Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish that consists of breading and deep-frying a pork cutlet. Our Tonkatsu recipe uses the oven to bake the pork and we serve it over a ginger-lime cabbage slaw. The flavors of this dish meld well with each other and this is an easy recipe to create.
2 large eggs
2 cups panko
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 8 pieces, then pounded to about 1/8″ thick
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 small green cabbage, cored
2 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal
1. Heat oven to 450F.
2. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs.
3. On a large plate, combine panko and oil.
4. Dip pork cutlet into egg, let any excess drip off.
5. Then dredge cutlet into the panko to coat.
6. Transfer to a rack set in a rimmed baking sheet.
7. Repeat for all cutlets and roast for 30-minutes (until golden brown.)
8. Once done sprinkle cutlets with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
9. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lime juice, ginger, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
10. Thinly shave cabbage.
11. In a large bowl, toss cabbage with vinaigrette and scallions.
12. Serve with cutlets.
We preface all of our wine pairing suggestions by letting you know that it’s really a matter of personal taste. While we do offer our opinions and why we selected a specific varietal, there is no right or wrong answer when pairing a wine with your dinner.
Chenin Blanc Wine
This Tonkatsu recipe would go great with a good dry crisp white wine. We suggest pairing this dish with a Chenin Blanc. A Chenin Blanc is a dry white wine with flavors of quince, yellow apple and pear. The flavors and herbal notes pairs well to offset the acidity of the cabbage. Follow the link to our wine review site to find our favorite Chenin Blanc wines-LetsHaveWine.com