what are essential components for tonkatsu?

How do you make tonkatsu? What must accompany it?
We will analyze this food that represents Japan, tonkatsu, from various angles and teach you the secrets of its deliciousness.

Let's look at the basic components that make up tonkatsu plate.
In tonkatsu, there are many indispensable parts, not only the meat but also the sauce and garnish.

  • Pork


    Tonkatsu uses thickly sliced pork chops or fillets. The advantage of fillets is that they are tender and have almost no fat. Pork chops on the other hand, has fat distributed through the entirety of the meat, making it more savory compared with fillets. Now that we know the characteristics of each, we can choose our cut of meat.

  • Panko


    On the outside we use coarse grain "panko" bread crumbs. At specialty tonkatsu restaurants, the kind of panko used is called "raw panko", which has more moisture content to give a light and crispy exterior. On the other hand, dry panko allows heat to pass through easily, making it possible to create a crunchy texture; thus it is often used for home-made tonkatsu.

  • Oil


    Several kinds of oils are used to make the frying oil, such as vegetable oil, lard, sesame oil, and olive oil. The amount of oil must be sufficient to completely submerge the meat. This is one of the secrets of frying, as it is this amount of oil which makes the tonkatsu so crispy, yet juicy inside.

  • Chopped cabbage

    Chopped cabbage

    When asked what goes with tonkatsu, the answer would have to be cabbage. Together with the meat, the crispy, crunchy, moderate sweetness makes tonkatsu even more delicious. Not only does this provide a nutritious balance of animal proteins from the pork and vegetable proteins from the cabbage, it also has the effect of clearing the aftertaste of fried food.

  • Bull-Dog Sauce


    The deliciousness of tonkatsu is determined by the presence of sauce. In Japan, it is common to eat tonkatsu topped with tonkatsu sauce, a sweet and rich sauce made for tonkatsu. This sauce is not only the perfect match for tonkatsu, but also goes well with the cabbage and white rice.


Let's try making tonkatsu! ~tonkatsu recipe~

Inside the crispy, fragrant fried exterior is packed with deliciousness.
Let's learn the secret of the proper oil temperature for frying to master the making of juicy tonkatsu.

1 serving 501kcal

Cooking time 25 min

Ingredients (serves two)

Tonkatsu Ingredients (serves two)

2 pork chops (about 100g per chop)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste


Flour (an appropriate amount)
Egg (an appropriate amount)
Panko (an appropriate amount)


Cabbage(an appropriate amount)
Cherry tomatoes (4)
Tonkatsu Sauce (an appropriate amount)
Frying oil (an appropriate amount)


Seasoning the pork 1

Season the pork

Make several slits on the connective tissue between the lean and fatty parts with the tip of a kitchen knife to keep the meat from warping during frying, then season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper.

Breading the pork 2

Breading the pork

Cover both sides with flour. Shake off excess flour and dip in the beaten egg.
Completely cover with panko and press to make the panko stick.

Putting it in the hot oil 3

Put it in the hot oil

Heat the frying oil to 170°C(*) and gently place the coated pork in.
(*) Try putting a bit of the breading in. The goal is that it should sink in the middle, then pop up and float.

Fry until crispy 4

Fry until crispy

Leave it that way for a while; when it feels crispy when touched with a chopstick, turn it over. Fry until golden brown.

Serve 5


Serve on a plate. Garnish with finely chopped cabbage and cherry tomatoes, then drizzle with sauce.

Check out the instruction video too!