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Easy Crispy Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu. Juicy deep-fried pork cutlet coated in panko breadcrumbs served with a tangy tonkatsu sauce. This delicious Japanese food pairs well with white steam and veggies. I also share how to make the savory tonkatsu sauce from scratch! Ready in 30 minutes!
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Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3 pieces
Calories per serving 414 kcal


Sauce (serves 6 tablespoons)


  • Cut slits into the layer of fat that surrounds your pork loin. No need to cut slits into the non-fat portion.
  • If your loins are thicker than 1 cm, tenderize with a meat mallet or with the back and side of your knife.
  • Season on both sides with enough salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
  • Add all-purpose flour into a large bowl. In a second bowl, beat your eggs. In a third bowl, add and spread out panko.
  • Evenly dredge each loin into the flour first, then eggs and lastly panko – ensuring no bald spots. Repeat for the remaining loins.
  • In a heavy bottomed pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat (350 F). Check to see if the oil is hot enough by placing a wooden chopstick in the oil and look for bubbles. Carefully lower pork away from you. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook the pork in batches (no more than 2 pieces per batch) or it won't get as crispy.
  • Deep frying on each side for 2-3 minutes or evenly golden brown (or an internal temperature of 145 F). Remove and transfer to a wire rack or paper towel lined plate to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Remove and transfer pork to a wire rack or paper towel lined plate to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Repeat for remaining pieces of pork.

How to make Tonkatsu Sauce

  • In a small bowl, well combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with tonkatsu!
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Suggested Equipment & Products

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Santoku Knife
Mixing bowl
Measuring Set
Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 1074mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 4mg