Korokke コ ロ ッ ケ (Japanese croquette)

Korokke コ ロ ッ ケ is a Japanese croquette, a take on the French croquette, and is a very popular dish in Japan. This potato Korokke Recipe takes patties of mashed potato and ground beef that are coated in panko and deep fried. Served with a delicious sauce, this comfort food cannot be beat!

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.

Potato 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, 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 video below to see exactly how I made the korokke recipe!

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