Tonkatsu sauce is popular in Japan for tonkatsu and other fried foods. This tonkatsu sauce recipe is easy to make and is tangy and rich. It makes a great Japanese style katsu chicken sauce and is perfect for dipping all your favorite deep fried food!
Growing up, whenever we had chicken katsu, tonkatsu, or korokke, we always had the Bulldog brand sauce along with it. And you know what? I never liked it. *gasp* I know. My brothers would pour a bunch on, and I would just very lightly put a few drops on mine. Weird kid. I also didn’t like to dip my fries in ketchup.
Well, I dip my fries in ketchup now, but I like to make my own sauce. It’s super simple to make and keep at home and it makes a great chicken katsu sauce.
This tonkatsu sauce recipe is great because it’s made with ingredients that many people have on hand! Ketchup, butter, worcestershire sauce (can’t pronounce it, but I THINK I spelled it right, haha), soy sauce, and a little bit of garlic powder.
This sauce can be used for soooo many more things than just tonkatsu. Try it out as a chicken katsu sauce recipe or the next time you make your favorite fried food! Or you can try non fried food. I haven’t tried dipping veggies in it, but I could see it working!
This tonkatsu sauce goes well with my Japanese croquette recipe (korokke), a type of dumpling which uses potatoes inside and beaten egg and Japanese style panko bread crumbs outside . As you can see in the picture above, my 3 year old was loving it!
What is Tonkatsu Sauce? Tonkatsu Vs. Tonkotsu?
The Japanese tonkatsu 豚カツ is directly translated as “pork cutlet.” It is a traditional Japanese pork cutlet that is usually deep fried in Japanese style panko breading giving it a golden brown color. It is then served with tonkatsu sauce and steamed rice.
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Tonkatsu sauce is a thick sweet and savory Japanese sauce that can be served with tonkatsu (pork cutlet) or other fried foods. Some people might call it katsu sauce when served with katsu chicken (panko breaded chicken cutlets, chicken breasts or thighs.)
Traditional Japanese tonkatsu sauce, such as the Bulldog brand and other commercial brands are made with fruit and vegetable purees and pastes, malt vinegar, yeast and other spices. Other variations are sometimes made with brown sugar.
Homemade tonkatsu sauce is easy to make and tastes great! It can be made with five ingredients that most people already have at home. Butter, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and garlic.
Tonkotsu and tonkatsu are similar sounding words but are actually two different dishes. The word tonkotsu 豚骨 comes from two words “ton” 豚 which means pork and “kotsu” 骨 which means bone. It is a type of ramen which uses pork bones boiled for several hours a to make a flavorful broth.