Tonkatsu with Ponzu Sauce


I was looking for something light, quick, and easy. I had some pork cutlets which I usually chicken fry and serve with potatoes and gravy. That did not seem light! So I decided to take a trip to Japan and use some Panko bread crumbs to make Tonkatsu. Just season the pork cutlets, dredge in flour, then dip in egg. Next, take them for a trip through Panko bread crumbs pressing them to the pork to help them stick. Quickly fry in some oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with sticky Sushi rice and quickly whisk up some Ponzu sauce. I included a recipe for the sauce below, double or triple if you want more. Now you have an Asian inspired version of a similar meal.

Ponzu Sauce


  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 ½ Tbsp lemon or lime juice

  • A few pinches of orange zest

  • 1 Tbsp mirin or sake

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before servings.

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