Tonkatsu is a deep fried pork loin chop with a crispy coat. Although imported from Western countries, this recipe is quite famous in Japan and it is the base for other preparations as well

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 2 pork chops (about 400 gr or 14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oil for frying
  • salt & black pepper


  • Sprinkle salt and black pepper on both sides of the pork chop
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl and set aside
  • Prepare two large plates, one with the breadcrumbs (evenly spread) and one with flour
  • When you have everything ready, gently heat the oil in a large frying pan
  • First coat the meat with flour, then dip it in the eggs and then place it over the breadcrumbs
  • Cover with more bread crumbs on top and turn it over a couple of times until well coated
  • Deep fry until golden brown (about 5-8 minutes), turning once or twice
  • Let it cool for a minute on kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil, cut into 5-6 strips and serve!

Tips from the Chef

The safest way to check if the oil is hot enough for frying is sticking a wooden spoon in the pan; if the oil bubbles around the wood, you are ready to go!