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Katsu Don

Come try the savory delight of my Katsu Don, a traditional Japanese rice bowl dish brimming with fried pork cutlets in a rich donburi sauce, all nestled atop a bed of fluffy rice! Experience the authentic flavors of Japan with this homemade recipe, perfect for a satisfying meal any day of the week. Get ready to savor every bite and elevate your Japanese inspired with this flavorful dish!

Katsu don being pick up with a pair of choptsicks.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Katsu Don recipe holds a special place in my heart as it’s an authentic rendition of the traditional Japanese dish, much like the one my mother used to prepare when I was a kid! It’s part of a cherished lineage of Japanese rice bowl dishes like Soboro Donburi Ground Chicken Bowl, featuring crispy Pork Tonkatsu simmered in my signature Donburi Sauce, mixed with eggs, and served over a bed of rice!

This dish is for anyone seeking the comforting flavors of Japan in a straightforward recipe that guarantees a deliciously juicy and savory experience. Join me in recreating this authentic Japanese delight at home and savor the taste of tradition with every satisfying bite!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Pork – use boneless pork loin or pork chops no more then 1/2 inch thick.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Flour  all purpose flour used for the panko coating. Use Almond Flour for a low carb recipe.
  • Eggs – beaten used for the panko coating and in the donburi sauce.
  • Panko – panko bread crumbs used for the tonkatsu coating. For low carb, use crushed pork rinds or Pork Panko.
  • Rice – white rice is traditional used for donburi dishes, but can also use brown rice or rice of choice. Use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions used for garnish.
  • Dashi fish broth made from steeping kombu and bonito flakes with boiling water. Can also use Hondashi mixed in water for instant dashi. Base of the sauce to provide umami flavors.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. Adds additional umami flavor to the donburi sauce and balance out the flavors.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Onion – sliced yellow or brown onion. Helps add subtle sweetness to the donburi sauce.

🥓 Pork Chop Note

Use Pork Chops No Thicker Than 1/2 Inch. Thicker cuts will require an extended cooking time and may lead to overcooking of the panko crust.

🥢 Dashi Pro Tip

For easier preparation of the dashi, use Hondashi mixed with water. This quick tip simplifies the process and ensures a flavorful base for your dish.

🍶 Mirin Note

We acknowledge that mirin might not be readily available in all locations. To maintain the authentic flavors of this donburi sauce, my recipe modifies the ratio of Japanese sake and sweetener to substitute for mirin.

Ingredients to make katsu don on the countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Large Flat Frying Pan

Directions

🍖 Brining Pro Tip

Consider brining the pork chops in a solution of 2 Cups of Water with 2 Tablespoons of Salt for 30-45 Minutes. This method can result in exceptionally Flavorful and Tender Pork. However, exercise caution to prevent over-brining, which can lead to overly salty pork. Is using this brining technique, remember to skip the salt during the seasoning process for the best results.

Step 1Pat dry the pork loin and season it with salt and black pepper.

Pork chops seasoned with salt and black pepper.

🧂 Seasoning Pro Tip

For even seasoning, try Sprinkling from a Higher Above.

Step 2Dredge the pork in flour, then in beaten eggs, and coat it with panko breadcrumbs.

Pork chops coated with panko.

Step 3Preheat the oil to a temperature of at least 350°F. Deep-fry the panko coated pork for 2-3 minutes or until they turn a crispy golden brown. Once fried, transfer the pork tonkatsu to a drying rack to allow any excess oil to drip off.

Tonkatsu being deep fried.

🍳 Deep Frying Pro Tip

For optimal results when deep frying, ensure that the Oil is Preheated to a temperature between 350°F to 375°F. Additionally, Avoid Overcrowding the pan to maintain the oil temperature within the optimal range throughout the frying process.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

Utilize a meat thermometer to confirm the pork reaches a safe consumption temperature of 145°F. This ensures your tonkatsu is perfectly cooked and safe to enjoy.

Step 4Prepare Dashi.

Dashi in a bowl.

Step 5In a frying pan, combine dashi, soy sauce, sweetener, and Japanese sake. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add sliced onions and simmer for 60 seconds uncovered.

Donburi sauce with onions in a frying pan.

Step 6Transfer the tonkatsu into the frying pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and let the tonkatsu cook for 1-2 minutes flipping once halfway through, allowing it to absorb the flavors of the donburi sauce.

Tonkatsu with donburi sauce in a frying pan.

