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Golden Baked Pork Cutlets

Golden Baked Pork Cutlets

These quick breaded pork cutlets made with just a few ingredients are so delicious everyone will be wishing they helped make them. Cutting the super-low-fat pork tenderloin into long fillets makes it quick-cooking. Serve with a medley of steamed vegetables and a side of mashed potatoes for a taste of nostalgia.


4 servings

Prep Time

15 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes


  • 1pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1/2cup dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • 1teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 4teaspoons canola oil
  • 1large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 4teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Holding a chef’s knife at a 45° angle and perpendicular to the tenderloin, slice the pork into 4 long, thin “fillets.”
  3. Mix breadcrumbs, sugar, paprika, onion powder and salt in a shallow dish. Drizzle with oil and mash with a fork until the oil is thoroughly incorporated. Lightly beat egg white with a fork in another shallow dish. Sprinkle cornstarch over the pork slices and pat to coat evenly on both sides. Dip the pork into the egg, then press into the breading mixture until evenly coated on both sides. (Discard leftover mixture.)
  4. Place the pork on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until just barely pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 145°F, 14 to 16 minutes.


To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. To make fine breadcrumbs, process until very fine. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread coarse or fine breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 220kcal
Carbohydrate Total 11g
Total Sugars 1g
Added Sugars 1g
Fiber 1g
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Mono Saturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 376mg
Protein 26g
Potassium 475mg
Calcium 8mg
Folate 1mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 2mg
Vitamin B3 8mg

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