Air Fryer Pork Katsu

Juicy, tender pork cutlets wrapped in a crispy layer of breadcrumbs with a sweet-and-savory sauce drizzled over the top makes this Air Fryer Pork Katsu an easy dish to fall in love with.

Juicy, tender pork cutlets wrapped in a crispy layer of breadcrumbs with a sweet-and-savory sauce drizzled over the top makes this Air Fryer Pork Katsu an easy dish to fall in love with.

This breaded pork cutlet may resemble my Pork Schnitzel, but there are a couple of things that make it katsu. The thick, sweet and savory sauce served over the cutlet, steamed rice, and shredded fresh cabbage served on the side.

Much like the pork schnitzel this recipe is very basic and simple and comes together pretty quickly.

You can purchase pork cutlets or prepare them yourself by pounding pork sirloin chops to 1/4-inch thickness. Then bread them by dredging each cutlet in flour, dipping in an egg wash, and coating with panko bread crumbs.

I love using panko bread crumbs when I’m breading meat, but this recipe requires panko. It just wouldn’t be katsu without them. For this recipe, olive oil is combined with the panko to aid in the browning in the air fryer.

I prefer to season the cutlets with salt and pepper prior to breading rather than seasoning the breadcrumbs. I feel like they are more evenly seasoned that way.

Make sure that there’s enough room around the cutlets when you place them in the air fryer. If there isn’t enough room, the breading will not crisp up and the whole point of a katsu – or any breaded cutlet – is to get the crispiest, crunchiest crust. You may need to work in batches to accomplish this. If so, pre-heat your oven to 180˚F to keep the cooked katsu warm and crisp while the remaining cutlets are cooking.

Traditionally, katsu is cut into thin strips before serving and the sauce is spooned over the top. You can purchase katsu sauce in most grocery stores or if you prefer, you can make it at home. Serious Eats has a simple recipe that utilizes things that you’re likely to have in your pantry. A side of steamed rice and shredded cabbage or a simple cabbage salad and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time at all.

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Air Fryer Pork Katsu


  • Author: Leigh Olson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

Juicy, tender pork cutlets wrapped in a crispy layer of breadcrumbs with a sweet-and-savory sauce drizzled over the top makes this Air Fryer Pork Katsu an easy dish to fall in love with.


Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork sirloin cutlets, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Homemade or store-bought Katsu sauce
  • Shredded cabbage for serving
  • Cooked rice for serving
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. Place one pork cutlet between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to 1/4-inch thickness. (See how in the post). Repeat with remaining cutlets.
  2. Season both sides of each of the pork cutlets with salt and pepper.
  3. On your work surface, line up three shallow bowls, cake or pie pans are perfect.
  4. In the first, place the flour.
  5. In the second, whisk together the eggs.
  6. In the third, combine the breadcrumbs and olive oil. Mix to coat all bread crumbs with the oil.
  7. Start by dredging both sides of a pork cutlet in the flour, then dipping both sides into the eggs and then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.
  8. Working in batches if necessary, place the breaded pork cutlets in the air fryer basket without overlapping.
  9. Set the temperature to 360˚F and cook for 10 minutes. Turn cutlets over half-way through the cooking time.
  10. Remove from air fryer basket and keep warm in a pre-heated 180˚F oven.
  11. Repeat until all pork chops are cooked.
  12. Serve with rice, shredded cabbage, lemon wedges, and homemade or store-bought katsu sauce.

Notes

Nutrition information does not include rice or cabbage.

 

Air Fryer Pork Katsu

4 responses to “Air Fryer Pork Katsu”

  1. Michael H says:

    Just leaving a review really to redeem this recipe. I’ve cooked katsu many many times in many different ways but needed a refresher with air-frying. There’s nothing wrong with the temp or time. This is even comparable to competitor sites’ katsu recipes that I’ve googled just to be sure (I don’t have a favourite, I just use whichever sounds reasonable). Not sure what went wrong for the previous review as they seem well versed. Unlike them, any new inexperienced cooks might want to be careful of are the following factors if they want to avoid the same fate:
    – Don’t get your katsu right out of the fridge. Let them warm a little to room temp. This is the same for any meat, they need time to get to a working temp. I in fact had to let them thaw, and then some so I took them out much earlier.
    – It’s pretty traditional to tenderize the pork chop quite a bit – mine don’t end up super thin, but be sure to do this otherwise you’ll just have a thick piece of pork that will take more time to cook
    – Preheat your airfryer at the cooking temp before the first katsu
    – Do not confuse the 180F *other* oven, suggested for holding the finished katsu with the 360F that they need to be cooked at for the air fryer.

  2. Adriana says:

    Temperature and time was NOT correct at all. I had to practically double the time and even then I still cooked it a bit longer. They were cut very thin. I’ve made katsu in oil plenty of times so I know that method, but the air fryer instructions are off.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      I’m not sure what went wrong for you, Adriana! With our testing, at 360°F for 10 minutes, the pork was between 150-160° which is perfectly within the suggested safe zone of 145-165°F. If your pork was thicker than 1/4-inch or if you’re used to pork that is more well-done than that, the issue could lie there.

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