Asian Essentials: Japanese Breaded Pork

Andy Anderson !


Japanese Breaded Pork, or Tonkatsu, is a quick tasty dish, that works well with a lot of different side dishes.

A must for this dish is some Japanese BBQ sauce. So yummy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
15 Min
Air Fryer



  • 1 large
    boneless pork tenderloin, about 1-inch (2.5cm) thick
  • 1/2 c
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 large
  • 2 tsp
    sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 c
    panko breadcrumbs
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Asian Essentials: Japanese Breaded Pork


  2. Chef’s Note: A must have for this recipe is some Japanese BBQ sauce, and here is a recipe for you:
    Sauce Essentials: Japanese BBQ Sauce
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add some salt and pepper to the flour, and place into a shallow dish.
  5. Whisk the egg, and sesame oil with a bit of water, and place into another shallow dish.
  6. Place the panko breadcrumbs into a third shallow dish, and mix with the additional teaspoon of sesame oil.
  7. Cut the boneless pork tenderloin in half lengthwise.
  8. Dip the pork into the flour, and thoroughly coat.
  9. Shake off the excess flour, and then dip into the egg mixture.
  10. Add to the panko, and thoroughly coat.
  11. Add the pork to the basket of your air fryer.
  12. Set the temp to 375f (190c), and cook until golden brown, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  13. Turn the pork over, and cook for an addition 4 – 5 minutes.
  15. Serve while nice and warm with your favorite sides. Enjoy.
  16. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Asian Essentials: Japanese Breaded Pork

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Japanese
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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