Air-Fryer Tonkatsu

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
My dear friend's mom owned a food stand and served this traditional Japanese dish known as tonkatsu. She shared the recipe for these breaded pork cutlets with me years ago. They continue to be a favorite. —Yuko Shibata, Monterey Park, California
Air-Fryer Tonkatsu Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared hot mustard


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°. Flatten pork chops to 1/4-in. thickness. In a shallow bowl, combine flour and garlic salt. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs. Place bread crumbs in a third bowl. Coat pork with flour mixture, then dip in eggs and coat in crumbs.
  2. In batches, place pork chops in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until crisp, 5 minutes. Turn; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until crisp and juices run clear, 5-6 minutes longer.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients; serve with pork.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep-fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 391 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 1320mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.