Tonkatsu (Breaded Japanese Pork)

Tonkatsu, a Japanese dish, may be more familiar than you would think. In Indiana, I grew up with wonderful breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches. Pounded thin, fried until golden, and served best with coleslaw and ketchup, this sandwich reminds me of home.

Pork Tonkatsu, it turns out, is simply the Japanese version of my beloved sandwich. Pork pounded and fried, served with a sweet tangy Tonkatsu sauce over coleslaw.. sound familiar? This version goes with baked/air fried, though shallow fried in a bit of vegetable oil works wonderfully too. Also, don’t sleep on this topped with a fried egg as the best hangover brunch you could imagine…

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Pork Tonkatsu

Breaded Air Fried Pork
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jim



  • 4 large boneless pork chops (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce


  • 1 pound shredded red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • Preheat oven or airfryer to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients: soy sauce/mustard/garlic/brown sugar/worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine slaw ingredients: shredded red cabbage, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar. Also set aside.
  • In three dishes, combine in each:flour/cornstarch/teaspoon of salt/garlic powder
    eggs (beaten)/1 tablespons soy sauce
    Panko breadcrumbs
  • Pat pork chops dry. If pork chops are thicker than say 1/4″, gently pound out to that thickness; evenness more important than overall thickness.
  • Bread into flour mixture, then eggs, then panko, pressing the breadcrumbs in.
  • Drizzle olive oil onto pork and air fry for 9-11 minutes or bake for 14-16 minutes* or until 145 deg F internally and delightfully golden brown.
  • Serve pork on top of slaw, drizzled with sauce and toasted sesame seeds.


*the thickness of your chops will make cooking times vary; the thicker the chop, the longer it may take


Serving: 4People | Calories: 390kcal

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