Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is my absolute favorite Japanese food. (What's not to like? It's fried!) I was introduced to this by Japanese exchange students I was hosting. The tonkatsu sauce is purchased at most grocery stores in the Asian foods section. Serve on a bed of shredded cabbage, for presentation. Serve with TONKATSU Sauce (the database won't let me add this as an ingredient).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pound pork to 1/4-inch thickness.
  2. Coat with flour, then dip into egg, and finally coat thoroughly with Panko.
  3. Deep fry in 1 inch vegetable oil, heated to 350º, 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  4. Serve on bed of shredded cabbage, for presentation.
  5. Serve with Tonkatsu sauce.
  6. NOTE: If you can't find Panko, you may use crushed corn flakes.
Most Helpful

Very quick and easy main dish!! I made one serving for my lunch today and made the Tonkatsu Sauce to serve with it. Next time I will add some salt, pepper and maybe garlic powder to the flour mixture for some added flavor to the pork itself. Served it with an Asian Slaw with Ponzu Dressing. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for Culinary Quest 2015.

diner524 August 07, 2015

Excellent! I have been making this for decades and it's always a winner!

K9 Owned August 05, 2015

Besides some sushi, this is my absolute favorite Japanese dish! I always make it this way but have heard from one Japanese person to add a little Saki to the egg mixture. Tastes great either way and the Tonkatsu sauce is a definite must, easy to find near the soy sauce at the grocery store and delicious!!! My whole family LOVES this dish!!

melissawinger1 June 06, 2011