Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

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

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  1. Elizabeth W.
    I combined your miso broth with the tonkatsu for a rif on a noodle bowl that my daughter and I had at a noodle restaurant in Durham, NH. We loved it! And we love all your recipes!
  2. diner524
    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.
  3. K9 Owned
    Excellent! I have been making this for decades and it's always a winner!
  4. melissawinger1
    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!!
  5. Marisa Cormier
    This came out great! we really enjoyed it.



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