Pork Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish consisting of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet traditionally served with Japanese curry sauce.  It has a delicious crunchy outer part with cheesy filling on the inside. Eat it on its own or enjoy it with some veggies on the side.



  • 4 pork chops, boneless
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper, to taste
  • 4 shiso leaves
  • 4 slices mozzarella
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Oil, for frying 

Japanese Curry: 

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 3 cups of water
  • ⅓ cup Japanese curry paste
  • 4 cups cooked white rice



  1. Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Cut a large slit through the side of the pork chops.
  2. Place a slice of mozzarella on top of a shiso leaf, then fold it in half. Then place the cheese in the pocket of the pork chop. Repeat with the remaining pork chops.
  3. Dredge the pork in the flour, shaking off excess. Dip the pork in the egg, roll evenly in the bread crumbs then back into the egg, then back into the bread crumbs. Repeat with the other pork chops.
  4. Heat oil over medium-high heat until about 360°F/183˚C. Fry the pork chops one at a time until golden brown, then drain on a paper towel.
  5. Sauté the onions until translucent, then add the potatoes and carrots. Cook for about 1 minute, then add the water, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the curry paste, then stir until dissolved. Cook for another 10 minutes on low heat, then set aside.
  7. To prepare, slice the pork cutlets into ½-inch slices. To serve, place the pork cutlet slices over the rice, then pour a generous serving of curry on half of the pork. Then add some shredded cabbage, tomatoes, and lemon wedges. 


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