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.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 1⁄4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 pork loin pieces, pounded to 1⁄2 inch thickness
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil


  • In a small bowl combine barbecue sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, rice wine vinegar, mustard powder, garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish, and place the flour in another dish. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • Season the pork with salt and remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Working in batches, dredge a few pieces of the pork in the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally the bread crumbs to coat, shaking off the excess between each step. Repeat with the remaining pork.
  • Heat the oil in a wok to 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 from pan and drain the cutlets on plates lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining pork.
  • Serve pork with sauce.