How to : Cheese Pork Katsu (Cheese TONKATSU) -Good for Meal Prep


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There is more than one kind of pork cutlet! Popular with kids! Let's try "Cheese Tonkatsu"!!

"Tonkatsu" is one of the most popular Japanese dishes. Have you ever tried "Cheese Tonkatsu", which is a pork cutlet with cheese sandwiched in between? Once you try it, you cannot stop!!! In this article, I would like to introduce how to make "Cheese Tonkatsu" and how to meal prep it so that you can enjoy the full charm of cheese🧀.

What is Cheese Tonkatsu?

japanese style cheese tonkatsu

Korea-Japan fusion cheese Tonkatsu

Chicken cutlets and pork cutlets wrapped in crispy cutlet batter are delicious. That by itself is enough, but in Japan, "green shiso" or "cheese" sandwiched between the meat is very popular. There are various ways to make them, but here I will focus on the "cheese-filled cheese tonkatsu" invented in Korea based on the Japanese tonkatsu.

What to prepare?

Before I show you how to make it, let's look at what you need to prepare. 

The batter of "pork cutlet" is the same as that of "croquette (KOROKKE)" introduced before. The process of dipping the batter in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs in that order is the same for all cutlets, so once you have the same batter,you will be able to broaden your menu.

  • eggs
  • plain flour
  • Japanese panko (bread crumb)

Pork loin (Sirloin or Tenderloin👍)

Mozzarella Cheesse

Ingredients for cheese katsu                                                                       
  • Pork (sirloin or tenderloin)
  • Mozzarella cheese (Cheddar cheese is fine)

In Japan, thinly sliced pork is available in supermarkets, but I have not seen it in other countries. So, you can use a hammer to stretch thinly sliced pork loin like the picture above.

Cosco's pork loin is recommended!!

For restaurant use or if you want to make a large batch and freeze it, Costco pork loin is a good choice! The quality is good and the size does not vary, making it easy to use!

Costco's pork loin

I created this one for a new restaurant menu item, but if it is for cheese tonkatsu, I would recommend pork loin. I think pork belly tends to tear easily, the cheese will pop out, and the fat will feel heavy with cheese. (Depends on your taste).

How to cook Cheese Tonkatsu?

Let's take a look at how to make "Cheese Tonkatsu"!! You can make a lot of them and freeze them, so it's easy to make them all at once.👌


1. Freeze pork loin ahead of time.
2. Thaw in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
3. When it is thawed to the point where a knife can be inserted, it is ready.


1. Slice about 2 mm thick.
2. Divide into 80g portions.
3. Cut the mozzarella cheese into 50g pieces.


1. Spread 80g of sliced pork to form a square. (At this point, make sure it is large enough to cover the cheese sufficiently.)

2. Place 50g of mozzarella cheese on the center of the spread pork, and wrap the cheese with the pork to prevent air from entering. (At this time, wrap the cheese so that it is completely covered. This will cause the cheese to burst when fried.)

3. Roll it up like in the picture.

💡When making meal preps, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and close the ends like candy to make them less susceptible to be freezer burned. (Refrigerate and thaw before use.)


1. Prepare the tonkatsu batter and coating. (flour/eggs/panko)
2. Dip the pork with cheese that you just rolled in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, in that order.

💡Do not press down too hard.

1. Heat oil in a pan until it reaches 180℃. (deeper is better)
2. When oil is hot, fry battered cheese tonkatsu for 7 minutes. (Depending on size)
3. After 7 minutes of frying, remove from oil and wait another 3 minutes. (💡If cut immediately, cheese will be oozing out.)


Place on a plate with the sauce of your choice.

From children to adults, once you try this "cheese tonkatsu", you will not be able to stop eating it. Why not try making it???👍👍👍

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