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Prep Time:
20 minutes
Grill time:
30 Minutes

Katsudon – Pork Cutlet

Comfort Food – Asian Cuisine Style

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Katsudon – Pork Cutlet
Serves 4
Prep Time:
Grill time: 30 Minutes

Katsudon; also known as a Pork Cutlet Bowl is a delicious comfort food featuring a fried pork cutlet on a bed of rice with caramelized onions, egg, and a special sauce on top. This version is slightly disassembled and no less delicious. Served with an Asian-style BBQ Bloomin’ Onion and on a bed of fresh sticky rice, this delightful recipe will make it onto your comfort food list for sure.

Fry on hot cast iron griddle
Fry on hot cast iron griddle
Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious

Katsudon – Pork Cutlet

Serves: 4       Total Time: 50 Minutes


  • 4 large, boneless pork chops 
  •  1½ cups of panko breading 
  •  3 tbsp. flour 
  •  2 tsp. chinese five spice 
  •  2 tsp. salt 
  •  1 tsp. pepper 
  •  ½ tsp. garlic powder 
  •  ½ tsp. ginger powder 
  •  1 egg
  •  2 tbsp. water 
  •  ¼ cup of high temperature oil like peanut or avocado 
  •  3 cups of rice, cooked 
  •  green onion and sesame seeds for garnish

 Asian-Style BBQ Bloomin’ Onion: 

  •  4 small red onions
  • 4 tbsp. sesame oil 
  •  2 tsp. garlic powder  
  • 2 tsp. ginger powder 
  •  pinch of crushed red chili flakes 
  •  salt to taste 

 Katsu Sauce: 

  •  2 tbsp. sugar 
  •  ¼ cup soy sauce 
  •  2 tsp. sesame oil 
  •  2 tbsp. mirin 
  •  2 tsp. miso paste


Step 1
Replace one set of your cooking grids with a Cast Iron Griddle. Preheat the grill to 375°F, lighting the burners beneath the griddle and leaving the other burners off. Brush the griddle with a coating of high temperature oil, like peanut or avocado.
Step 2
Cut the top off your onion, then, if necessary, cut a little off the root end of the onion so that it will sit flat. Carefully remove the skin. Slice the onion from the top down using chopsticks to prevent you from cutting all the way through.
Step 3
Mix together the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, and miso paste. Drizzle in the sesame oil while whisking to create the Katsu Sauce. Set aside.
Step 4
In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger powder, and chili flakes. Pour 1 tbsp. of the mixture over top of each onion, then place them on the “off” side of the grill.
Step 5
Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the pork chops until they are less than ½ an inch thick. In a flat dish, combine the panko, flour, five spice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder. Whisk the egg well with the water.
Step 6
Dip each pork cutlet into the egg mixture then dredge in the panko mixture, pressing the crumbs into the meat to make sure everything is coated well.
Step 7
Warm 2 tbsp. of oil on the preheated griddle for a minute or two. Lay down the breaded pork cutlets and fry them until golden on the bottom around 5 to 8 minutes. Flip the pork adding more oil as needed to keep them frying.
Step 8
Use an instant read thermometer to make sure that the pork has reached an internal temperature of 155°F to 160°F, remove it from the grill. Rest and drain on a paper towel for 5 minutes before slicing into strips.
Step 9
Serve the cutlets on a bed of rice with the bloomin’ onion on the side. Top with sesame seeds and green onion slices. You can drizzle it all with sauce, or dip.
Still delicious
Still delicious
Serve with onion and rice
Serve with onion and rice
garnish with green onion
garnish with green onion

I love Katsudon – Pork Cutlet is delicious, comforting, and did I mention so tasty? The crunchy coating, succulent pork, tender rice, and tangy sauce, all come together to form a heavenly experience on your tongue. What is your favorite grill-cooked comfort food? Tell us on social media by using the hashtags #NapoleonGrill and #BBQcomfortFood. 

 Happy Grilling!

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