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pork tenderloin on a sesame seed bun.

Classic Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Perfect pork sandwich just like I remember as a kid.
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Keyword breaded pork tenderloin, breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, breaded tenderloin, pork tenderloin sandwich recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 425kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 12 oz . pork tenderloin , sliced into 4, 1" fillets then butterflied and pounded to 1/4" to 3/8" thickness
  • 4 bakery hamburger buns , insides lightly buttered and toasted on the stove top in a heavy skillet, kept warm in a low oven.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers (40 crackers)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • vegetable oil , enough to fill a large skillet 1/2 inch deep, about 1 cup
  • lettuce leaves
  • sliced red onion
  • hamburger pickle slices
  • yellow mustard


  • Lightly butter then toast the buns in a heavy skillet on the stovetop and keep warm.
  • Cut, butterfly, and pound the pork thin, (1/4" to 3/8"), with a tenderizing mallet and place on a plate
  • Beat eggs and milk together and place in a large, shallow bowl or pie plate.
  • Put saltines in a food processor and pulse until you have a coarse to medium chop then add onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and give one or two more pulses to combine.
  • Put saltines in a shallow bowl or pie plate.
  • Put flour in a shallow bowl and set up a dredging line with flour first, eggs second and saltines last.
  • Heat vegetable oil to 350°-375°m preferably in a cast iron skillet or other heavy skillet.
  • Take one of the pork fillets and coat with flour, then place in the egg wash, let the excess drip off then place in the seasoned cracker crumbs and coat well by patting the crumbs on.
  • Place in the 350° oil for 1 1/2 to 2 mins. until the crumbs are browned.
  • Use a spatula and fork to gently turn to the other side and fry that side until browned 1 1/2 to 2 mins.
  • Remove from the oil and place on a cooling rack over a paper towel lined baking sheet and place in a warm oven.
  • Continue with the remaining pork.
  • Serve right away on the hamburger bun with lettuce, pickles, onion and mustard. (A tomato slice is good also).


  1. This recipe will also work with store bought tenderized pork loin cutlets. Just make sure they are 1/4" to 3/8" thick and trim any fat from the edges.
  2. Canola oil or corn oil is the best for frying.
  3. An instant read thermometer or a laser type thermometer is good to use to make sure the oil doesn't get too cool or too hot. 


Calories: 425kcal