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Panko-Crusted Pork Chops with Napa Salad

Tonkatsu -- pork cutlets that have been coated with panko and fried -- is a popular dish in Japan, where it's often accompanied by cabbage and a dipping sauce. The tangy-sweet Tonkatsu dipping sauce is usually cooked. Try our fast take on it (no cooking required!) not only with our recipe but also with steak, chicken, or fish.

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  • Servings: 4
Panko-Crusted Pork Chops with Napa Salad

Source: Everyday Food, May 2007


  • 1/2 small napa cabbage, thinly sliced crosswise (6 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (6 ounces each), trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Make salad: In a medium bowl, combine cabbage and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Set aside.

  2. Place flour, egg, and panko, each in separate shallow bowls; season each with salt and pepper. Dip pork chops into flour and then egg, shaking off excess. Dip into panko, pressing to adhere.

  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add pork, and cook until browned and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together ketchup, Worcestershire, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; season with salt, and stir to combine. Thinly slice chops crosswise, and serve with Napa Salad and sauce on the side.

Reviews (5)

  • RobDebAdam 17 Nov, 2011

    Ok, first off dump the salt with the pork.It's salty enough on it's own.Second the sauce ,is pretty bad,use Kikkoman katsu or use teriyaki .The result will be as close to japanese as you can get.We served it with white rice and broc as we didn't have cabbage on hand.It was awesome.Remember just use the panko ,flour and egg,no other seasoning needed.The sauce is the accent.Otherwise is too salty.

  • cookingmama4 3 Aug, 2010

    Yummy! Great recipe!

  • Whitedog 12 Dec, 2008

    I add 1/8 teaspoon of allspice to the BBQ sauce.

  • jna 31 Mar, 2008

    This was wonderful.. be sure to make the sauce with it. Perfect as always!

  • jna 31 Mar, 2008

    This was wondeful.. be sure to make the sauce with it. Perfect as always!

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