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Pork Katsu Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Tonkatsu Recipe (Pork Katsu)

This tonkatsu recipe, aka "Pork Katsu", is a classic Japanese dish of thin pork cutlets coated with panko breadcrumbs, then fried until golden and smothered in tonkatsu sauce. Comfort food at its finest.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Keyword: fried, panko, pork
Servings: 4
Calories: 491kcal


  • 4 fillets boneless pork chops 3/4 inch thick - use pork loin or pork shoulder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 small green cabbage sliced or shredded
  • FOR SERVING: Tonkatsu sauce, sliced green onion


  • Pound the pork cutlets with a kitchen mallet to flatten to 1/2 inch thickness. Season them with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Heat at least 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large wide pot over medium-high heat to 350 degrees If you are unable to measure the temperature, add a droplet of flour to the oil. It is ready when the flour sizzles. Do NOT bring the oil to a boil.
  • Set up your breading station with 3 bowls in a row. Add the flour to the first bowl, the beaten eggs to the second bowl, and the panko bread crumbs to the third bowl.
  • Dip each pork cutlet first into the flour, then into the egg wash, then into the panko. Be sure to get them nicely coated and leave no bare spots.
  • Set the breaded pork cutlets into the hot oil and fry them for about 4-5 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  • Remove the fried pork and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Slice the pork into strips and serve with sliced cabbage and tonkatsu sauce. Garnish with green onion.


Nutritional information estimated without tonkatsu sauce.


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 1027mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 341IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 5mg