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Pork Tonkatsu

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Pork Tonkatsu

Pork Tonkatsu
Tina Rupp
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In Japan, tonkatsu —fried, breaded pork cutlets—are hugely popular. For her version, Grace Parisi uses low-fat pork tenderloins.   Tips from the F&W Test Kitchen


  • 1/4 cup(s) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup(s) apple butter or applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon(s) unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup(s) panko, Japanese bread crumbs
  • 2 8-ounce pork tenderloins, cut into 2-inch pieces and pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup(s) canola oil
  • Steamed rice and steamed spinach, for serving


  • 1. In a saucepan, bring the ketchup, apple butter, Worcestershire, soy, mustard and vinegar to a simmer; transfer to 4 bowls. Cool.
  • 2. Put the flour, egg whites and panko in 3 separate shallow bowls. Season the pork cutlets with salt, then dredge in the flour, tapping off the excess. Dip the cutlets in the egg white, followed by the panko, pressing the crumbs to help them adhere.
  • 3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the cutlets and cook over moderate heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil on the cutlets. Flip and cook until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer the tonkatsu to a work surface and cut into strips. Transfer to plates and serve with rice, spinach and the dipping sauce.