Bistec Apanado // Pan-Fried Breaded Steak

Bistec apanado


Bistec apanado, or breaded steak, was a staple in my household growing up. My dad, my grandma, my grandpa, whoever was lead in the kitchen that day would toss this together as a quick and easy meal for the whole lot of us to eat. Sometimes we’d eat it alongside my grandma’s illustrious mashed potatoes and sometimes we’d eat it alongside plain white rice but always, always we’d eat it with a fried egg roosted on top.

This is humble, heart-pleasing food that feeds the soul and satisfies the tongue.


Bistec apanado // Pan-fried breaded steak (and fried egg!)

The classic version of this uses traditional bread crumbs salvaged from stale, day-old bread. I didn’t happen to have any bread around (gasp!) so I elected to use some of the Japanese Panko bread crumbs I had stored in the pantry closet. I shook them around a bit in the food processor to produce a finer shard to echo the texture of regular bread crumbs. The premise of this type of meal is that it’s quick, easy, and economical so buying affordable cuts of meat is encouraged. You can use round, flank, cubed steak, whatever looks good. I found thin cuts of chuck eye steak and they cooked up just fine. 

Serves 2-4 


2 beef shoulder chuck eye steaks, both cut in half to make 4

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and pepper

5 eggs

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs, blitzed in food processor until finely ground

Canola oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Side of white rice, if desired


Set up your flour dredging station. On one plate, mix together the flour with a generous showering of both salt and pepper. In another shallow bowl, whisk 1 egg to make an egg wash. On the third plate, mix together the finely ground Panko breadcrumbs with another helping of salt and pepper.

Place the steaks in between sheets of plastic wrap and whack them with something heavy, to tenderize slightly, or if you’re feeling lenient, simply pierce all over with a fork. Then, take each one and first, lay it onto the flour mixture, patting it heavily and covering both sides and then shaking off any excess. Next, dunk in egg wash on both sides. Let extra slide off. Last, lay onto Panko breadcrumbs, patting it down firmly on both sides to adhere.

Grab a large fry pan and pour in a couple tablespoons of canola oil. Turn the heat to medium-high and wait until the oil shimmers before laying in the steaks, probably 2 at a time to not overcrowd. Cook them until both sides are golden crunchy, about 3 minutes per side. Drain them onto a paper towel-lined platter. Continue with the rest of them.

When the frying  pan is free, drop in the 2 tablespoons of  butter and let foam and melt. Crack the eggs right in and baste them to cook, using a small spoon, with the butter and oil mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately over the steak, one fried egg per eater, with or without a side of steamed white rice.

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  • LeslieJanuary 31, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Definitely remember my mom making this dish! My stomach is literally growling.. Lol, will be making this soon:)ReplyCancel

  • betiJanuary 31, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    I love to make pan fried steak I think that it is onw of the best ways to eat it but sometimes I make it with chicken or pork, they all taste deliciousReplyCancel

  • fatpiginthemarketFebruary 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

    That looks so good and comforting. I’m looking forward to a breakfast like that once Fitness February is over at my house. C’mon March!ReplyCancel

  • Island VittlesFebruary 1, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Fried breaded meat? Yes please! Looks fab. TheresaReplyCancel

  • SusanFebruary 7, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    (Sharp intake of breath)…. breaded steak!!!!!
    I have some rump steak in the fridge which has this recipe stamped on it now! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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