Steak Cutlets Caprese

Friday, February 16, 2018
This Steak Cutlet Caprese is sure to impress everyone with its fresh flavors, and so easy to make!

The best meals are most of the time the easy ones that look gourmet when they take no time at all to create!

Just a few ingredients and you will make a perfect dinner that everyone will rave about.

This steak cutlet Caprese is sure to impress everyone with its fresh flavors. It's such a great looking dish!

It's my go-to recipe for many types of meat and this steak is so tender.

You can throw this together real quick, even if you worked all day or been extremely busy.

This steak cuts like butter it's so tender!

These come out great with a drizzle of olive oil and baked, fried or even in an air fryer!

Try this recipe with chicken, fish and even with venison!

If you love caprese salad check out my simple bruschetta, my panzanella salad is awesome, tortellini salad recipe or my holiday insalata caprese salad.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card or check out the easy video.

Fried steak cutlets with mozzarella, fresh basil and tomatoes

Fried or Baked?

When I was growing up mom always seemed to fry everything.

I got away from it as I got older and wanted to bake everything.

Today I treated myself and went for frying.

Yes, I know it's not the healthiest way to eat anything but I always go back to thinking how mom and dad lived well into their 80's and that's how we cooked.

Fried steak cutlets with mozzarella, fresh basil and tomatoes on a white plate with sprigs of fresh parsley

Mom's Best Recipe for Cutlets

Today I made mom's famous easy cutlet recipe.

I used canola oil and I made it caprese style and air fried them easily, they came out great!

I know she would have loved what I did to this delicious fried steak if she was still here with us.

Bake, air fry or pan-fry it's your choice!


To save time:

  1. buy frozen breaded meats or seafood
  2. air fry or bake them to save calories
  3. use a bottled dressing that you like or try some of our favorites for a change like my Blue Cheese Dressing, Ranch or Greek Homemade Dressing.
  4. for fewer calories use unbreaded meats and seafood 
  5. substitute cheese with cucumbers

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Fresh Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs Make this Dish

I love using plum tomatoes and then the mozzarella with a touch of olive oil and vinegar.

I used lemon juice today to make the photo look prettier.

I prefer to eat this with aged balsamic vinegar.

It makes everything taste better, mine was 18 years aged and very sweet.

The smell still lingers in the house after you fry the meat and makes my mouth water even after I ate!

Plum tomato slices on a cutting board with a sharp knife


try some alternatives to steak

  • chicken breast boneless
  • fish, cod, haddock or another white firm firm
  • cube steaks
  • venison steaks
  • turkey cutlets
  • boneless pork tenderloin 
  • veal
  • lamb
  • for a healthy alternative  to meat or vegetarian ( baked eggplant or cauliflower  steaks can be used baked or air fried)

Fried steak cutlets with mozzarella, fresh basil and tomatoes

Cutting Carbs and Tips

Substitutions for Bread Crumbs:

  • Oat flour
  • Pork rinds
  • Almond meal
  • Coconut flour

Just season with the same ingredients listed in the recipe card.
My first preference in these substitutions is coconut flour, also you can use just egg whites instead of a whole egg.

Steak Cutlets Caprese is a steak with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, fresh basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Try Some of My Other Favorite Recipes:

Chicken Mushroom Parmesan
Fried then Baked Lemon Italian Style Wings
One Pan Chicken Stew
Game Herb Crusted Hens

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this is a pin for later steak with salad on top

Easy Caprese Meals

Steak Caprese is an easy meal that can be adapted from meat to vegetarian with no problem.

This all in one meal is salad and meat all in one beautifully presented plate and so delicious.

The meat or vegetables can be baked, air fried, pan fried and the topping can even be changed to a different vegetable or cheese.

All you need is to put on a creative thinking cap on the foods your family loves and make your own style topped meat.

If you're a big salad lover also try some arugula, blue cheese crumbles and tomato it's my all time favorite and sometimes even candied pecans!

You can also cook them first and freeze them and the combinations of toppings can be endless.

I hope that gave you some great suggestions for meal planning!

Steak Cutlets Caprese

Yield: 4
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
A delicious steak covered in flavored Italian bread crumbs, fried, air fried or baked. Whichever you decide to cook this I have instructions here for you. A healthier alternative for dieters and calorie counters.


  • 4 to 5 thin slices of beef, veal or lean pork ( I used rump roast sliced for my cutlets) you can also use chicken, venison, turkey or even cube steaks
  • Pound them with a mallet meat tenderizer covering the cutlets with wax paper
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs seasoned with 1 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, paprika, granulated garlic powder
  • 1 egg beaten with 1/4 cup water
  • Garnish freshly thin-sliced plum tomatoes
  • thick-sliced mozzarella cheese (whole milk)
  • fresh basil leaves
  • good grade olive oil, balsamic vinegar to drizzle over the tops you can also use any vinegar dressing you prefer
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying


How to cook Steak Cutlets Caprese

  1. Tenderize the meat by using a meat pounder. 
  2. Place the meat into the egg mixture. 
  3. Dip the meat into the bread crumbs. 
  4. Fry in hot oil on both sides until brown.
  5. If using the air fryer method, place steaks on oil sprayed foil that is poked with holes. 
  6. Place the air fryer on 400 degrees for 12 minutes.  Air fry until golden brown.
  7. If using the baking method:
  8. Place steaks on parchment paper. drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees and flip once until browned around 20 minutes.
  10. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  11.  Add the tomatoes and mozzarella to the top of the meat after it's cooked but still warm. 
  12. Garnish with fresh basil. 
  13. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar if desired. 
  14. I also like some oregano on mine.
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Steak Cutlets Caprese is a steak with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, fresh basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

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Upstate NY Apple Pie
Pizza Dough
Cafe Almond Paste Cookie
Cannoli Stuffed French Toast
Zeppole St Joseph's Day
Cannoli Homemade

Fried steak cutlets with mozzarella, fresh basil and tomatoes


  1. o my this is so delicious! Can't take my eyes off from that golden crisp steak.

  2. Good looking cutlets with a very nice crust - hard to beat fried.

  3. What a versatile recipe! I'd try it with chicken first!!!

  4. All these great flavors working together - easy to make - I am there - YUM!

  5. I agree, Claudia! Sometimes you just gotta splurge and treat yourself, and frying is one of those treats! A beautiful recipe, luv!

  6. Never thought of associating Caprese in a beef cutlet, such a great recipe, Claudia! Thank you for sharing!

  7. The best food is the kind that reminds us of family! My mom used to fry a lot of food, too... And you're right, you've got to splurge sometimes! This looks wonderful! Adding it to my Must Make List!

  8. These look seriously delicious! What an awesome way to use some of the tomatoes and basil my garden will produce this summer.


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