Panko breadcrumbs

What are panko breadcrumbs and where can you buy them?

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Discover what panko breadcrumbs are, where to shop for them, and how to use them in our ingredient glossary

What are panko breadcrumbs?

‘Panko’ translates as ‘breadcrumbs’ in Japanese. Coarsely ground, they come in two varieties – white panko, made from crustless bread, and tan panko, made from whole loaf. Panko breadcrumbs are good for making breaded foods such as goujons and katsu sando and, as they don’t easily absorb oil, result in a lighter, less greasy end product. They can also be used to give a crisp topping to gratin and macaroni cheese.

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Where to buy panko breadcrumbs

Cooks’ Ingredients Panko Breadcrumbs, £2.49/150g, Waitrose

Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs, £3.85/300g, Amazon


Panko breadcrumb recipes

Breaded plaice with sauce vierge

Coat this delicate fish in panko breadcrumbs and serve with a herby sauce vierge for a seasonal dinner idea ready in 30 minutes.

Breaded Plaice Recipe with Sauce Vierge


Chicory with mixed pulses and grains

Check out this chicory salad with lentils, borlotti beans and crunchy panko breadcrumbs. This easy recipe comes from Italian restaurant Bancone in Covent Garden.

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Chicory with Grain Salad Recipe

’Nduja arancini

Check out this crunchy arancini idea with punchy ‘nduja, Grano Padano and saffron. This easy yet impressive recipe comes from Italian restaurant Bancone in Covent Garden.

Arancini with 'Nduja Sausage