Japanese Fried Pork (Tonkatsu)

Tonkatsu is a popular Japanese dish that was first introduced by the Portuguese. Tonkatsu is a close cousin to chicken katsu, as both are thin cuts of meat that have been breaded and fried. This dish is traditionally served with tonkatsu dipping sauce, which can be found in Asian markets.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 pork loin pieces, pounded to 1⁄2 inch thickness
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 lemon wedges


  • Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish, and place flour in another dish. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • Season pork with salt and pepper. Working in batches, dredge a few pieces of pork in flour, then egg mixture, and finally bread crumbs to coat, shaking off excess between each step. Repeat with remaining pork.
  • Heat oil in a wok on medium-high heat. In batches, slide in 2 pieces of pork and fry until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove cutlets from pan and drain on plates lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining pork. Serve with lemon wedges.