Baked Tonkatsu - Japanese Pork Dish
The key to achieving crispy and golden brown panko is to pre-cook the panko before breading the pork. That way you won’t need to spray or pour a lot of oil on the panko in order for it to turn golden brown.
Do not use thick pieces of pork, 1/2 inch thick only, this way it will cook quickly and evenly.
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- cup panko (japanese breadcrumbs)
- tbsp. olive oil
- pieces pork loin (1/2 lb ,226 g), ½ inch (1.2 cm) thickness
- tsp. salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- tbsp. all-purpose flour
- large egg
- tonkatsu sauce
- tbsp. black and/or white sesame seeds
1Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2Combine the panko and oil in a frying pan and toast over medium heat until golden brown. Transfer panko into a shallow dish and allow to cool.
3Get rid of the extra fat and make a couple of slits on the copnnective tissue between the meat and fat. The reason why you do this is that red meat and fat have different elasticity, and when they are cooked they will shrink and expand at different rates. This will allow Tonkatus to stay nice and flat and prevent Tonkatsu from curling up.
4Pound the meat with a meat pounder, or if you don’t have one then just use the back of knife to pound. Mold the extended meat back into original shape with your hands.
5Sprinkle salt and freshly ground black pepper.
6Dredge each pork piece in the flour to coat completely and pat off the excess flour. Then dip into the beaten egg and finally coat with the toasted panko. Press on the panko flakes to make sure they adhere to the pork.
7Place the pork on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the pork is no longer pink inside, about 20 minutes.
8Cut Tonkatsu into 1 inch pieces (so you can eat with chopsticks) by pressing the knife directly down instead of moving back and forth. This way the panko will not come off. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.
9To make special sesame tonkatsu sauce, grind black and white sesame seeds in a mortor and add tonkatsu sauce. Mix all together.