I always like to have a few quick meal options in my back pocket and Skillet Cutlets is one of them. Thin pieces of meat are quick to cook and with a wide variety of sauces available, the meal options are endless!
You can use pork, chicken, fish or beef for this recipe. It’s best to get slices that are 1″ thick or much less. If you get thicker cuts of meat you can thaw the meat slightly, if frozen, and it will be easier to cut thinner slices for quicker cooking this way.
Each cut of meat should only take about 2-3 minutes per side to cook in a pan containing olive oil and butter melted.
Once meat is cut to desired thickness, pound it for even thickness. Sprinkle both sides with salt and garlic powder. You can dredge your cutlets in flour at this point or just leave them plain for a gluten free option.
Heat your pan and add equal amounts of olive oil and butter. When pan is heated, add cutlets to cover bottom of pan. Do not pile cutlets on top of each other. Cook about 3 minutes on one side (fish will not take as long) and flip cutlet over to cook on other side.
Remove cutlets from pan and cover them to keep them warm. Keep cooking until all cutlets are cooked.
Mix up about 1/2 c liquid per 4 servings. Liquid can include chicken broth, soy sauce (or Braggs Liquid Aminos for less sodium), minced garlic, pepper, crushed tomatoes, diced onions, basil, parsley, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, or any other spices you like including essential oils. You won’t want to add ALL of these ingredients, just the ones that create the taste you desire for your dish. These different liquids and vegetables can be changed up each time making for a unique dish each time.
Pour the liquid sauce into your hot pan where meat has been removed. Stir carefully and scrape all the meat pieces from the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. This will make for a great flavor. Simmer and stir about 10 minutes until liquid is reduced by about half.
Spoon liquid over each of the skillet cutlets and serve. These can be served with noodles, rice, potatoes or just a nice selection of vegetables. Enjoy!
Want more family friendly recipes like this? Check out my cookbooks – Smart Way Cooking and Cooking from Your Cupboard. These were written by me out of necessity to find family friendly meals that are easy to make and get me out of the kitchen quickly so that I can get on to other fun family activities.