How to crumb and cook beef
What you need to know
Start with the right beef cut
- Thin beef escalopes
- Thinly sliced beef schnitzel slightly flattened with mallet
Create your tasty crumbs
- Use a mix of half fresh and half dried breadcrumbs.
- For delicious flavour, add 2 tbsp grated parmesan or pecorino and some chopped parsley.
- Or why not use a half-half combo of dried breadcrumbs and dry seasoned stuffing mix?
- For a lovely light and crunchy coating, use deliciously flaky Japanese-style panko crumbs.
Select your oil
- Grapeseed and sunflower oil are good, inexpensive, all-purpose frying oils.
- Olive oil's smoke point of 210°C makes it a good choice for frying. The digestibility of olive oil is not affected when it's heated, even when re-used for frying.
- Rice bran oil has a high smoke point of 250°C, making it good for frying crumbed beef.
Prep for action
Use three deep plates to crumb the beef, topping up as needed.
Plate 1 Plain flour seasoned with salt and pepper
Plate 2 Beaten egg with a little oil or milk to help crumbs stick
Plate 3 Crumb mixture
Crumb your beef
- Dust beef in flour. Shake off excess then coat in lightly beaten egg. Dip into crumbs and shake off excess.
- Place crumbed beef in a dish in a single layer, or between sheets of baking paper, so the crumb coating doesn't go soggy.
- Chef's Tip Rest crumbed beef in the fridge for 15 minutes before frying. This ensures the coating sticks perfectly to the meat.
Now let those crumbs fry!
- Shallow-frying is the most popular method of cooking crumbed beef.
- Add enough oil to a medium-sized, heavy-based pan to come halfway up the side of the pan. Heat over a moderately high heat until hot.
- Cook crumbed beef in batches and don't overcrowd the pan. Cook on both sides until lightly golden.
- Chef's Tip Reheat the oil between batches. If the oil isn't hot enough, it won’t seal the crumb coating and the crumbs will become saturated with oil.
- Drain on paper towel after cooking. Keep warm in a moderate oven while you cook remaining batches.
If your oil begins to smoke, turn the heat down immediately!
Or oven-bake crumbed beef if preferred
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Put a rack on a baking tray and spray with cooking oil spray.
- Place crumbed beef on the rack without overlapping. Spray generously with the oil spray.
- Cook for about 8 minutes on one side. Turn the meat, spray with oil, then cook a further 8–10 minutes or until golden.