Tonkatsu Pork

Fried. Pork. Honestly there is not much more that needs to be said about it.  I could say how crispy the perfectly seasoned panko breading is. I could say how tender the pork is. I could say how it took all of me to refrain from eating it while Ryan was taking the picture. And I could say how Ryan and I loved this so much the only thing muttered over the table during dinner was “Mmmm….good”. But, I’m not going to say any of that. Instead all I’m going to say is Fried. Pork.

This is a breading technique that I have used for a really long time without ever realizing that there was actually a name for it. I  always use panko bread crumbs when I fry, or bake, things because they make for a much crispier crust. And when I’m frying something or even baking something my favorite part is always the crispy outside that crunches with the first bite. Once you try the pork, you’ll want to try it on other things too. Some of my favorites are chicken and zucchini.

Tonkatsu Pork Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 4 boneless pork chops 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling on pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling on pork
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • canola oil for frying



Lightly season both sides of the pork chops with kosher salt and black pepper.


Set up an assembly line with flour, egg and panko bread crumbs. Season the flour with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Use the remaining salt and pepper to season the panko bread crumbs.


Dip one pork chop into the flour, then into the egg and finally into the panko bread crumbs. Be sure to coat completely. Set aside. Repeat until all pork chops are coated.


Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Drop a couple panko bread crumbs in the oil, if they sizzle the oil is hot enough. Cook pork chops until cooked through and golden brown, 3 - 4 minutes per side.


Slice and serve.



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    February 22, 2015 at 8:49 am

    It’s basically a pork schnitzel except the meat isn’t flattened first. I serve them with coleslaw and lemon slices

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    August 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

    This looks soo tasty! ! I’m going to the store today – I’ll pick up the ingredients to make this.

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    October 15, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Didn’t you mean “3/4 inch” pork chops….

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      October 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

      Hey Bill- The pork chops I used were thin sliced by the butcher to about 1/4 inch. 3/4 inch pork chops would work however, the cooking time may vary.

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    October 12, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Two things: we use homemade breadcrumbs whenever we have them (which is most of the time). Panko is great, so I’m not disparaging them. The other thing is: if your oil is hot enough, and you’re using 1/4″ thick chops, 3-4 minutes per side is at least twice as long as they need. Trust me, 1 minute per side for chops that thin is best, assuming the oil is hot enough. Oh, a third thing: 1/8″ oil is enough.

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    October 12, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Ever since discovering Panko a few years back, if I bread something, I used this method. This even works really well when just baking…granted, it’s not as delicious as fried, but still, it works :)

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    October 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Being from Texas, there isn’t much I won’t at least TRY to fry, and panko porkchops are definitely soon on the list, especially after your appetizing article! Also, I agree, zucchini with panko breading is a delightful thing!