Hey, it’s Yuto (@sudachi.recipes). Today I'm going to show you how to make an absolute classic, Japanese "tonkatsu" deep fried pork cutlet.
I think nearly every Japanese mum knows how to cook this dish and I will show you how to make the crispiest, most delicious tonkatsu that can be served on it's own with rice, salad and miso soup (teishoku style) or as part of another dish! Let's get started!
What is Tonkatsu?
Tonkatsu is the Japanese name for deep fried pork cutlet. Pork chops are coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, it is pretty similar to German Wiener Schnitzel.
There are different variations of "katsu"
- Tonkatsu（とんかつ）: Pork Cutlet
- Chikinkatsu（チキンかつ）: Chicken Cutlet
- Gyuukatsu（牛かつ）: Beef Cutlet
A Brief History of Tonkatsu
The name "Tonkatsu" (とんかつ) is a combination of the words "ton" (meaning 'pork' in Japanese) and the French word "côtelettes" which means cutlet or meat chop.
The dish was first seen in 1899. The history of the dish is still not very clear but as the name suggests, it was probably inspired by French cuisine. It was also originally made with beef, but these days pork is the most common.
Now we eat katsu at home or at restaurants, diners, etc. It has become one of the most loved dishes in Japan, and I bet you will love it too.
You can also check out our other recipes with katsu!
- Katsu Kare（カツカレー）Cutlet with curry and rice
- Katsu Don（かつ丼）Cutlet with egg rice bowl
- Katsu Sando（カツサンド）: Pork Cutlet Sandwich
Frequently Asked Questions About Tonkatsu
What is the difference between tonkatsu and tonkotsu?
There is only one letter difference, but they are completely different things.
- Tonkatsu = Deep fried pork cutlet
- Tonkotsu = Broth made from pork bones (Typically used for ramen soup)
What is the difference between tonkatsu and katsudon?
Tonkatsu only refers to the deep fried pork cutlet itself, however, katsudon is the deep fried pork cutlet rice served in a bowl of rice and then topped with egg. You can see how to make katsudon here.
What is tonkatsu sauce made of?
In my recipe, I use:
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tomato ketchup
- Soy sauce
- White sesame seeds
Why is it called Katsu?
The name comes from the French word "côtelettes" which means cutlet.
How do you eat pork katsu?
It is mostly served as Teishoku style (Bowl of rice, miso soup, shredded cabbages, pickles) or as donburi (Katsudon)
What is tonkatsu sauce called?
In Japanese, it's called "とんかつソース" or "Tonkatsu sauce", the same as English!
What is chicken katsu?
Chicken katsu is a panko breaded, deep-fried chicken instead of pork (Tonkatsu). Chicken thigh is mostly used for Chicken katsu.