way and ate it all! So easy and good!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, kids seem to do that with this recipe!

  7. Jeannie

    Your recipe looks so good and delicious, Im planning to make this and advance and meal prep to work.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh yes. I’m jealous already. You have some great crispy steak sandwiches coming up in your future.

  8. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady

    The family would devour this in no time flat. I love that this is similar to chicken fried steak, but with a Latino twist.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, very similar and also similar to schnitzel.

  9. Emily

    How interesting! I’ve heard of Milanese food, but never the Mexican Milanesa. What a great take on fried steak!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! It’s quite interesting how food travels and is known by many names.

  10. Debra

    Thanks for breaking it down, making it so easy….and it was delish too!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I think a lot of people get intimidated by frying…but it really is quite easy. Thanks for giving it a try.

  11. Megan Ellam

    I love a good Milanese and this recipe looks incredible. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent to hear. Happy cooking!

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