Milanesa de Res

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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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 large eggs, or more as needed

  • 40 saltine crackers, smashed

  • 4 thin slices boneless round steak

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

400 Calories
16g Fat
43g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 732mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 20g
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 231mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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