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3 kinds of tonkatsu sauce in small glass bowls

Best Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce (3 ways)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


How to make 3 delicious homemade sauces to serve with deep fried pork cutlet (tonkatsu). Includes classic tonkatsu sauce, Nagoya style red miso tonkatsu sauce and toasted sesame tonkatsu sauce.

Each recipe serves 4.


Classic Tonkatsu Sauce

Nagoya Style Red Miso Tonkatsu Sauce

  • 100ml dashi (or water)
  • 2 tbsp red miso
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp white sesame seeds

Toasted Sesame Tonkatsu Sauce


Classic Tonkatsu Sauce (2 mins)

  1. Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds to a bowl and mix thoroughly until well incorporated.

Nagoya Style Red Miso Tonkatsu Sauce (10 mins)

  1. Add dashi (or water), red miso paste, sake, mirin, soy sauce and light brown sesame seeds to a small saucepan and place on the stove on a medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. 
  3. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until thick and glossy.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame seeds.
  5. Transfer to a bowl for dipping or simply pour it directly onto the katsu.

Toasted Sesame Tonkatsu Sauce (10 mins)

  1. Add the white sesame seeds to a dry pan and heat on medium/medium-high.
  2. Stir continuously and toast the sesame seeds until slightly golden and you can smell the aroma.
  3. Grind the seeds down to a powder using a mortar and pestle (or spice blender).
  4. Mix the ground sesame seeds with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, sugar and water.
  5. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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