Pork Tonkatsu Balls

Pork Tonkatsu Balls

Tonkatsu is a simple deep fried breaded pork cutlet dish which is very popular in Japan, it usually served with shredded cabbage and miso soup. Originally called as “katsuretsu” which means cutlet, it was inspired from a type of yoshoku Japanese version that uses beef. It was first served in 1890’s in a Western-food restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. The term “tonkatsu” (pork katsu) was given during the 1930s.

There are also popular versions that does not use pork so if you are not fond of using pork you can try others like Chicken katsu (chicken), Menchi katsu (minced meat), Hamu katsu (ham), Gyu katsu (beef). But commonly this dish is prepared using a thinly sliced pork fillet but for this recipe we will be making it in ball shapes so it’s easy to snack on like chicken popcorns.


500g pork loin chops
1 cup flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
freshly ground black pepper
canola oil
Tonkatsu sauce


  1. Tenderize meat by pounding it with the blunt edge of a cleaver.
  2. Slice into bite size pieces then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Individually drench pork pieces in flour while forming it into small ball shapes, dip in the beaten egg then coat with panko. Set aside and do the same with the remaining pork pieces.
  4. Using a deep fryer, heat oil to 160C, deep fry pork pieces for a few minutes until it turns golden brown.
  5. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels then serve with tonkatsu sauce.


10 Responses

  1. Oh these looks incredible – my hubby would love them!
    :-) Mandy

  2. YUM – the panko makes it extra crispy !!

  3. Yummy Raymund but have to replace the sauce as I am not I can find it here, maybe with chilly sauce or mayonnaise.

  4. Judy says:

    These look crispy and delicious, would be great as appetizers for a party. Yum!

  5. That sauce across the top makes them almost look like a dessert. I think I could eat them for dessert!

  6. I will eat Tonkatsu aka deep fried pork any day of the week :). This looks absolutely delicious.

  7. crustabakes says:

    although there can be so many varities to this katsu using the different types of meat, my fave will still be these pork ones!

  8. brunch i København says:

    Looks very delicious :)



  9. Jill says:

    Going to make these and add to Zaru Soba!

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