Tonkatsu pork originated in Japan, and is a simple dish to make, with lightly seasoned, panko crumb crusted pork cutlets, pan-fried until crispy. Tonkatsu pork originated in Japan, and is a simple dish to make, with lightly seasoned, panko crumb crusted pork cutlets, pan-fried until crispy.

Did you say Tankatsu Pork…huh? Never heard of it before. Well, I had never heard of it, until I saw a recipe for it while searching the internet for pork recipes.

Wikipedia describes Tonkatsu Pork as a “Japanese food, which consists of a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet, which originated in Japan in the 19th century.” It was originally called Katsu, and is believed to have been served for the first time at the Regatei Restaurant in Tokyo in 1899.  At the time it was thought of as the Japanese version of fine European cuisine.

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So What Is Tonkatsu Pork ?

Basically, Tonkatsu Pork is a thin pork cutlet, seasoned, and fried with a Panko crumb coating. The panko crumbs give the cutlet a wonderfully crunchy texture. It is ridiculously easy to prepare, and tastes really good.

This entree is really not hard at all to make, and I must say, the pork was wonderful! I served it with a side dish of Orzo With Parmesan, which is a great tasting side dish! This recipe would also be good served with homemade rice pilaf! I sure hope you will give this recipe for tonkatsu pork a try! I really do think you will enjoy it. Have a great day!

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Tonkatsu Pork
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Tonkatsu pork originated in Japan, and is a simple dish to make, with lightly seasoned, panko crumb crusted pork cutlets, pan-fried until crispy.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: tonkatsu pork
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 363 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork cutlets (or boneless chops, pounded to 1 1/4 " thick)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable or Canola oil , plus more, for frying
Instructions
  1. Lightly season the pork cutlets with salt and pepper (not the measured amounts in ingredient list, just a light sprinkle on both sides to help season the meat)
  2. Set up an "assembly line" for dipping the pork in this order: A bowl with the flour, a bowl with the beaten egg, and a bowl with the Panko crumbs.
  3. Season the flour with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the flour, and the garlic powder.
  4. Mix the rest of the salt and pepper in with the Panko crumbs.
  5. Dip pork cutlets (one at a time) into the flour (turning to coat both sides), then dip into the egg mixture (fully coating cutlet). Let egg mixture run off of pork, then dip into the Panko crumb coating (fully cover the cutlet on both sides). Set aside and repeat.
  6. Pour oil into large skillet until you have 1/4 " depth covering the bottom. Heat on medium high until hot. You can test the heat...put a couple of panko crumbs into the oil. If they sizzle, the oil is ready.
  7. When oil is hot, carefully add the 4 cutlets (the meat should sizzle). Cook 4-5 minutes on one side, then carefully flip the cutlet over and cook the other side for 4-5 minutes. When done, the coating on the cutlets should be a beautiful golden brown.
  8. When fully cooked, remove from heat, and serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Tonkatsu Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 827mg36%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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