Milanesas de Carne: The Best Breaded Beef Fillets

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When I first relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of the first local dishes I tried was milanesas de carne, or breaded beef fillets.

Make your own delicious milanesas at home, Argentinian-style breaded beef fillets: https://foodal.com/recipes/beef/milanesas-de-carne/

A typical Argentine dish that you will find in almost every restaurant, it is usually deep-fried and served with french fries, and sometimes even topped with a fried egg, sunny side up.

But my boyfriend’s mum likes to make a healthier version.

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Instead of deep-frying, she bakes them in the oven, and serves them with a fresh green salad instead of fries. Perhaps surprisingly, her baked milanesas still taste extremely good – maybe even better than the traditional version.

Since trying hers, I’ve learned to make them and have started making my own at home.

Make a healthier version of crispy and delicious Milanesas de Carne at home, baked in the oven and served with a squeeze of lemon. We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/beef/milanesas-de-carne/

This recipe is truly simple – essentially, all you need is a couple of beaten eggs, some seasoned breadcrumbs, and thinly sliced sirloin fillets.

I usually just tell the butcher I will be making milanesas, and ask him to slice the sirloin steak in very thin strips since he has a good knife.

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Thin fillets will bake quickly, so they don’t require much time in the oven.

I also like to season my breadcrumbs with granulated garlic and dried parsley, and a bit of salt to give it more flavor.

Homemade Breaded Beef Fillets (Milanesas de Carne)| Foodal.com

You start by dipping the fillets in the beaten eggs, then coat them in the seasoned breadcrumbs before baking them until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides.

The Best Milanesas de Carne (Breaded Beef Fillets) | Foodal.com

This incredibly easy recipe makes quite an addictive meal, and I know your guests will be asking for more!

Let’s head straight to the recipe and start cooking.

The Recipe

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Milanesas de carne are breaded beef fillets, baked to golden brown perfection. Crispy on the outside, they're absolutely delicious with fresh lemon juice.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Recipe for Breaded Beef Fillets | Foodal.com
Milanesas de Carne (Breaded Beef Fillets)
Votes: 10
Rating: 3.7
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Milanesas de carne are breaded beef fillets, baked to golden brown perfection. Crispy on the outside, they're absolutely delicious with fresh lemon juice.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, sliced very thinly
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • Fresh lemon slices, for garnish
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat the eggs in a shallow dish.
  3. Combine the breadcrumbs with the salt, granulated garlic, and dried parsley in another shallow dish, and mix well.
  4. Dip a slice of sirloin steak in the beaten eggs, then coat them with the breadcrumb mixture on both sides, patting down with your fingers until the whole surface is well coated. Repeat until you have coated all of the beef.
  5. Coat a large baking sheet with vegetable oil, and place it in the preheated oven for five minutes, until the oil is hot.
  6. Place the breaded beef fillets on the baking sheet in a single layer, without any overlap. If necessary, cook them in two or three batches. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping once after 15 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  7. Serve with fresh lemon slices and a fresh green salad, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and a hint of balsamic vinegar.
Recipe Notes

Tip: If you prefer chicken to beef, simply substitute chicken cutlets to make milanesas de pollo instead of milanesas de carne.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Milanesas de Carne (Breaded Beef Fillets)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 612 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 965mg 40%
Potassium 380mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 16%
Iron 31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 –Prepare Your Mise en Place

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Get your ingredients ready.

The Best Breaded Beef Fillets (Milanesas de Carne) | Foodal.com

Prepare the beef. It’s best to ask your butcher to slice the beef thinly, unless you have a very sharp knife at home and can do it yourself.

Foodal’s guides to the best kitchen knives will help you to find what you’re looking for.

Measure out the breadcrumbs, salt, powdered garlic, and dried parsley.

Step 2 – Beat the Eggs

Break the eggs into a shallow dish and beat them well.

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You could use a fork for this, or a small whisk.

Step 3 – Make the Breadcrumb Mixture

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In another shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, salt, granulated garlic, and dried parsley.

Recipe for Breaded Beef Fillets (Milanesas de Carne) | Foodal.com

Mix well until the ingredients are well combined.

Step 4 – Dip and Coat

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Take a slice of beef and dip it into the beaten eggs, coating both sides of the fillet.

Homemade Milanesas (Breaded Beef Fillets) | Foodal.com

Next, coat each slice of meat with the breadcrumb mixture.

Breaded Beef Fillets Recipe | Foodal.com

Make sure the entire surface is coated well on both sides.

Step 5 – Heat up the Oil

Pour enough oil onto a large metal baking sheet to coat the bottom.

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven for five minutes, until the oil is hot.

Step 6 – Bake

Once the oil is hot and sizzling, place the breaded beef fillets in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake them for 20 minutes.

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This is very important. In order to cook them properly and to get that nice golden brown crust on the outside, you don’t want any of the pieces to overlap. Bake them in multiple batches if necessary.

Homemade Milanesas de Carne | Foodal.com

Quickly remove the pan from the oven and flipping each piece over after the first 15 minutes of cooking, and continue to bake until they are golden brown.

Dinner is Served!

As soon as the milanesas come out of the oven, simply garnish them with fresh lemon slices and serve with a fresh green salad. 

Milanesas de Carne: The Best Breaded Beef Fillets | Foodal.com

I like to toss my leafy greens with a generous glug of olive oil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. If you’re still craving french fries as a side dish, but still want to eat healthy, try our recipe for oven-baked crispy green bean fries for a healthier alternative! 

Love this Argentine dish? We have more! Try my recipe for the best choripan, served with fresh chimichurri sauce, as well as my recipe for hearty Argentine lentil stew

For another quick salad idea to serve alongside the main meal, try our fresh carrot raisin salad with lemon aioli!

Have you made breaded fillets before? Let us know in the comments below!


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Milanesas de carne or breaded beef fillets are a simple staple dish in Argentina. Best served with a fresh salad and a squeeze of lemon juice, they’re baked until golden brown, and deliciously crispy. Get the recipe now on Foodal.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

4 thoughts on “Milanesas de Carne: The Best Breaded Beef Fillets”

  1. I just made these in the oven. They turned out good instead of pan frying. My family love them. Bought the pack of meat but didn’t know how to cook it. Thanks.

  2. The milanesa recipe didn’t state the amount of vegetable oil needed. Please let me know how much oil to add in the baking dish.

    • Hi Blanca! You’ll need just enough to coat the baking sheet with a thin layer of oil- about 1 tablespoon or less, spread evenly with a silicone brush or pastry brush if you like. Enjoy!

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