Authentic Korokke Recipe: How to Make Delicious Japanese Potato Croquettes

This Japanese potato croquette recipe is a take on the classic French croquette. This step-by-step guide shows you how to make this authentic Korokke recipe from scratch. Patties of mashed potato and ground beef are coated in panko, deep fried, and served with tonkatsu sauce. With just a handful of ingredients, you can make this classic Japanese potato croquette at home.

Japanese croquettes with tonkatsu sauce

What is Korokke

Korokee is the Japanese version of the french croquette. Japanese potato croquettes are made by mixing potatoes with some kind of meat and or vegetables, forming an oval shaped ball and deep frying.

Growing up, korokke was one of those dishes that got everyone in the family excited for dinner. It’s just warm comforting goodness. And it’s fried. Mmmm.

Potato croquette, Japanese Korokke on a dish with cherry tomatoes and shredded cabbage.

Japanese Croquettes Are Light On Meat

I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of meat we consume in my household, both for economical and for health reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think meat is unhealthy, but I do think we as Americans can sometimes eat TOO much of it.

Korokke is a Japanese potato croquette recipe, and it combines potatoes with meat to make a filling meal that isn’t very meat heavy. The thing about potatoes is, the possibilities are endless. They have a great texture, and they are like a blank canvas, taste wise, so you can use them with all sorts of flavors. For the korokke recipe, the best potato to use is russet, because they make a great fluffy mashed potato.

Collage of steps to make japanese croquette. Peeling potato, shaping, flour, eggs, and panko coating.

Seriously though, potatoes. You can find potato dishes in any culture! Like, my favorite thing when I eat at a Korean restaurant is their potato appetizer thingy (do you know what I’m talking about? it’s kind of sweet and salty and sticky? SO GOOD).

Japan has a lot of potato dishes, and while korokke is not necessarily “traditional” (guys, the word is croquette said in a Japanese accent, soooo….), it’s REALLY popular. You can get them at meat shops, at restaurants, at food stands, in the basement of department stores… By the way, Japanese department stores often have a lower level that is a food heaven. And yes, I guarantee you that you can find Japanese croquettes there.

Japanese korokke, with tonkatsu sauce.

Anyways, living in America, I have to make it myself. Boo. But it’s really not difficult. The worst part is that you have to fry it, but that’s the worst part in any fried recipe, and it’s always worth it, don’t you think?

Basically you make mashed potatoes, you mix it with an onion and ground beef mixture (I add peas and corn, but it’s optional), you make patties, you coat it, and you fry it. Panko breading fries up SO crispy, I love it. In the picture above, you can see that I made some round ones for my kids. It’s fun because they can just dunk the Japanese potato croquettes and eat it with their hands!

Finished picture of korokke dish (Japanese potato croquettes) with tonkatsu sauce in the background.

You will definitely want to make some tonkatsu sauce to put on it, if you don’t have some on hand. The recipe I linked to is super easy and uses worcestershire sauce as a base along with other ingredients that most people have in their pantry.

Make sure you check out the tip, video and full recipe below to see exactly how to make the perfect karroke!

Tips for Making Authentic Korokke (Japanese Croquette):

  • Choose the Right Potatoes: Use russet potatoes for the best results. They have a fluffy texture that works well for making mashed potatoes.
  • Keep Some Texture: When mashing the potatoes, you don’t need to make them completely smooth. Leaving small chunks adds a nice texture to the croquettes.
  • Experiment with Fillings: While the recipe suggests using ground beef, you can get creative and try different fillings. Ground pork, chicken, or even vegetables like peas and corn can be added for variation.
  • Shape the Croquettes: Traditionally, korokke are oval-shaped, but you can shape them however you like. Consider making smaller round ones for kids to enjoy.
  • Coat the Croquettes Properly: The key to achieving a crispy exterior is to coat the croquettes in the right order. Dust each croquette with flour, then dip it in beaten egg, and finally, coat it with panko breadcrumbs.
  • Fry to Perfection: Fry the croquettes in oil over medium-high heat until they turn golden brown on both sides. Make sure the oil is hot enough before adding the croquettes to ensure they cook evenly and develop a crispy crust.
  • Drain Excess Oil: After frying, transfer the cooked croquettes to a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess oil.
  • Serve with Tonkatsu Sauce: Tonkatsu sauce is a popular condiment for the korokke recipe. You can find a recipe online or purchase it from a store. Alternatively, you can enjoy the croquettes plain or pair them with your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Get Creative with Presentation: Consider serving the croquettes with a side of shredded cabbage, cherry tomatoes, or a salad to add freshness and color to the plate.
  • Make Ahead and Reheat: If you want to prepare the Japanese croquette recipe in advance, you can shape and coat them, then refrigerate them until ready to fry. This allows you to save time on busy days. When reheating, use an oven or toaster oven to restore their crispiness.

Enjoy making these delicious Japanese potato croquettes at home and savor the comforting flavors of this classic dish.

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