Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Easy Tonkatsu

I found myself jonesing for some tonkatsu and rice for dinner.  I made that happen. It's surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make.

This recipe only covers making the tonkatsu, not the rice.


This is the stuff that I used to make this.  Your milage may vary.
  • Chef's Knife
    • For cutting the pork cutlets.
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Three wide, shallow dishes
    • For dredging the pork cutlets.
  • Serving bottle
    • Like a ketchup bottle, for the tonkatsu sauce.
  • HDPE cutting board.
    • You don't wanna work with pork on a wooden cutting board.
  • 5 quart Dutch oven
    • You'll fry the pork cutlets in this.


  • The Tonkatsu
    • 1/2 lb (227g) thin cut pork loin cutlets.
      • I bought a thicker single cutlet from my butcher, then carefully sliced it in half for two 4oz (113g) cutlets.
    • 1 large egg
      • I used an equal amount of egg beaters.
    • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup panko break crumbs
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • The Tonkatsu Sauce
    • 4 tbsp Ketchup
      • I used no sugar added Ketchup.
    • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 tbsp Red wine


  • Tonkatsu
    1. With a chef's knife, gently score--but do not cut through--one side the pork cutlets.
    2. Season both sides of the pork cutlets with salt and pepper.
    3. Coat the pork cutlets...
      • Coat both sides of the pork cutlets with flour.
      • Coat both sides of the floured pork cutlets with egg batter.
      • Coat both sides of floured, egged pork cutlets with panko crumbs
    4. Fry pork cutlets in dutch oven over medium-high heat until panko crumbs are a nice golden brown and the pork is cooked.
      • Flip the cutlets over with tongs as necessary to fry both sides.
      • This should only take a couple of minutes per side.
    5. Rest fried pork cutlets for 1 minute or so before slicing in to pieces and plating with your choice of accessory foods.
      • I recommend 3-4 oz (85-113g) of medium grain white rice.
  • Tonkatsu Sauce
    • Put the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine in a serving bottle.
    • Shake the hell out of it to mix.
    • Squeeze the mixed sauce out over plated tonkatsu to your own spec.


  • Calculated nutritional value of the dish and serving sizes, only the Tonkatsu, not the tonkatsu sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11 g16 %
Saturated Fat 1 g5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 57 mg19 %
Sodium 723 mg30 %
Potassium 4 mg0 %
Total Carbohydrate 15 g5 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g1 %
Sugars 0 g
Protein 28 g56 %
Vitamin A3 %
Vitamin C0 %
Calcium4 %
Iron12 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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