Japanese Croquettes

Japanese Croquettes Recipe

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Vickie Parks


Potato croquettes, called Korokke in Japan, are popular throughout Japan. There are many different versions of croquettes that can include shrimp, crab or other ingredients. But this recipe is for a basic potato croquette that's a good place to start when making croquettes. Then you can start adding other ingredients as you get comfortable with the recipe and want to try different variations.


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40 Min
15 Min
Deep Fry


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  • 5 medium
    potatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 1 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 1/4 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/4 lb
    ground pork
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    curry powder
  • 1/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 large
    egg, beaten
  • 2 c
    panko (or plain bread crumbs)
  • ·
    oil, for frying
  • 3 Tbsp
    tonkatsu sauce (or spicy ketchup or bbq sauce)

How to Make Japanese Croquettes


  1. Boil potatoes 20 to 30 minutes or until soft inside. Remove skin, and mash the potatoes.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet, then sauté onion in the melted butter for 3 minutes. Add beef and pork, and cook about 3 minutes or until no pink remains in the meats.
  3. In a bowl, mix mashed potato, cooked meats, salt, pepper and curry powder. Shape into croquettes or oval balls, about the size and shape of a small potato.
  4. Sprinkle flour on both sides of each croquette, then roll in the beaten egg, then cover with panko crumbs.
  5. Heat oil to to 375°F (190°C), and fry the croquettes until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side. Transfer fried croquettes to a platter.
  6. Spoon a little tonkatsu sauce (or spicy ketchup or BBQ sauce) on each croquette, and serve.

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About Japanese Croquettes

Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Japanese
Hashtags: #croquettes, #Korokke

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