Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oven-Fried Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu: breaded pork cutlets and vegetables over steamed rice

I was in the mood for something light and crispy. I made this tonkatsu recipe earlier this summer with chicken cutlets instead of pork. The thing I didn't like was it was fried in a skillet and it was oily. And as leftovers, they were stiff. Such a disappointment, because I like leftovers. So I wanted to make a low-calorie option that didn't require pan-frying. Here is my recipe for Oven-fried Tonkatsu. have to make the sauce first!

Tonkatsu Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup sake or Japanese rice wine (substitute rice vinegar)
2 tablespoons ginger, minced (or 2 inches of fresh ginger root, sliced)
2 tablespoons garlic, minced (or 3-4 large cloves garlic)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup mirin

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer 25-30 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, start the pork medallions.

4 pork tenderloin medallions,  trimmed of fat and silver, pounded to 1/4 inch thickness
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup safflower oil

Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Have a baking tray ready. It doesn't need to be greased.

Combine salt, pepper, and flour in a shallow dish. Combine egg and water. Dip each medallion in the egg mixture, then the flour mixture, next dip in the oil, and finally coat with the breadcrumbs. Place each medallion on the baking tray. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes, turning once, half-way through cooking. Cut each medallion into slivers. Drizzle with tonkatsu sauce and serve on a bed of rice with steamed vegetables. It's so not oily, and it's crunchy and delicious! My only regret is that there were no leftovers.

1 comment:

  1. Arg! Mine took much longer and I had to broil to get it to brown. :(