Our 30-minute version of steak alla Milanese is a delicious combination of breaded steak served over sautéed spinach and topped with marinara.

A plate of lightly breaded steak served over sautéed spinach, topped with marinara sauce.

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.

If you have a little more time, you can replace the garlic bread with a heartier side dish like garlic mashed potatoes or garlic-buttered pasta shells.

A serving of Steak alla Milanese on a bed of spinach.

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Steak alla Milanese

Steak alla Milanese

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Our 30-minute version of steak alla Milanese is a delicious combination of breaded steak served over sautéed spinach and topped with marinara.

Ingredients

  • 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]

Instructions

  • 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.
Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 400mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g
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