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    Katsu Sauce

    Are you on the katsu bandwagon yet? We are! And when you eat these crispy fried cutlets famous in Japanese cuisine, you need the perfect Katsu Sauce.

    With just four basic ingredients, and next to no time at all, you’ll have a sauce that’s the ideal balance of umami, sweet and tangy.

    White bowl full of katsu sauce.

    If you’ve been to a Japanese restaurant, you’ve probably seen a Katsu section on the menu, along with all the sushi and teriyaki.

    Let me tell you, it might be our favorite menu item.

    What is Katsu?

    Katsu is a beloved dish in Japanese cuisine that has won hearts worldwide with its simplicity and delightful flavors. At its core, katsu refers to a breaded and deep-fried cutlet of meat.

    The word ‘katsu’ is a shortened form of ‘katsuretsu,’ which itself is a Japanese adaptation of the English word ‘cutlet.’

    The magic of katsu lies in its crisp, golden-brown breadcrumb coating, achieved through a meticulous process of coating the meat in flour, egg, and Panko breadcrumbs.

    We have recipes for Chicken Katsu and pork Tonkatsu, which both come out perfectly.

    Pork tonkatsu with a drizzle of this sauce on top.

    The fried cutlets can also be part of more elaborate dishes such as Katsu Curry, Katsu Ramen, or Katsudon (rice bowls).

    Sauce Ingredients

    • Ketchup – Provides a tangy and subtly sweet base. Ketchup’s familiar flavor adds depth and a hint of acidity, helping to balance the sauce’s overall taste.
    • Worcestershire Sauce – Brings a complex, fermented depth with layers of umami, tanginess, and a touch of sweetness. This ingredient ensures the sauce has a robust, layered flavor profile.
    • Oyster Sauce – Adds a rich, savory depth with a unique blend of sweetness and saltiness. Oyster sauce complements the tanginess of ketchup and complexity of Worcestershire sauce, lending an Asian flair to the sauce.
    • White Sugar – Essential for balancing the acidity and savory notes. It enhances the inherent sweetness of the ketchup and oyster sauce without overwhelming the other flavors.

    Ways to Use Katsu Sauce

    Chicken katsu drizzled with sauce.

    Although the sauce is specifically created for katsu, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t go great with other things. Some ideas:

    1. As a Dipping Sauce: It works wonderfully as a dipping sauce for appetizers like spring rolls, dumplings, or tempura. Keeping with the fried Japanese food theme, try it with our Karaage Chicken.
    2. In Sandwiches and Burgers: Spread your katsu sauce on sandwiches and burgers for an extra zing. It pairs well with chicken, pork, and even vegetarian patties.
    3. With Grilled Meats: Use the sauce as a glaze for grilled meats such as chicken, pork chops, or ribs. Its tangy-sweet flavor enhances the smokiness of grilled dishes.
    4. In Stir-Fries: Add a spoonful of katsu sauce to stir-fries for added depth. It works great with a mix of vegetables, tofu, or meat, lending a unique flavor to these quick meals.
    5. With Fried Rice or Noodles: A dash of katsu sauce can transform fried rice or noodles, giving them a savory, umami-rich taste.

    What Does Tonkatsu Sauce Taste Like?

    The sauce has a distinctly rich and savory profile with a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.

    The ketchup provides a familiar tangy-sweet base, complemented by the complex, umami-rich Worcestershire sauce. The oyster sauce adds an additional layer of savory depth with a subtle sweetness. Meanwhile, the white sugar balances these flavors, enhancing the overall sweetness and rounding out the sauce.

    This combination creates a harmonious blend that is both flavorful and perfectly suited to complement the crispy katsu.

    Storage

    Your homemade katsu sauce can last a couple of weeks in the fridge, stored in an airtight container. Just be sure to give it a good stir before using.

    White bowl of sauce on a wooden cutting board.

    Don’t settle for some bottled sauce from the grocery store. Make your own tonkatsu sauce, and see why homemade is always better.

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    While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our collection of favorite Asian recipes to keep those flavors going!

    Katsu Sauce, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    Bowl of katsu sauce atop the Gypsy Plate.

    More Asian Sauce Recipes:
    Teriyaki Sauce
    Bulgogi Sauce
    General Tso Sauce
    Dumpling Sauce
    Hunan Sauce

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    Katsu Sauce Recipe

    Yield: about ¾ cup
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    This homemade Katsu Sauce, also known as tonkatsu sauce, is perfect for dipping chicken katsu, tonkatsu, and more!

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup ketchup
    • ¼ Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
    • 4 tsp white sugar

    Instructions

    1. Whish together all ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Serve with your favorite fried katsu dish.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 12 Serving Size 2 Tbsp
    Amount Per Serving Calories 12Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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