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Crispy Pork Tonkatsu

A popular dish in Japan, tonkatsu is a tender and juicy pork cutlet fried in a panko batter, resulting in a golden, crispy appearance. Serve with a sweet & savory tonkatsu sauce and a side of shredded cabbage to give the dish a splash of freshness!
30 Minutes
9 Ingredients
Spice Level

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Crispy Pork Tonkatsu

Recipe for Crispy Pork Tonkatsu


For 4 servings

  • 4 boneless pork tenderloin chops (ยฝ inch thick)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ยผ tsp black pepper
  • 3 c neutral-flavored oil (for deep-frying)

For breading:

  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp neutral-flavored oil (for egg mixture)
  • 1 c panko

For serving:

  • ยฝ head cabbage, shredded
  • Tonkatsu sauce

Step by step

step 1

Prep the pork: If using a full pork tenderloin, cut tenderloin into ยฝ inch thick slices. With the back of your knife or a tenderizer, pound the pork until thin. Season both sides of the pork with salt and pepper.

step 2

Bread the pork: Coat the pork first in flour, then in the beaten eggs, and lastly in the panko bread crumbs. Shake off excess panko before placing pork pieces onto a tray.

step 3

Bring oil in a pot to 340ยบF over medium heat. Deep-fry pork on both sides until brown and crispy. Tip: Keep watching the oil temperature and make sure it doesnโ€™t go over 340ยบF or else the breading will darken quicker than the pork is cooking!

step 4

Cut the pork tonkatsu into thinner slices and plate with shredded cabbage and tonkatsu sauce.

step 5

Eat up!