Everyone who knows my grandma loves her Milanesa empanizada (breaded Milanese). I learned how to cook thanks to her, and when I was 7 years old I learned how to cook this Milanesa de res recipe. I consider this recipe a basic on Mexican cuisine. You're gonna love it! You can serve this with French fries, rice, refried beans, or a salad (we use lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cucumber slices with a twist of lemon). Corn or flour tortillas go great with all this.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins
30 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Crack eggs in a medium bowl and beat slightly with a fork or whisk. Set aside. Place smashed crackers on a plate big enough for the steak.

  • Season steak with salt and pepper and soak in the beaten egg. Transfer to the smashed crackers and cover both sides with the crackers using a spoon; you can press a little bit with the spoon so that the crackers stick better.

  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom half of the steaks. Cook 2 steaks in the hot oil until crackers have turned light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and continue to cook until golden and meat is no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Repeat with remaining steaks.

Cook's Notes:

The normal recipe for this is with bread crumbs. But the crackers give a crispy taste and look. Don't make dust out of the crackers. Leave some cracker bits so the Milanesa will be more crispy.

You'll need round steaks that are about 1/4 inch thick.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

400 calories; protein 20g; carbohydrates 42.7g; fat 15.9g; cholesterol 123.2mg; sodium 732mg. Full Nutrition