Steak Alla Milanese
Our 30-minute version of steak alla Milanese is a delicious combination of breaded steak served over sautéed spinach and topped with marinara.
The term alla Milanese is Italian for “in the style of Milan.” Generally, this refers to a thin portion of some type of protein (see below), dipped in egg, coated in a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, and shallow-fried in butter.
Pork, chicken, veal, beef, and fish can all be prepared alla Milanese, but steak is our favorite choice because it allows you to turn less-expensive cuts of beef into a fabulous meal in less than 30 minutes.
Thinly pounding a cut of steak like top sirloin makes the meat tender and allows for quick cooking. That’s an important factor for a recipe like this one because the breadcrumb coating can get crispy and brown without burning, and the meat will still be cooked through.
How to serve Steak alla Milanese
For a quick, weeknight meal, we like to plate our steak on a bed of sautéed spinach, top it with a spoonful of homemade marinara sauce, and add a slice or two of garlic bread on the side.
More steak recipes:
- Warm Steak and Potato Salad
- Easy Pepper Steak
- Mirin-Marinated Steak with Asian Chimichurri
- Marinated Strip Steaks with D.I.Y. Steak Sauce
- Breakfast Flank Steak and Eggs with Guacamole
Steak alla Milanese
- 1 lb top sirloin steak
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Sautéed spinach
- [Marinara sauce]
- Cut the steak into 4 equal size portions and pound until each piece is between 1/4 and 3/8-inch thick.
- Whisk the egg and milk together in a shallow dish.
- Thoroughly combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper on a plate.
- Dip the steaks in the egg, then press firmly into the breadcrumb mixture to be sure the coating adheres and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the steaks in a single layer and cook, turning several times, until the outsides are crisp and golden brown, about 4 minutes total for medium doneness.
- To serve, plate individual portions of sautéed spinach, top each with a piece of steak and spoon some marinara sauce over the top.