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Lucy's Quick Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe

Lucy's Quick Tonkatsu Sauce

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"I created this sauce in my own kitchen with ingredients I already had in my cupboard. The results are delicious and it has become a staple in my home. This recipe can easily be doubled. Try using it for dipping katsu chicken and egg rolls, or use it as a substitute for barbeque sauce. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!"

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    1 min

    1 hr 6 mins


  1. Combine the ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sherry, sugar, garlic powder, and ginger in a microwave-safe coffee mug or glass measuring cup. Stir well with a fork and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir again and set aside.
  2. Let stand for 1 hour to allow the flavors to incorporate.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 28, 2012

Good base but needed some tweaking. I'm a Bulldog Tonkatsu Sauce fan. My next batch, I think I will use 3/4 c. ketchup and 1/4 c. either apricot or plum puree.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 01, 2014

I've never had Tonkatsu before, and this recipe isn't going to make me want to try it again. I suppose I'm just not a Tonkatsu fan, however, DH liked it, so it didn't go to waste. I served it with Katsu Chicken, jasmine rice, and steamed broccoli. Overall, it wasn't inedible, but nothing I'll be trying again soon.


24 Ratings

Jul 15, 2012

Lucy you hit the ball out of the park with this ton katsu sauce - better than the rather expensive Japanese bottled version. Thanks!

Feb 04, 2013

Pretty fantastic tasting sauce, and I'm a huge bottled sauce fan! Thanks!!!

Oct 28, 2014

I made my first batch last night on a whim. I didn't have dry sherry so substituted apple cider vinegar. It was hard to leave it sitting for an hour for the flavors to meld because the first taste after stirring/heating was really good! This is a definite keeper! I might try adding additional ground ginger or a dash of hot sauce/ground cayenne next time for a little more zip.

Mar 10, 2014

Good enough to put Ki****an out of business! Did not have sherry, so I used marsala wine instead, and it worked out just fine. I can't believe just how incredibly easy this is to make, and like Lucy said, all from stuff you already have in the kitchen. My Tonkatsu sauce buying days are behind me.

Nov 13, 2013

I've never had Tonkatsu sauce so I have nothing to compare this to but it was delicious! I didn't heat mine in the micro but rather, simmered on the stove for about 20 mins. so the flavors could meld. Absolutely loved it although my other half would prefer a touch less ketchup. What does he know, lol. Thanks! :o)

Sep 15, 2013

This was too easy and tasted great. Makes it 5 stars in my book!


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  • Calories
  • 67 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 771 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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