Crispy Pork Sandwich + Pickled Onions |

I came home with a shiny new meat pounder and needed a recipe to try it out right away. Crispy pork is the the first thing that came to mind. Pork Schnitzel sounded good, but coming up with a new dish that I’ve never made is always more fun, especially when it can be between two sesame buns. Crispy pork, pickles and pickled onions just sounded like they would go great together, and boy oh boy do they ever.

Everything about this sandwich is crispy. It’s not just the pork; the onions, pickles and bun all have their own unique ‘crispyness.’ This is a combination you NEED to try!

The pickled red onions can be ready in just 30 minutes, so start making those first (even a few hours ahead or the day before). They are delicious to eat by themselves and go great with so many other things.

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The three-step process that can do magical things to our food.

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There’s some thyme in the pickle brine and I added a little to the skillet when I was heating the oil to infuse some flavor. Be careful because the water int he thyme can pop when the oil gets hot.

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Get the pork really golden but keep your eye on it to make sure it it doesn’t burn.

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Toast the buns with a little olive oil on the cut surface then place them in a non-stick skillet for a few minutes, until they are crispy.

Crispy Pork Sandwich + Pickled Onions |

Crispy Pork Sandwich + Pickled Onions |

Crispy Pork Sandwich + Pickled Red Onions

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Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2


Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 red onion skin removed and cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar can substitute white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • sprig of thyme

Crispy Pork Sandwich

  • 2 6 to 8 oz boneless pork chops
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • canola oil for frying
  • 2 sesame buns
  • sliced pickles
  • mayonnaise
  • salt + pepper to taste


Pickled Red Onions

  • Break the onion pieces apart and place in a strainer. Pour about four cups of boiling water over the onions. This will change the chemistry a bit and reduce the potency so they aren't too strong.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a glass jar until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  • Add the onions to the jar and let them pickle for at least 30 minutes. An hour is even better and overnight is great too.

Crispy Pork Sandwich

  • Pound the pork chops with a meat hammer to flatten them to about 1/2" thick.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the milk and egg to combine. Add the panko bread crumbs and flour to two separate shallow bowls (I usually season each with a little salt + pepper). Dredge the pork in flour, then dip in the egg mixture and finally coat with the bread crumbs. You can prepare these ahead of time and refrigerate before cooking.
  • Heat 1/2" frying oil in a 12" cast iron skillet on high. When the oil is just beginning to smoke, add the breaded pork chops. Cook for about four minutes per side until crispy and done in the center. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and season with salt + pepper.
  • Toast the buns. Spray the inside with a little olive oil cooking spray and get them crispy in a hot non-stick skillet.
  • Spread a small amount of mayonnaise on the buns, then stack the pork, pickles and pickled onions. Serve immediately.


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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Adriaan says:

    I’ll make this today, my first try from your blog, but I have to get a meat hammer first . . .

    • justin says:

      Fantastic. Let me know how it is.

      You can use a small skillet that has a sturdy handle in place of a meat hammer. It’s a little more difficult to use, but the result can be the same. 🙂

      • Adriaan says:

        Those were great sandwiches and the recipe was easy to follow. I enjoyed my new gadget (hammer) and the flavors and different textures form a great balance. We tried both dill and bread-&-butter and dill pickles is definitely the way to go. Thanks for the blog, Justin!

  • This looks awesome, so happy to find your blog. Another SoCal male food blogger, we need that! Your About reminds me of a writer for Esquire, named Josh Ozersky, who says all you need is salt & pepper in a steak, and many other things.

  • Michele says:

    Will definitely have to make this!

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