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Tonkatsu and Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe for Two

Tonkatsu and Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu is super easy to make, delicious and satisfying. Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish which consists of a pork cutlet coated in Panko Japanese bread crumb breading, fried and then topped with Tonkatsu sauce. The homemade Tonkatsu sauce is tangy and delicious.

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Tonkatsu is often served with shredded cabbage but we like it much better with broccoli slaw or coleslaw. You can also use chicken instead of pork using this same recipe.

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How to make Tonkatsu and Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce:

For the Katsu Sauce:

If you’ve been wondering how to make Tonkatsu Sauce, it’s really quite easy.

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In a 7 ounce ramekin, stir ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, and garlic together in a bowl. Let flavors blend for at least 1/2 hour. Click for 7 ounce ramekins.

Tonkatsu and Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce - mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl

For the pork:

Gently pound the pork between two slices of plastic wrap, or in a zipper baggie, until about 1/2 inch thick.

two pork loins in a zipper baggie with a meat mallet on top

Season the cutlets with the salt and pepper.

two pork loins on a cutting board sprinkled with salt and pepper

Dust them with flour and shake off the excess.

a pork loin in a square container covered with flour

Dip them in the beaten egg.

a pork loin in a square container covered in flour and raw whisked egg

Then coat the chops well in the Panko crumbs. Panko is found in almost any grocery store, usually near the other bread crumbs.

a pork loin in a container covered in panko bread crumbs

Preheat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat or to 350 degrees F (180 C) in an electric skillet. Fry the cutlets until golden brown on each side. Mine took about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a wire rack for just a couple of minutes. Click for a non-stick frying pan.

two breaded pork loins frying in a pan

Serve with shredded cabbage (or broccoli slaw or coleslaw) and Tonkatsu sauce.

Tonkatsu and Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce for Two

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Yield: 2 servings

Tonkatsu with Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce

a plate with a breaded pork loin, chopsticks, and a bowl of coleslaw on it, and a bowl on the side with brown sauce in it

This dish is super easy to make, delicious and satisfying. Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish which consists of a pork cutlet coated in Panko Japanese bread crumb breading, fried and then topped with Tonkatsu sauce. This homemade sauce is tangy and delicious.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Tonkatsu Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

For the Pork:

  • 2 boneless pork loin (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup Japanese Panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canola oil (for frying)

Instructions

For the Tonkatsu Sauce:

  1. In a 7 ounce ramekin, stir ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, and garlic together in a bowl. Let flavors blend for at least 1/2 hour. Click for 7 ounce ramekins.

For the Pork:

  1. Gently pound the pork between two slices of plastic wrap until about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Season the cutlets with the salt and pepper. Dust them with flour and shake off the excess. Dip them in the beaten egg and then coat well in the Panko crumbs.
  3. Preheat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat or to 350 degrees F (180 C) in an electric skillet. Fry the cutlets until golden brown on each side. Drain on a wire rack for just a couple of minutes.
  4. Serve with shredded cabbage (or broccoli slaw or coleslaw) and Tonkatsu sauce.

Notes

  • Tonkatsu is often served with shredded cabbage but we like it much better with broccoli slaw or coleslaw. You can also use chicken instead of pork using this same recipe.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 1902mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 38g
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Sylvia W

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Not sure how I stumbled upon this recipe - probably Pinterest. It caught my attention immediately as I had just made an impulse buy of lovely pork cutlets and had no idea what to do with them, as I don't eat pork regularly and have had poor experiences with dried out pieces of leather LOL Anyway, serendipitously, I had all the ingredients on hand except the coleslaw. My usual weekend get together with my BFF for pool time and movies was coming and it was my turn to cook. We are both having a blast learning international dishes by attempting to make them at home. This was a perfect fit so I did it up at my place to avoid making the mess at hers (flour + me = mess) Packed it up in foil, snagged some slaw on the way and feasted! It was a resounding success! I always try to follow a recipe as written the first time, and experiment later, and this was lovely as written! Next time I may add grated fresh ginger with the garlic instead of powder, maybe a bit of horseradish. I may play with the proportions in the sauce (even with a really good quality ketchup it still was just a little too ketchupy for me. I might even try my hand at homemade catsup for the sauce base next time. There will be next times however, as this is a keeper! Thank you so much for saving my pork chops and my weekend, and introducing me to a new favorite way to get tender, juicy pork in minutes!

Zona

Sunday 28th of July 2019

Hi Sylvia, that sounds like a super fun activity to do with your BFF, learning new international dishes! I'm so glad everything worked out for you to make this one and that you enjoyed it. This is one of our all time favs! Thank you :)

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