Tonkatsu – Tonkatsu is crispy and crunchy Japanese fried pork cutlet with bread crumbs or panko. Easy and the best tonkatsu recipe ever.
Originally published on July 12, 2011. Updated with new recipe and photos.
If you love Japanese recipes, I am sure you have tried Tonkatsu, or the shattering crispy fried pork cutlet coated with the airy and light panko or Japanese breadcrumbs, and served with a thick dark Tonkatsu sauce. I am a fan of Tonkatsu, served with a bowl of steamed rice and miso soup. It is so good!
My Tonkatsu recipe is very simple. It calls for only a few basic ingredients. The key ingredient is Japanese panko, which is easily available at supermarkets now. If you can’t find panko, you may use regular breadcrumbs.
To make sure you get the crispy, light and airy texture you get at Japanese restaurants, deep-fry at 350F. There is no splattering as panko is dry. If you are scared of deep-frying, don’t be as you will be rewarded with some of the best homemade tonkatsu.