Vegan Fried Steak Schnitzel Recipe

Cotolette alla Milanese are one of the many dishes we remember from our childhood in Italy. Traditionally, they're made from a "bone-in" milk-fed veal cutlet, covered in eggy breadcrumbs and then shallow fried in clarified butter. Pretty much as non-vegan as it gets! We've always considered this dish as something that belongs to our past.. so we decided to give it a go with a pack of steaks we had left over one day.. what a revelation! They're tender, crispy and totally satisfying. Honestly, you've got to try these. 


Two 100g Steaks;
Soy sauce to marinade;
Corn flour to coat;
Bread crumbs to coat;
A little sparkling water;
Optional herbs/spices to marinade;
Oil for frying (if frying).

A few bowls for the marinade and the batter;
A frying pan;
Kitchen paper to absorb the oil;
Baking paper.



1. Put your two steaks in a shallow bowl and cover in soy sauce (plus any additional herbs and spices you fancy) to marinade, leave them to soak for about 10-15 minutes.

2. In the meantime, add a few tablespoons of cornflour to a bowl and gradually add the sparkling water whilst continually mixing with a fork or whisk so as not to create any lumps. Continue to add water until you obtain a slightly runny paste (if you don't want to fry the fillets later, add a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil per fillet, and turn your oven up to about 180°C).

3. Spread out a good layer of breadcrumbs on a sheet of baking paper, and when the fillets are ready, coat them in a little cornflour to lock in the soy sauce. Then dip them into the 'batter' you made in step 2.

4. Finally, place them on the bed of breadcrumbs and shake 'em up by lifting the baking paper from side to side so that they're completely coated in breadcrumbs.

5. Heat up the oil in a pan until it reaches boiling point, and drop a clump of battered breadcrumbs in it to test. If they start sizzling, take them out with a slotted spoon or a fork and add the fillets to the oil (be careful!). Let them fry for a few minutes, turning them over from time to time until they become golden brown and crispy. When they're ready, carefully remove them from the pan and place them on a few sheets of folded kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. 

6. Serve drizzled with a little fresh lemon juice alongside a few leaves, fresh tomatoes and plenty of veg! You're welcome!

Vegan Fried Steak Schnitzel Recipe