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Tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet)

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Tonkatsu is a quick-and-easy Japanese-style dinner of pan-fried breaded pork. It's perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

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 Tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet)

Make Japanese food at home

Tonkatsu is a quick-and-easy Japanese-style dinner of pan-fried breaded pork. It's perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

This traditional meal is typically served in sandwiches or with curry, but it's delicious on its own, too. Be sure to serve this with a bowl of tonkatsu sauce, or Japanese barbecue sauce, for dipping.

Tonkatsu recipe (Japanese pork cutlet)

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 1 pound boneless pork chops
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Tonkatsu sauce, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Dredge each pork chop in flour, dip into the egg, then dredge in the panko, pressing to adhere to the meat.
  4. Working in batches, add the pork chops to the hot oil, 2 or 3 at a time, depending on size of pan, and fry until evenly golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Serve immediately with rice and tonkatsu sauce, if desired.

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