Pork Tonkatsu

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:


  • 0.25 cup ketchup
  • steamed rice, for serving
  • 0.25 cup canola oil
  • salt
  • 2 8-ounce pork tenderloins, cut into 2-inch pieces and pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cup panko, Japanese bread crumbs
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 0.25 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 0.25 cup apple butter or applesauce
  • 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.