Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe

Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe – also known as Balkanschnitzel or Paprikaschnitzel


Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe – Paprikaschnitzel

The Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe – Paprikaschnitzel can be made with pork meat or veal. You can bread the meat slices or just cover them with spiced flour before frying. It is a personal choice and both versions are right. The gravy for these Schnitzels consists of bell peppers and onions, enriched with tomatoes or tomato paste and spices. The name Zigeunerschnitzel is considered politically incorrect and many German restaurants therefore call these Schnitzels either Balkan Schnitzel or Paprika Schnitzel. This Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe serves about 6-8 people.

Ingredients for the meat for Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe:

  • 1 kg (2.2 lb.) of veal cutlets OR boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 cup of plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup of flour
  • 2 eggs XL
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • vegetable oil for frying the Schnitzel

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 300 g (10.58 oz) of onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 160 g (5.64 oz) of red bell peppers
  • 100 g (3.52 oz) of green bell peppers
  • 100 g (3.52 oz) of orange or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika mild
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika hot
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 200 ml (6.76 oz) of dry white wine 
  • 600 ml (1.26 pt) of water 
  • 2 cubes of Knorr vegetable bouillion
  • 2-3 tablespoons of corn starch

Ingredients Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe

Preparation of meat for Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe:

Wash the meat under running water and dry with a kitchen paper towel. Pound meat slices between plastic wrap using a meat tenderizer. On a large plate mix flour with pepper, salt and paprika. Beat the eggs in a small bowl or soup dish. Use a third plate for the breadcrumbs. Dip the Schnitzels on both sides, first in the spiced flour, then in the eggs and finally into the breadcrumbs.

Heat the oil and fry the Schnitzels for about 3-5 minutes on both sides over medium heat. Take the Schnitzels out and place them on a cooling rack covered with kitchen paper towel to absorb some of the oil. Move the Schnitzels to a plate and keep them warm.

Preparation Meat Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe      

Preparation of gravy for Zigeuner Schnitzel:

Wash the peppers, clean the seeds out and cut into strips. Peel the onion, cut into quarters and then into strips. Dice the garlic cloves.

Preparation Gravy Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe

For the gravy heat the oil in a saucepan. Add onions and garlic and fry until transparent. Mix the peppers into the onions and stir thoroughly. Add the tomato paste, mix and add in the wine and spice with paprika and salt. Crumble the vegetable cubes into the water (600 ml – 1.26 pt) and dissolve in the microwave. Pour the vegetable broth into the saucepan. Bring the gravy to a boil, turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. 

   Cooking Gravy Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe   

Dissolve cornstarch in about two tablespoons of water and thicken the gravy to your liking. If necessary spice up the gravy with a little more salt. You could serve the Zigeunerschnitzel – Paprikaschnitzel with Oma’s homemade spaetzle, rice or French fries.

Zigeuner Schnitzel Recipe




  • Helmut Lahl

    I am almost 70 years old and still remember when my mother made this dish 50-60 years ago up until I I was in my late teens. Thank you for reminding me of the wonderful times and my mother’s simple but oh-so-delicious cooking. I enjoy your site and recipes and share many of them with my facebook friends.

    • The Oma Way

      Helmut, thank you so much for your nice comment. I am always glad to have some feedback. Out of all the varieties of Schnitzel, the Paprika Schnitzel with the fresh bell peppers is my favorite by far. Served with the homemade spaetzle a dream. Thank you again, also for sharing yours, Oma

  • Helga DeLoach

    Hi Oma, I just like all you recipes.They still the way I remember old world cooking from my mom..I also very much like the way you show the ingredients in pictures. Love to look true your site, Thank you, Helga

    • The Oma Way

      Helga, thank you so much for your nice comment. I am always happy to receive feedback to make the site the best it can be. Yours, Oma