How to cook Japanese Style Croquettes(KOROKKE)


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Have you ever tried Japanese style croquettes?

Japanese Style croquettes (KOROKKE) filled with potatos are a favorite of everyone, from adults to children. Croquettes are easy to make at home. In this article, I a Japanese chef, will show you how to cook it!!

What is Japanese style croquette?(KOROKKE)

potato KOROKKE 🔗

Korokke is a Japanese Western-style dish consisting of boiled and mashed potatos or cream sauce mixed with ground meat and vegetables, rolled into a ball, wrapped in a batter, and fried in cooking oil.

Along with pork cutlet(TONKATSU) and curry rice, Korokke was one of the three major Western-style foods of the Taisho era(1912-1926), and became widely popular among the Japanese people from the end of the Taisho era to the begginning of the Showa era(1926-1989). Today, korokke is a very popular dish that is prepared at home and sold a side dish at butcher stores.

What to prepare?(Ingredients)

Ingredients for croquette filling(For 3 pp)
  • 2 potatos
  • 1/2 onions
  • 200ℊ ground beef
  • solt and pepper

  • 2 eggs
  • 4tbs plain flour
  • 2cups of Japanese panko (bread crumb)


Japanese seasoned salt and pepper

Japanese breadcrumbs

💡Where can we get Japanese products?
If there is a Japanese supermarket near you, you can buy them there. If not, the easiest way to find one is on Amazon.

How to cook potato croquette(KOROKKE)?


  1. Peel and dice the potatos.
  2. Chop the onion.
  3. Cook the potatos in boiling water for about 10~15 min.


  1. While the potatos are boiling, fry the minced meat and onions in a pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Check if the potatos are cooked by sticking a toothpick into them. If it goes through, the potato is done.⇒Drain water and place in a bowl.


  1. Mash the potato with a potato masher while the potato is warm.
  2. Add the mince and onion you fried earlier and mix well.⇒This will be inside of the Korokke.
  3. Remove from heat thoroughly and allow to cool.⇒Deep frying while hot can cause them to burst.
💡Season well at this time.


  1. Prepare the croquette batter and coating. Beat the eggs.
  2. Shape the potato and meat mixture into an oval patty shape.(try not to include air pockets)
  3. Coat each of the ovals with flour then eggs, then coat the potato oval with the panko crumbs.


  1. Heat deep frying oil in a pan until it reaches around 180℃.
  2. Once the oil is hot, fry the potato ovals until golden brown.(In Japan, we say "Fox color"🦊)


Place on a plate with any side dish and it is ready to serve!!

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Among Japanese people, there are different tastes in sauce. If you want a refreshing taste, soy sauce is the way to go. However, Worcestershire sauce is the standard when it comes to croquettes. Some people prefer mayonnaise or ketchup. 

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