A couple of times a year when German week happens at Aldi, there are a few items I always make a point to pick up. My family loves the cheese egg spaetzle. We’re also fans of the German cream cakes, German luxury cakes, the potato sticks, the German potato blend, the whole grain mustard, and the plain spaetzle.
Another item I like to purchase during German week is the schnitzel. Aldi has sold a couple of different types of schnitzel over the years. One is made with chicken. The other is made with pork. My family likes both types equally well. It’s easy to toss them frozen into a skillet with a little oil and fry them up so they’re crisp and golden.
Today, I’m taking a closer look at the pork schnitzel at Aldi. I like to serve this with spaetzle and other German side dishes, and it’s always a hit for dinner.
Deutsche Küche Pork Schnitzel cost $8.99 for a 24-ounce package at the time of publication. The package describes this as “uncooked pork loin with a delicious saltine cracker breading.” The package also states this is “inspired by Germany,” which means it’s not actually a product of Germany.
This is an Aldi Find, so it’s only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and after that sells out, it’s gone until the next German week. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that are not in stock at your local store.
If you’re looking out for allergens, this contains wheat, milk, and egg.
One box contains six servings, and one serving has 220 calories, 9 grams of total fat (12% DV), 3 grams of saturated fat (15% DV), 540 mg of sodium (23% DV), 15 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, and no added sugars.
This should be cooked from frozen to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Do not microwave it. The box has instructions for pan frying or deep frying this.
To pan fry, heat 1/8 of an inch of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Place the schnitzel in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.
To deep fry, heat oil to 350 degrees. Place schnitzel in the fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.
I have always pan fried schnitzel. One key to cooking it this way is to make sure the oil in the pan is very hot before adding the frozen schnitzel. I set a timer for about 5-7 minutes just to let the oil heat up. I often have to cook these for a couple of minutes longer on each side than the directions indicate, but that’s not really a problem. It is helpful to use a food thermometer when cooking these so you know when they’re fully cooked, since the pork is packaged raw. Generally, though, if the breading is golden brown, there’s a good chance they’re done.
I’ve heard of some people air frying these, but I have not yet tried that method myself.
Some readers have asked what the texture of the schnitzel is like. It’s similar to a giant chicken nugget, with tender meat on the inside and a crispy breading on the outside. It’s always a favorite among the kids and picky eaters in my family, especially when served with noodles of some kind.
If you want inspiration for a more complete meal, the box also has a recipe for Pork Jäger Schnitzel.
Pork Jäger Schnitzel:
- 2 Deutsche Küche Pork Schnitzels
- 4 Tbps. butter, divided
- 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 3 oz. dry white wine
- 1 package brown gravy mix
- 6 oz. egg noodles, cooked
- 2 tsp. parsley, chopped
- 1 large lemon, thinly sliced
- In a saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat until bubbly. Place schnitzel in the pan and cook 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel and plate.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until soft.
- Add white wine and reduce by half.
- Meanwhile, prepare gravy per package instructions. Add cooked gravy to mushroom mixture and stir. Spoon over schnitzel and serve over egg noodles. Garnish with parsley and lemon.
Deutsche Küche Pork Schnitzel is one of the German week offerings at Aldi and features a tender pork loin with a crispy breading. It’s easy to fry up and is great served along with other German favorites such as spaetzle, potatoes, or cabbage dishes. Don’t forget to pick up some German cake or cookies from Aldi for dessert as well.