Ton-katsu (Japanese Deep-Fried Pork)

Ton-katsu is a traditional Japanese dish. “Ton” in Japanese means pork, and Katsu is an abbreviation of Katsuretu, derived from the English word “cutlet”. You can buy Katsu sauce in a Japanese store or make your own Homemade Katsu Sauce.

Fried thin pieces of pork chop in breadcrumbs. Each piece is fried in a two-temperature mode. So it turns out a very crispy golden breading. It is customary to serve this dish with finely chopped ¼ head of fresh cabbage, cucumber. Varieties: you can also use beef (Beef-Katsu) or chicken (Chicken-Katsu).

Recipe type: Meat
Recipe type: Japanese
Yield: 2
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Pork chop (whole piece) — 2 pieces (½ inch thick or 1-1. 3 cm)
Japanese Panko breadcrumbs (or any other company) — at least 50 grams
Chicken egg — 2 pieces
Baking flour — at least 50 grams
Salt and pepper to taste
Frying oil — 2 liters (for deep-frying) or about 1 liter (for a saucepan)


1. Make incisions with a sharp knife in places where there are layers of fat.
2. Beat off each piece with a kitchen hammer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Break the eggs into a bowl, add a tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil. Beat with a whisk.
4. Prepare everything for breading: in separate bowls, pour Japanese breadcrumbs, flour and beaten eggs.
5. Pork chop is first rolled in flour from all sides, then in eggs, then in breadcrumbs. Carefully put it on a plate and let it lie down for about 5 minutes.
6. Heat the oil in a deep-fry or in a deep saucepan. The volume of oil is about 2 liters.
7. For deep-frying: fry for three minutes at a temperature of 338 °F or 170 °C. Fry for three minutes at a temperature of 374 °F or 190 °C.
For the pan: fry on maximum heat for about 4-5 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
8. We recline on paper towels to remove excess oil.
Serving: Serve hot with Katsu sauce and cut some fresh cabbage.
Bon Appetit!

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