About the Dish:
Tonkatsu is a popular Japanese dish that consists of breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets. It is typically served with a side of cabbage and a tangy sauce. The name tonkatsu comes from the two main components of the dish – ton meaning pork and katsu meaning cutlet. Tonkatsu is a beloved comfort food in Japan and is enjoyed by people of all ages.
|Pork loin||4 pieces|
|All-purpose flour||1 cup|
|Panko breadcrumbs||2 cups|
|Vegetable oil||For frying|
|Tonkatsu sauce||For serving|
- Step 1: Start by pounding the pork loin pieces until they are about 1/4 inch thick. This will help tenderize the meat and ensure even cooking. Season the pork with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Step 2: Set up a breading station by placing the flour, beaten eggs, and panko breadcrumbs in separate shallow dishes. Dredge each piece of pork in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the floured pork in the beaten eggs, making sure to coat both sides. Finally, press the pork firmly into the panko breadcrumbs, ensuring an even coating.
- Step 3: Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. You want enough oil to cover the pork cutlets halfway. Working in batches, carefully place the breaded pork in the hot oil. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer the cooked tonkatsu to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
- Step 4: While the tonkatsu is cooking, thinly slice the cabbage for serving. Serve the tonkatsu hot with cabbage on the side. Drizzle tonkatsu sauce over the cutlets or serve it on the side for dipping. Enjoy!