Schnitzel Pretzel Sandwich

If I could marry some of my absolute favorite German foods in the world, this would be their wedding. Crisp-fried, über-thin pork schnitzel meets pretzel bun and they lived happily ever after.



Ready In:

45 mins



Good For:


Schnitzel Sandwich

About this Recipe

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I think the secret to a really good schnitzel is simply pounding it so thin (using the flat side of your meat tenderizer) that you can almost see through it. Okay, I am sort of joking, but seriously. A schnitzel needs to be thin. One boneless pork chop gives me two large schnitzels, that’s how thin they are. It’s also important to season it well with lots of sea salt and fresh pepper. Additionally, I used a Bavarian Seasoning on my meat, giving it a little extra depth in flavor. When sautéing, I would recommend using a higher smoking point oil such as sunflower seed oil or safflower oil.

The grapefruit slaw gives it that touch of freshness this meal is so longing for, and the sambal mayo adds a decent kick that’s pretty unusual in German food, but I love sambal (a spicy chili paste), and it’s very common in Turkish cuisine, which is like what Mexican food is to Americans. I served my sandwiches on store-bought, salty pretzel buns, which are an easy go-to for when I don’t want to make my own or am simply running low on time. For those of you wanting to make your own buns authentically, simply follow this pretzel bread recipe and shape the dough into buns instead – so worth the extra time and effort if you’re not constantly running low on sleep like I am with a little 8-month-old! Last but not least, each sandwiches was garnished with a Hengstenberg barrel pickle on the side (we always keep a jar in our fridge – my husband ate more of these during my pregnancy than I did!).

Ingredients For Schnitzel Sandwich

Cabbage Slaw:

Sambal Mayo:


  • Extra thin is the key: I think a good Schnitzel needs to be giant and flat, crisp on the outside and seasoned well on the inside. Use a meat tenderizer (the flat side) to get your Schnitzel model-thin – a great frustration management tool if you ask me!
  • Brine your meat: For extra flavor, brine your meat the day before and leave in the fridge overnight. For a simple brine, combine 4 Tablespoons of salt with 4 cups of water. Add some of the Bavarian Seasoning and some peppercorns if you would like.


German Side Dishes

Bavarian Potato Salad


Creamy Potato Salad

Schnitzel Sandwich Essentials


Schnitzel Sandwich Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Trim any excess fat off the meat, then butterfly each pork chop in half (basically turning each chop into two thinner chops). Now place each pork chop half into a gallon-size freezer bag, and using the flat side of a meat tenderizer, pound it until about 3 times its size (it will be very thin).

Step 2

In the meantime, wash and thinly slice the cabbage, and combine with the grapefruit segments and other ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes, stirring every so often.

Step 3

Prep three flat dishes with the flour, egg (whisked) and breadcrumbs. Season each schnitzel with salt, pepper and Bavarian Seasoning, then dust each one in flour (shake off any excess flour), pull it through the egg and lastly press on the breadcrumbs.

Step 4

Cover a large skillet in oil (making sure it has a high smoking point like safflower oil or sunflower seed oil) and heat to medium high heat. Add the Schnitzel (working in batches if they don’t all fit, or having two skillets going at the same time). Cook until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side. Allow to drain on a plate covered in paper towel for a minute or so.

Step 5

Toast your pretzel buns before serving either using the skillet or a toaster (I use the bagel settings to not burn the outside). Prepare the sambal mayo by simply combining the sambal and mayo.

Step 6

Arrange your Schnitzel Sandwiches by spreading the sambal mayo on the toasted bun, topping it with your schnitzel and coleslaw (if you’re feeling dangerous, try adding a fried egg as well!). Serve with a pickle and lemon wedge on the side (I like adding lemon juice on top of my schnitzel). Guten Appetit!

Drink Pairing:

Viez-Sprudel Inspired Cocktail

This week felt like summer in Kansas City, with hot temperatures and sun all week (it may have been even a little too hot for my taste!). Summertime in Germany means Biergarten-time, sitting outside and enjoying cool drinks like beer and Viez-Sprudel (a mixed drink made from apple wine and sparkling water).

Today’s cocktail was inspired by Viez-Sprudel, combining Schönauer Apfel (a German apple liqueur) with Gerolsteiner sparkling mineral water (a sparkling water from the volcanic Eifel region of Germany – close to where I grew up). Click here to find out where to purchase a bottle of Schönauer Apfel for your next Biergarten-like party on the back deck.

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