Katsudon Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl

Katsudon recipe

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 4 bowls
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
801 Calories
36g Fat
78g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 801
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 1908mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 695mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Katsudon is a popular Japanese dish consisting of tonkatsu (breaded deep-fried pork) and eggs cooked in a sweet and salty broth served over rice. Katsu, or "cutlet" in Japanese, refers to meat that's been pounded thin before being cooked. Don, or donburi, identifies this as a bowl dish. Katsudon is hearty compared to other donburi, but the taste is so good that you will not mind the extra calories from deep-frying the tonkatsu.

In Japanese culture, katsudon is considered soul food—the symbol of a tasty warm meal that can melt even the coldest part of your heart. Katsudon is a typical lunch dish in Japan, and it is available at many casual restaurants, such as udon noodle shops, small corner restaurants, and bento shops. For those of us outside of Japan, here's a simple recipe to make this satisfying dish at home.

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Ingredients

  • 2 center-cut boneless pork chops, pounded down to 1 centimeter thick

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting

  • 5 large eggs, beaten, divided

  • 1 cup panko

  • Oil, for frying

  • 1 1/4 cups dashi soup stock

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 cups Japanese steamed rice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Katsudon
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  2. Season the pounded pork chops with salt and pepper.

    Seasoned pork chops on a plate
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  3. Dust with a light, even coating of flour.

    Pork chops dusted with flour
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  4. In one shallow bowl, beat 1 of the eggs. Put the panko into another shallow bowl.

    Beaten egg and panko in separate bowls
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  5. Add a thin, even layer of oil to a cast-iron pan or skillet over medium heat. The oil is ready when you drop a panko breadcrumb into it and it sizzles.

    Oil in a skillet
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  6. Dip the flour-dusted pork into the egg to coat both sides.

    Coating pork chop in beaten egg
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  7. Transfer the pork to the panko and press it evenly into the meat to get a good coating.

    Coating egg-dipped pork chop in panko
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  8. Carefully lay the pork chops in the hot oil and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on one side, until golden brown.

    Pork chops frying in oil
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  9. Flip and cook the other side for another 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned, crispy, and cooked through.

    Pork chops flipped and frying in pan
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  10. Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.

    Fried pork chops draining on paper towels
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  11. Slice your tonkatsu into pieces.

    Sliced fried pork
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  12. Put the dashi soup stock in a pan and heat on medium heat.

    Dashi stock in a pot
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  13. Add the soy sauce, mirin, and sugar to the soup and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.

    Broth mixture in a pot
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  14. To cook 1 serving of katsudon, put 1/4 of the soup and 1/4 of the sliced onion in a small skillet. Simmer for a few minutes on medium heat.

    Onion and broth simmering in a skillet
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  15. Add 1 serving of tonkatsu pieces (half of 1 pork cutlet) to the pan and simmer on low heat for a few minutes.

    Add tonkatsu on top of onions and broth
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  16. Beat another one of the eggs in a bowl. Bring the soup to a boil and pour the egg over the tonkatsu and onion.

    Beaten egg added to skillet
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  17. Turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. Cook until the egg has set and remove it from the heat. The egg should be cooked through.

    Tonkatsu in a skillet
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  18. Serve by placing 1 serving of steamed rice in a large rice bowl. Top with the simmered tonkatsu on top of the rice. Repeat to make 3 more servings.

    Tonkatsu served in a bowl over rice
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Tips

  • Preparing katsudon makes a few dirty pans because the tonkatsu has to be prepared first, and thus you cannot cook everything at one time in one pan. However, the process is easy and relatively quick.
  • If you are good at multitasking, you can cook two individual servings of katsudon (during the egg, onion, and broth phase) in two small pans at once.

What Do You Serve With Katsudon?

Katsudon is a meal in a bowl, needing little accompaniment for a filling lunch. Try serving with edamame, a green salad with a Japanese-style dressing, or pickled cucumbers.

What Can I Use if I Don't Have Mirin?

Mirin is available in most grocery stores and online and adds delicious flavor to a variety of sauces and dishes. If you don't have any handy, try substituting with a smaller amount of sake (since the flavor is stronger) and adding a little extra sugar. Alternatively, dry sherry works fairly well or even dry white wine.