Step 7Gradually pour the beaten egg into the pan with the tonkatsu and gently stir until the egg is cooked to your desired level of doneness.

Eggs being cooked in a frying pan with a tonkatsu and donburi sauce.

🥚 Egg Pro Tip

The Egg Doneness is Personal Preference and can vary. Some enjoy them very runny, while others prefer them fully cooked, resembling scrambled eggs. Typically, the traditional preparation falls somewhere in between, but the choice is entirely yours.

Step 8Remove the tonkatsu, slice it, and transfer it on top of a bowl of rice. Then, drizzle the remaining sauce and eggs over the top.

Katsu don in a bowl topped with green onions.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For a finishing touch, garnish your donburi with chopped Green Onions.

Recipe Variations

Enhance your donburi with flavorful variations. Try Chicken Katsu Don by swapping tonkatsu with a Chicken Katsu, or enjoy Oyakodon Chicken Donburi with cubed chicken. For a beef option, savor Gyudon Beef Bowl with thinly sliced beef.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your donburi with classic Japanese side dishes like Japanese Spinach Salad or Japanese Roasted Eggplant Yakinasu. For a comforting addition, serve alongside traditional Japanese Tofu Miso Soup.

Katsu don served in a bowl topped with green onions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the tonkatsu and sauce be meal prepped?

Absolutely! Both the tonkatsu and sauce can be easily meal prepped for convenience. After cooking, simply store the tonkatsu in a ziplock bag and the sauce in a separate one before freezing. When you're ready to enjoy another round, just defrost the tonkatsu, significantly reducing the preparation time to just 5 minutes.

How do I make the tonkatsu crispy without frying?

You can opt for an air fryer instead. Simply preheat your air fryer to 400°F and air fry the tonkatsu for 13-15 minutes.

What type of rice works best for katsu don?

The traditional choice is white rice, but you can also opt for healthier alternatives such as brown rice or cauliflower rice. Each option offers a slightly different texture and flavor profile, allowing you to customize your dish to your preference or dietary needs.

Can I make katsu don without eggs?

Yes, simply omit them from the recipe if preferred.

Storage Tips

While best enjoyed fresh, any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The dish will maintain its quality for 3-5 days.

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Katsu Don

Immerse yourself in the savory delights of Katsu Don, a beloved Japanese dish featuring crispy Tonkatsu bathed in savory sauce atop a bed of rice. Whether you're a newcomer to Japanese cuisine or a seasoned enthusiast, this recipe for Katsu Don, also known as Tonkatsu Don, offers a flavorful and satisfying dining experience right in your own kitchen.
5 from 2 votes
Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: katsu don, katsu donburi, tonkatsu don
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 321kcal

Ingredients

Katsu

  • 1/2 lbs Boneless Pork Top Loin 2 pieces
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Flour for low carb use almond flour
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1/3 Cup Panko for low carb use pork panko
  • 1 Stalk Green Onions chopped
  • 2 Bowl Rice for low carb use cauliflower rice

Sauce

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for katsu don on the counter top.
  • Dry the pork loin and season with salt and black pepper.
    Pork chops seasoned with salt and black pepper.
  • Coat the pork in flour, dip it in beaten eggs, and cover it with panko breadcrumbs.
    Pork chops coated with panko.
  • Preheat the oil to 350°F. Deep-fry the pork tonkatsu for 2-4 minutes until golden brown. Then, transfer them to a drying rack to remove excess oil.
    Tonkatsu being deep fried.
  • Prepare dashi and set aside.
    Dashi in a bowl.
  • Combine dashi, soy sauce, sweetener, and Japanese sake in a frying pan. Bring to a boil. Add sliced onions and simmer for 60 seconds uncovered.
    Donburi sauce with onions in a frying pan.
  • Transfer the tonkatsu into the frying pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 1-2 minutes flipping halfway to let the tonkatsu absorb the flavors of the donburi sauce.
    Tonkatsu with donburi sauce in a frying pan.
  • Gradually pour the beaten egg into the pan with the tonkatsu, gently stirring until the egg is cooked to your desired level of doneness.
    Eggs being cooked in a frying pan with a tonkatsu and donburi sauce.
  • Remove the tonkatsu from the frying pan, slice and transfer eggs onto a bowl of rice, then drizzle the remaining eggs and sauce over the top. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 240mg | Sodium: 1137mg | Potassium: 616mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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