What Are Different Schnitzel Sauces?

Bobbie Fredericks

Although schnitzel did not originally have a sauce, there are several different schnitzel sauces that have been developed over the years. Some schnitzel dishes with sauce include jaeger schnitzel, zigeuner schnitzel, and paprika schnitzel. There are also types of schnitzel toppings that are not sauces, such as melted cheese.

Capers can be included in some schnitzel sauces.
Capers can be included in some schnitzel sauces.

Schnitzel is meat dish, typically veal, that has been pounded thin. It can be breaded or unbreaded, and is pan fried until golden brown. Similar meat dishes existed as early as Ancient Rome.

Red peppers, which can be used to make schnitzel sauce.
Red peppers, which can be used to make schnitzel sauce.

The most common form of schnitzel is weiner schnitzel. This Austrian dish is a thin veal cutlet that has been dipped in flour, egg, and bread crumbs, and then fried until golden brown. It is usually served with a lemon wedge. Some German restaurants now offer weiner schnitzel sauces. One of these sauces is made with white wine, lemon juice, and heavy cream.

One common schnitzel sauce is seasoned with paprika.
One common schnitzel sauce is seasoned with paprika.

Jaeger sauce is another popular schnitzel sauce. The sauce is made with mushrooms, cream, and sometimes red wine. A dish topped with this sauce is called jaeger schnitzel. The meat used for this schnitzel can be veal, pork, or venison, and can be plain or breaded in the same fashion as weiner schnitzel.

Chicken cordon bleu is a popular variation of schnitzel.
Chicken cordon bleu is a popular variation of schnitzel.

Two schnitzel sauces, called zigeuner and paprika, are tomato based. Zigeuner schnitzel can be made with veal, pork, turkey, or chicken that is coated in either flour or breadcrumbs. The tomato sauce is made with peppers, mushrooms, onions, red wine, and chicken broth. Paprika schnitzel is made with the same meats as ziegner schnitzel, and the sauce is seasoned with paprika and red peppers.

Black pepper can be added to schnitzel sauce.
Black pepper can be added to schnitzel sauce.

Rahm schnitzel is made with turkey, pork, or veal. It is coated in flour and then fried. The sauce is made with white wine, heavy cream, and black pepper.

There are other toppings for schnitzel other than schnitzel sauces. Schnitzel Holstein is topped with a fried egg, onions, and capers. The meat used is veal, pork, turkey, or chicken.

Käse schnitzel is made with veal, turkey, chicken, or pork. It is coated with bread crumbs and Asiago cheese and then fried. When finished, it is topped with more cheese.

Cordon bleu is a schnitzel dish from Switzerland. It is traditionally made with veal, but pork, turkey, and chicken may also be used. It is stuffed with ham and cheese. Parisian schnitzel is a dish from France. It is a veal cutlet dipped in egg and flour, and then fried.

The typical schnitzel features a veal cutlet.
The typical schnitzel features a veal cutlet.

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Discussion Comments


I enjoy schnitzel and have tried many variations of it. The best schnitzel recipe I ever had was made with scallops. That is one reason I like eating schnitzel is you can change it to your tastes and use a lot of different kinds of meat.

Just by using a different meat can completely change the taste of the whole dish. Whenever I make this with scallops, I love to cut up a lemon and drizzle lemon juice over the dish before eating it.

The extra lemon adds a special zest that is very appealing. The lemon wedges also look nice as a garnish on the plate when you are serving it.


The first time I tried schnitzel in a restaurant, it was not served with a sauce. I enjoyed the dish very much and when I got home, looked online to see how I could make this myself.

When I saw all the different sauces that were also served with this, I decided to make a sauce with mine. Since I was going to be using pork as my meat instead of veal, I found a recipe that had a delicious pork schnitzel sauce to go with it.

Even though the base of this sauce is a chicken gravy, when you blend it with garlic and mushrooms, it complements the pork and is very tasty.


My favorite kind of schnitzel is a cordon bleu recipe that I tried at a friends house. Since I am not a big fan of veal, I like to make my recipe with chicken. This is the only substitution I make, and stuff it with ham and cheese like the original recipe calls for.

You can use whatever cheese you like to suit your taste, or to try something different. I will usually use swiss cheese, but also like provolone with this recipe as well.

I also make a creamy white sauce to serve with this schnitzel that really adds to the flavor. Even though I don't make schnitzel too often, it is always a special treat when I take the time and effort to do it.

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