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Fried Pork Cutlet Sandwiches

D-Heartman • Tokyo

Breaded, deep-fried pork cutlets (tonkatsu)are wildly popular in Japan. The tangy, apple-and-tomato-based sauce that accompanies them—sometimes referred to as Japanese Worcestershire sauce—is also known as tonkatsu. Kikkoman makes a good version, which is available at Asian food stores and pacificeastwest.com.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 4 pork cutlets (about 1 pound)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 slices of white sandwich bread
  • 1/4 cup tonkatsu sauce
  • Dill pickles, for serving (optional)


  1. Season the pork cutlets with salt and pepper. Put the flour, egg and panko into 3 separate shallow bowls. Dust the cutlets with the flour, then dip them into the egg and coat with the panko, pressing lightly to help the crumbs adhere.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. Fry the cutlets 2 at a time over high heat, turning once, until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Lightly butter the bread and top with the fried pork cutlets. Spoon the tonkatsu sauce on top of the cutlets and close the sandwiches. Cut into thirds and serve with dill pickles.
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