Are Schnitzel, Scallopini, and Cutlets the Same?

Are these various cuts of meat all the same thing? What’s the main difference between Schnitzel, Scallopini, and Cutlets?

Are these various cuts of meat all the same thing? What’s the main difference between Schnitzel, Scallopini, and Cutlets?

The Short Answer:

Yes, Schnitzel, Scallopini, and Cutlets are essentially the same thing

The Long Answer:

All three of these food items are thinly sliced meat that is tenderized or run through a cubing steak machine.

The interesting thing about schnitzel, scallopini, and cutlets, is that they can be cut from almost any kind of meat. I’ve seen these terms be applied to chicken, beef, pork, turkey, veal, lamb and more.

When prepared, they are typically breaded in an egg and flour combo and fried. (Though not always.)

So why do they go by different names? Location, location, location.

It all boils down to where you’re from.

Scallopini is an Italian translation of the French term Escalope, whereas Schnitzel is a Bavarian term. The word cutlet was first used in Britain and eventually made its way over to America.

So, there you have it. Cutlets, scallopini, and schnitzel are all essentially the same thing and it’s all a matter of geography.

Learn how to make Breaded Chicken Cutlets or skip the frying and try our Baked Chicken Cutlets.

Breaded Chicken Cutlets

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Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.