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Tonkatsu with Cranberry Sauce

Updated on November 6, 2014
tonkatsu with cranberry sauce
tonkatsu with cranberry sauce

Most families here in Japan will be eating some kind of chicken dish ( usually a roasted chicken leg or KFC ) and a Christmas cake of some sort ( usually strawberry shortcake ) and although I have nothing against those two, I prefer to make some extra effort. Christmas is a time of joy, love and celebration and at least for me, it means making dishes that are extra special. Every year, we have a tradition of having dinner at home. The Christmas tree is decorated and Christmas songs are playing in the background. The house is lit up with candles and smells of nutmeg and cinnamon from the gingerbread cookies I've baked waft through the air adding to the already cozy and warm atmosphere. There simply is no better place than to be at home.

Tonkatsu with Cranberry Sauce

Last year, I made a dish that fuses Japanese and Western flavors. It's basically a tonkatsu ( Japanese-style pork cutlet ) with a cranberry sauce instead of the usual tonkatsu sauce. The cranberry sauce makes it that much more special . I enjoy mixing flavors from different cuisines and it usually turns out surprisingly yummy but this dish was so good it certainly deserves a repeat performance.

Some things to remember

  • Try not to overcook the pork as they will become tough.
  • Make sure the pork chops are thoroughly coated with panko bread crumbs
  • Put some effort into presentation and use nice dinnerware.
  • Light some holiday-fragranced candles to add extra coziness
  • Turn off the TV and put on some nice music to enhance the holiday mood.

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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup panko ( fine bread crumbs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 can cranberry sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • zest of 1/2 orange


  1. Cut the edges of the pork chops in several places to prevent curling.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Flour each pork chop lightly.
  4. Dip the pork chops into the beaten egg.
  5. Coat the pork with panko and pat well.
  6. Deep-fry the breaded pork in oil at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Flip the pork and cook the other side for a few more minutes or until golden brown and just cooked through.
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  9. To make the sauce, stir together the cranberry sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar and orange peel.
  10. Cook for 2 minutes in a saucepan.
  11. Serve the tonkatsu warm with a serving of sauce.

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    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sounds divine - and an interesting diversion from the "normal" holiday meal recipes. Pinned

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh wow this sounds good and I have all the needed ingredients to try your recipe.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Your recipes are always award winners. This pork dish looks elegant enough to be served in the finest of restaurants.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Another amazing recipe, and I love your tradition on Christmas Day. Thanks :)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Ruthi: It's incredibly delicious.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Yeah it's quite delicious MInoru.

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      5 years ago

      I would certainly enjoy your meal of pork chops with cranberry sauce.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Really... Tonkatsu with cranberry sauce.

      I better try that one day. : D

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: This is my favorite way to use leftover cranberry sauce.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks so much for your comment.

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      5 years ago

      Now that's a tasty combination - instead of turkey with cranberry sauce, pork! I like it.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      another great sounding and looking recipe!


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