Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet) — Damn Delicious

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Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

These Japanese style pork cutlets come together in just 20 minutes, or less!

Jason and I try to penny pinch whenever we can. He’s a starving grad student and I’m working 2 jobs (which includes blog work because let’s face it – blogging is a full-time job!) to pay off sky high credit card bills and to ultimately save up for a house. That’s when budgeting for groceries becomes incredibly important.

So when I meal plan for the week, I try my best to stick with recipes where I have most of the ingredients on hand, like this tonkatsu here. With pantry staples like flour, eggs, rice, Panko, salt and pepper, I usually just need to buy a pound of boneless pork chops, which is about $3.99/pound at Trader Joe’s. And a pound of this is more than enough to feed 2 people, so feeding a party of 2 for $4 will definitely not break the bank! Plus, this comes together so quickly and you can even freeze the cutlets before cooking to save them for later on.

It doesn’t get easier, or cheaper, than that!

Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

These Japanese style pork cutlets come together in just 20 minutes, or less!


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless pork chops
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Panko* bread crumbs
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Tonkatsu sauce, for serving


  1. Heat corn oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste. Working one at a time, dredge pork chops in flour, dip into egg, then dredge in Panko crumbs, pressing to coat.
  3. Working in batches, add pork chops to the skillet, 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Serve immediately with rice and tonkatsu sauce, if desired.

*Panko is a Japanese-style bread crumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

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