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Kaki Mochi Crusted Pork Tonkatsu Recipe

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Kaki mochi crusted pork tonkatsu is made with tender slices of pork breaded and fried to golden brown perfection. All you need is 5 simple ingredients for a quick and easy dinner.

pork tonkatsu on a plate with rice

I mean anything breaded and fried sounds amazing right? And best of all just 5 ingredients and all of 20 minutes of your time. The perfect weeknight dish.

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What is pork tonkatsu?

Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish made of breaded and fried pork.It is often served with sliced cabbage and rice and is a popular dish in Japan as well as Hawai’i.

close up of sliced pork tonkatsu

Ingredients for pork tonkatsu

  • All purpose flour
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg
  • Maika’i Nori Maki Kaki Mochi
  • Panko
  • Pork cutlet
  • Cooking oil of choice
kaki mochi pork tonkatsu ingredients

Garlic salt and pepper are seasonings and your cooking oil are pantry staples that you likely have at home.

Substitutions

  • Looking for a gluten free option? Swap out flour and panko with the gluten free alternative of your choice.
  • You can also use pork loin, pork chops, or any other cut of pork that you wish.

What is kaki mochi?

Kaki mochi, also known as mochi crunch or arare, is a seasoned Japanese rice cracker that is ever so popular here in Hawai’i. This delicious snack is made from glutinous rice flour and flavored with soy sauce. Find it in hurricane popcorn or just eat it on it’s own for a great on the go snack.

kaki mochi for pork tonkatsu

What does tonkatsu mean?

Ton translates to pork and katsu is short for katsuretsu which means cutlet.

What cut of pork is used in tonkatsu?

  • Pork cutlet
  • Pork loin
  • Pork chops
kaki mochi breading for pork tonkatsu

What to serve with pork tonkatsu?

Tonkatsu makes for a great donburi meal. Donburi is a Japanese term that literally means bowl, but is used to describe a bowl of rice with some type of meat, fish, or veggie on top. You can also add an egg to make a pork cutlet rice bowl or katsudon.

What are other cooking options for tonkatsu?

  • Baked: Skip the oil and bake up a batch in the oven.
  • Air fried: Jump in on the air fryer trend and whip these up even quicker than in the oven.

How to store pork tonkatsu?

Once your pork cutlet has cooled, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. 

pork tonkatsu in a frying pan

How long does cooked pork last in the refrigerator?

Cooked pork will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, making this a great meal prep dish.

Can you freeze pork tonkatsu?

Pork tonkatsu can be easily frozen for future use. Place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for 3-6 months.

How to reheat tonkatsu?

When reheating from the refrigerator you can warm it up in the microwave, however you will not get that crispy outer layer using this method. To maintain the crunch I’d suggest either baking, air frying, or refrying it in the cooking oil of your choice.

sliced pork tonkatsu on a plate

Other great katsu dishes

How to make pork tonkatsu?

  1. To a plate or shallow dish add flour, garlic salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. To another plate add the egg. Whisk to combine. 
  2. Add mochi crunch to a food processor and blend until fine crumbs. Add panko and pulse a few times to combine. Pour the mixture onto the last plate.
  3. Dip pork in flour, being sure to coat the surface, then egg, and then the mochi crunch mixture.
  4. Heat cooking oil of choice in a skillet to 350F. Place pork cutlet in oil and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oil and set on a paper to drain the excess oil. Cool slightly and ENJOY!
sliced pork tonkatsu on a plate

Kaki Mochi Crusted Pork Tonkatsu

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

All you need is 5 simple ingredients to make this kaki mochi pork tonkatsu. Quick and delicious dinner that even the kids will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Maika’i Nori Maki Kaki Mochi
  • ½ cup panko
  • 2 pounds pork cutlet
  • Cooking oil of choice

Instructions

  1. To a plate or shallow dish add flour, garlic salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. To another plate add the egg. Whisk to combine. 
  2. Add mochi crunch to a food processor and blend until fine crumbs. Add panko and pulse a few times to combine. Pour the mixture onto the last plate.
  3. Dip pork in flour, being sure to coat the surface, then egg, and then the mochi crunch mixture.
  4. Heat cooking oil of choice in a skillet to 350F. Place pork cutlet in oil and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oil and set on a paper to drain the excess oil. Cool slightly and ENJOY!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on April 25th, 2021

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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4 thoughts on “Kaki Mochi Crusted Pork Tonkatsu Recipe”

  1. Hi Relle!
    If I wanted to bake this instead of fry, at what temp & for how long? Also saw/printed ur chicken katsu recipe; can u pls tell me at what temp & how long if I can bake that one too? 😊
    Mahalo!

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    • Aloha Iris. You can bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes for the pork chops and the chicken for 12-15 minutes. It really depend on the thickness of the cut of meat and the altitude at which you live. The best way to know if the meat is done is to check the internal temperature. These settings are just a guideline. Mahalo!

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    • Aloha. Same recipe. I’ve never done this on in the air fryer, but I’d try 375F for 10 min and flip half way through. You’ll have to adjust based on thickness of the pork. Just be sure to cook through to a minimum temperature of 145F. Let me know how it goes if you try it. Have a great day.

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