Pork Tonkatsu Sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Delicious pork katsu sandwiches, served with tonkatsu sauce and shredded cabbage. Great for picnics, BBQs or just a delicious meal any time!
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For the pork:

  • 6 thin boneless pork loin chops (1/4-1/2-inch thick), trimmed of visible fat
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups panko bread crumbs

For Frying:

  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the tonkatsu sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin or substitute 1 Tbsp. boiling water with 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp. grated gingerroot
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard

For sandwiches:

  • 12 slices soft white bread like Wonderâ„¢ bread
  • Shredded green or red cabbage


  • To make the tonkatsu sauce: In a small saucepan, bring the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger and mustard to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Let the sauce cool, but keep warm if you will be serving immediately. (Sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 week).
  • Meanwhile, prepare 4 shallow bowls or deep plates. In one bowl, combine the soy sauce, garlic and half of the salt and pepper.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour and remaining salt and pepper. In another bowl, whisk eggs with 2 Tbsp. water. In the last bowl, add the panko crumbs.
  • Pat pork dry, then pass through the soy sauce and garlic, allowing excess to drip off. Next, press pork into the flour mixture to coat. Shake off excess. Dip into egg mixture, letting excess drip off. Finally, press into panko crumbs, patting to coat evenly. Place on a cooling rack and continue until all the pork pieces are breaded.
  • In a deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat about 1 inch of oil over medium-high heat. Cook the pork, two or three pieces at a time (don't over-crowd), turning once, until deep golden on both sides.Remove to a cooling rack to drain. If making ahead, allow to cool slightly, then place on a plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • To serve: Butter bread slices lightly. Place on fried pork piece in the middle of the bread. Spoon some tonkatsu sauce over-top. Sprinkle with shredded cabbage. Place second piece of bread on top. Trim the bread of crusts, then cut the remaining sandwich in half and serve, cut-side up.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1278mg | Potassium: 774mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 4.7mg