Katsu Sando Recipe Tonkatsu

Katsu sando

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish of breaded, fried pork served with cabbage and dark, sweet tonkatsu sauce. It also appears in sandwich form as the katsu sando, which is a popular grab-and-go lunch for busy workers.



  • white cabbage ½ small, finely shredded
  • lemon ½, juiced
  • pork escalopes 4, about 100g each
  • plain flour 4 tbsp, seasoned well
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • panko breadcrumbs 200g
  • oil for frying
  • thick white sandwich bread 8 slices
  • Kewpie or regular mayonnaise 2 tbsp


  • tomato ketchup 6 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
  • soy sauce 1 tbsp
  • mirin 1 tbsp
  • caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • garlic powder a good pinch


  • Step 1

    Mix together the sauce ingredients. Toss the cabbage with a good pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  • Step 2

    Bash out the pork escalopes so they are even and about 1cm thick. Dust with the flour, coat in egg then cover in breadcrumbs.

  • Step 3

    Heat a shallow pool of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Fry the escalopes for 3-4 minutes each side until crisp and golden.

  • Step 4

    Toast the bread until lightly golden. Spread 4 slices with mayo, add an escalope then spoon over some tonkatsu sauce. Add some cabbage then the rest of the toast, spread with more mayo if you like. Trim the ends off, cut in half and serve with the rest of the tonkatsu sauce.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 833
  • Fat 24.2g
  • Saturates 3.1g
  • Carbs 108g
  • Sugars 19.2g
  • Fibre 6.6g
  • Protein 42.5g
  • Salt 3.2g