Tonkatsu - Asian-Style Pork Chop Recipe -
Tonkatsu - Asian-Style Pork Chop Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Tonkatsu - Asian-Style Pork Chop

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"This is using Panko, which is Japanese bread crumbs (really light and airy, more so than crackers), and thinly sliced boneless pork chops."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, garlic, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the panko crumbs in a shallow bowl.
  2. Rinse pork chops with water, then dip in the egg mixture. Coat with panko crumbs, dip in the egg mixture again, then coat with another layer of panko crumbs. Lay coated chops on a plate until the rest are finished. If you have time, let them set for about 10 minutes, and the coating will set very well. If you wish to freeze the chops, now is the time.
  3. When the oil is very hot, place pork chops into the pan, and fry for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 04, 2007

The first time I made these chops they were okay, but with a couple of tweaks, these pork chops are terrific! The second time I prepared them, I seasoned the pork chops with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I also cooked the chops at a lower temperature (medium high) to prevent burning. Finally, I served them with a sweet and slightly spicy sauce found here on allrecipes (1/2 cup orange marmalade, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce). If you're using a thick cut pork chop, I suggest pounding it to make it thinner or placing the thick pork chops in the oven to finish cooking after browning. All in all, this recipe is a keeper. Thanks so much for sharing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2010

I'm trying this right NOW! I have 3 chops that I've de-boned and cut down into 9 equal size pieces. Then starting with the smallest pieces, lightly pound flat. Working up with the larger pieces, pound to same thickness as the smaller one. Marinade with soy sauce, hoisin sauce and a little Chinese 5 spice for half an hour. Then follow along with the rest of the directions. Will be served with lemon basmati rice, buttered carrot coins and leftover turkey dressing. I will tell you later how it turns out.

Oct 22, 2007

My family's been making pork katsu as long as I can remember, so here's a tip since the recipe doesn't mention it: pound the meat! It makes all the difference in texture and tenderness. Serving tonkatsu sauce is a must as well.

Aug 01, 2007

Incredible!!! I've been wanting to make this using the Panko crumbs which I've never used! I finally bought Panko crumbs on line and I will NEVER NEVER EVER go back to using regular breadcrumbs!!!! I've been expermenting with these crumbs now whenever breadcrumbs are called for and these Panko crumbs ROCK!!!! Thanks submitter! Update: Since discovering Panko crumbs I found a recipe for chicken on this site called Ashley's Chicken Katsu with Tonkatsu Sauce - It is also a 5 star+ recipe and the Tonkatsu sauce is also great with these pork chops. I've actually had these in a Japanese restaurant with the sauce!

Sep 08, 2009

I've been looking for a good katsu recipe, and came across this one last year which I have now made close to a dozen times. This is so good, that I haven't had to modify it too much. Suggestions to try though: Add a splash of sesame oil to your deep frying oil for a blast of asian flavor. Make sure the meat is thin, less then a 1/4" thick is good. If thick meat, lower the temp of the oil to prevent the breading from scorching before the meat is cooked thru. Season your meat before coating and breading. Use powdered garlic and ginger instead of fresh minced since they are easier to incorporate into the egg or into the panko. Use fresh crushed Tien Tsin Chili pepper (little red asian pepper) added to panko for added heat (caution: a little adds a lot of heat). Tonkatsu sauce (or any sauce) is critical for this...I use store bought Bull-Dog Vegetable & Fruit Tonkatsu Sauce (can order online if not at your local asian market) instead of making my own which I can't get to taste as good as this.Enjoy!

Jun 03, 2007

Very tasty recipe...marinating and tenderizing (pounding) before making it helps. Also, the CUT of meat you use is KEY. If it is dry, you prob used cheap meat. In Japan we have HIRE (white meat) and ROSU (dark meat) - even good quality white meat will be super juicy. Of course this dish does not stand alone - you NEED sauce! The Japanese do not eat this without would be the unthinkable. Please try authentic Tonkatsu sauce, or...if in a pinch, some A1 steak sauce. Don't try it w/out some dressing, otherwise it is pointless to make it. :( Served with thinly sliced lettuce salad, mini tomatoes for presentation...great. Lettuce compliments the greasiness of the fried meat. Also, if you have non-meat lovers, the same technique can be used for SHRIMP. Very tasty...but be sure to cut the tail to prevent juices from flying, and make incisions along the body to make the shrimp stand straight after frying. Fat-concerned folks: please fry panko in oil...then do like 'shake and bake' - then...bake...similar results...not AS tasty but definitely easier on the waist.

Oct 16, 2003

This was fantastic...just like at a Japanese restaurant, it was crunchy and tender!! Yum! Now, if I could only make nigiri! Thanks!

May 17, 2006

This recipe was enjoyed by the entire family. Served with a tangy tonkatsu sauce & rice, there were no leftovers. Looking fwd to making them again, but i'll get more panko next time.


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  • Calories
  • 276 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 109 mg
  • 36%
  • Fat
  • 13.2 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 28.4 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 199 mg
  • 8%

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

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