Tonkatsu Pork

Posted: August 13

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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Tonkatsu Pork is a Japanese-style fried pork chop often served as part of ramen dinners or on its own as the main course. As a result of its gentle frying, the pork itself is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, making it already delectable. Add on the tangy, nutty sesame tonkatsu sauce and a shredded cabbage salad with refreshing sesame dressing, and the natural savory flavor becomes even better. Tonkatsu Pork only takes 30 minutes to make and it’s essentially a full restaurant-quality meal in one dish. What could be better?


For the cabbage: • 1/4 cabbage • 1 Persian or Japanese cucumber • 2 tablespoons Japanese sesame dressing For the sesame tonkatsu sauce: • 1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds, optional • 1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds, optional • 4 tablespoons tonkatsu sauce For the pork: • 2 pork loin chops, boneless, 1/2 inch thick • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 large egg • 3 cups plus 1/2 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil, divided • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup panko


Step 1

Shred the cabbage with a sharp knife.

Step 2

Thinly slice the cucumber diagonally. Cut the cucumber into thin strips.

Step 3

Toss the cabbage, cucumber, and dressing together and refrigerate until it is ready to be used.

Step 4

Grind the white and black toasted sesame seeds in with a pestle and mortar. Leave some unground for the texture.

Step 5

On individual small plates, serve tablespoons of the ground sesame seeds.

Step 6

Add the tonkatsu sauce to each plate.

Step 7

With a sharp knife, remove the extra fat from the pork chops.

Step 8

Make several slits on the white area between the meat and fat on the pork chops to score them.

Step 9

Flip the meat and make several slits on the other side of the white area.

Step 10

Pound both sides of the meat with a meat tenderizer.

Step 11

Mold the meat back into its original shape with your hands.

Step 12

Season both sides of the meat with the salt and pepper.

Step 13

Crack the egg into a deep dish.

Step 14

Add the 1/2 tablespoon of the oil, whisking them together until they are well combined.

Step 15

Prepare a deep dish for the flour.

Step 16

Prepare a deep dish for the panko.

Step 17

Dredge the pork chops in the flour, dusting off any excess flour.

Step 18

Dip each of the pork chops in the egg mixture and coat it completely.

Step 19

Dredge the pork chops in the panko and remove the excess panko while pressing it down gently.

Step 20

Set the pork aside for 5-10 minutes so the meat and breading will be set.

Step 21

In a large skillet on the stove-top over medium heat, add the remaining oil.

Step 22

Bring oil to 340 degrees F.

Step 23

Gently place one pork chop into the oil and cook it for 1 minute without flipping.

Step 24

After 1 minute, flip the pork and cook the other side for 1 minute.

Step 25

Take the pork out of the oil and remove the excess oil by holding it vertically for a few seconds.

Step 26

Place the pork chop on a wire rack or paper towel and let it sit for 4 minutes, letting the hot oil on the exterior slowly cook the meat as it sits.

Step 27

Turn off the heat temporarily and scoop up any fried crumbs in the oil with a fine-mesh strainer, keeping the oil clean and crumb-free so it doesn't get darker/dirtier with burnt crumbs.

Step 28

Turn the heat back on and bring the oil back to 340 degrees F.

Step 29

Repeat the process with the second pork chop.

Step 30

Raise the oil temperature to 355 degrees F.

Step 31

Return the first pork chop to the oil and fry until cooked through at 145 degrees F, about 30 seconds per side.

Step 32

Remove the pork from the oil and drain it on the wire rack or on a paper towel for 2 minutes in a vertical position so the panko does not get soggy.

Step 33

Repeat the double frying with the second pork chop.

Step 34

Cut the tonkatsu against the grain into 3/4-inch-wide pieces.

Step 35

Transfer the slices to a plate.

Step 36

Serve with the shredded cabbage and the sesame tonkatsu sauce.

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