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.
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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