Zigeunerschnitzel - Gypsy Style Schnitzel


A few days ago I made Jägerschnitzel aka Hunter Style Schnitzel. Today I came up with another popular dish from Germany, which is also schnitzel, but it is served with a different type of sauce that is Zigeuner sauce, or gypsy style sauce. As the name suggests, the sauce is slightly more piquant and has appealing, bright, red colour. Very tasty and definitely worth a try!

Zigeunerschnitzel - serves 2

The Cutlets
  • 2 chicken/pork/veal cutlets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
The Gypsy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder (or to taste)
  • Beef/Chicken powder to taste
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 250 ml cream
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper

The Cutlets
  1. Set the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in three different shallow bowls.
  2. Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to the egg bowl and mix well.
  3. One at a time, dredge the cutlet in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs.
  4. Repeat step 3 one more time (optional).
  5. Deep-fry the cutlets until golden brown.
  6. Serve with gypsy sauce, salad and fries.
The Gypsy Sauce
  1. Sauté chopped onion and garlic with 1 Tbsp of oil.
  2. Add tomato paste, ground paprika, cayenne powder and beef powder.
  3. Pour the cream and mix well.
  4. Add bell pepper slices and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Dust with flour and season with sugar and pepper. Cook until sauce is thickened.

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  1. Yummy... A very rich dish! Love the chips and the gipsy sauce must be wonderful!


  2. wow tempting recipe..mouth watering dear...

  3. So hungry right now by looking the plate.. Ah, you really make me miss German food :)

  4. Such a bright and colourful dish. It certainly looks tempting.

  5. I never heard of gipsy sauce, thank you for sharing.


  6. I remember gypsy sauce from when I was a young girl in Germany. I used to have gypsy bratwurst, gypsy Schaschlik(beef kebab) and gypsy schnitzel. Just last week I made it here in Australia out of what I remembered was in it. And I came very close to the taste. Only missed the red wine :-) Will have it for Christmas with wine. I also use garlic and tabasco.