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With thick juicy Tonkatsu doused in a sweet, spicy, savory and tangy sauce, this Katsu Sandwich recipe can be made at home with just a handful of ingredients.

Katsu Sando (カツサンド)

With a juicy thick-cut pork cutlet breaded in a crisp panko crust glazed in a spiced fruit sauce, Katsu Sandwiches, make for a satisfying and delicious lunch on the go. Today, I'm going to show you everything you need to know to make an amazing Katsu Sando, including the sauce!
Course Sandwich
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword breaded, cutlet, deep-fried, katsu, yoshoku
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Bread, Pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Sandwiches
Calories 846kcal


For sandwich

  • 4 slices sandwich bread thick cut
  • 2 pieces Tonkatsu
  • Japanese hot mustard to taste
  • Shredded cabbage

Tonkatsu sauce

  • ¼ cup sake
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 80 grams onion 1/2 small onion grated
  • 7 grams garlic 1 large clove grated


  • To make the sauce, add the sake and apple juice to a small saucepan, and bring the mixture to a boil.
    Reducing sake and apple juice to make Tonkatsu Sauce.
  • When the sake and apple juice mixture becomes thick and syrupy, turn down the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, and honey.
    Ketchup added to Katsu sauce amps up the umami and sweetness.
  • Grate in the onion and garlic and cook the mixture until it's nice and thick and no longer smells like raw onions.
    Garlic and onion grated into sauce for the Katsu Sando
  • Fry the Tonkatsu at 320 degrees F (160 C) until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Check out my Tonkatsu Recipe for more details.
    Frying Tonkatsu Pork Cutlet for Katsu Sando
  • While the pork is frying, lightly toast the bread.
    Toasting Japanese Milk Bread for Katsu Sando
  • When the pork is done, set it on a wire rack and immediately drizzle both sides with the tonkatsu sauce.
    Glazing Tonkatsu with sauce for Katsu Sando
  • To assemble the katsu sandwich, spread a thin layer of Japanese mustard on one piece of bread.
    Spreading spicy mustard on toasted bread is the first step for assembling a Katsu Sandwich.
  • Add a whole piece of tonkatsu and top with some shredded cabbage and another piece of bread.
    Topping the Katsu Sando with cabbage.
  • Give the sandwich a firm press with your hands to get the bread to conform to the shape of the Katsu. This helps prevent the sandwich from falling apart when you cut it in half.
    Use your hands to press on the Katsu Sandwich to help the bread conform to the cutlet.
  • Slice the Katsu Sando in half and serve.
    Cutting a Katsu Sandwich in half


Calories: 846kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 2023mg | Potassium: 1663mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 7.1mg