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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 pork loin pieces, pounded to ½" thickness
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 lemon wedges

Directions

  • 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 2–3 minutes on each side. Remove cutlets from pan and drain on plates lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining pork. Serve with lemon wedges.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 pork loin pieces, pounded to ½" thickness
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 lemon wedges

Directions

  • 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 2–3 minutes on each side. Remove cutlets from pan and drain on plates lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining pork. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories470
Total Fat27g
Saturated Fat5g
Cholesterol160mg
Sodium220mg
Total Carbohydrate25g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars2g
Protein29g