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Pork Tonkatsu with Herb Salad

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Serves eight.

Tonkatsu is a classic Japanese dish in which a thin pork cutlet is breaded and fried. It’s typically served with shredded green cabbage, but here it’s topped with a fresh herb salad.

  • 2-1/2 lb. boneless center-cut pork loin, trimmed
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil; more for frying
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 recipe Mixed Herb Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Heat the oven to 200°F.

Slice the pork into 16 equal pieces. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap over a piece of pork and pound until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. With a sharp knife, make tiny incisions at 2-inch intervals around the edge of the cutlet (this will help prevent it from curling as it cooks). Repeat with the remaining pork.

Rub both sides of each cutlet with the crushed garlic and then season generously with salt and pepper.

Put the flour in a wide, shallow bowl. Put the eggs in another wide, shallow bowl and beat them lightly with 3 Tbs. water, the oil, and 3/4 tsp. salt. Put the panko in a third wide, shallow bowl. Working with one cutlet at a time, dredge the pork in the flour and then the egg mixture, shaking to remove excess. Dredge in the panko, pressing the crumbs into the cutlet to help them adhere. As the cutlets are coated, transfer them to a rimmed baking sheet.

In a large, deep, straight-sided sauté pan (a cast-iron skillet works well), heat about 1/4 inch of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Working in batches, cook 3 cutlets at a time, flipping once, until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain the cutlets on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until all of the pork is cooked.

Portion the cutlets among 8 dinner plates and mound the herb salad on top.

Make Ahead Tips

The cutlets can be breaded up to 4 hours ahead. Refrigerate until ready to fry.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 350; Fat (g): fat g 14; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4; Protein (g): protein g 35; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 20; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 450; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 130; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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