Crispy Air Fryer Tonkatsu

Did you know it’s really easy to make tonkatsu in the air fryer? Not only is it a healthier alternative, but it’ll also taste just as good this way. The tonkatsu came out so crunchy and juicy, and it’s even better with homemade tonkatsu sauce!

For the homemade tonkatsu sauce, only 4 ingredients are needed. You can also use the premade bottled sauces but trust me, homemade tastes way better.

To make this katsu extra juicy, you first need to use the right cut of meat. I’m using pork shoulder instead of pork loin because it has more marbling and fat. Pork loin is very easy to overcook and even when cooked perfectly, it’ll never be as juicy.

If you’re tired of the messy cleanup after deep frying or you’re looking for a guilt-free delicious tonkatsu recipe, give this one a try! 🙂

Crispy Air Fryer Tonkatsu

Servings 2 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 pork shoulder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Egg Batter

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Tonkatsu Sauce

  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Place the pork shoulder in between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin or meat mallet, pound the pork into 1/4 inch. Next, season with salt on both sides.
  • For the dredge, combine 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp onion powder in a shallow plate or bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  • For the egg batter, crack the eggs into a shallow plate or bowl. Add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, and water. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • For the breading, combine panko breadcrumbs and 1/8 tsp salt in a shallow plate or bowl. Mix together until combined.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360F or 182C.
  • Coat the pork shoulder in the dredge, then transfer into the egg batter, and finally into the breading. Make sure the pork is coated on all sides at each stage.
  • Arrange the pork in the air fryer basket or tray. To make the katsu extra crispy, spray generously with cooking oil spray on both sides.
  • Air fry for 25 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F or 63C. Be sure to flip halfway and spray both sides with cooking oil spray.
  • Remove from the air fryer and transfer to a cutting board. While the pork is resting and slightly cooling, prepare the tonkatsu sauce. In a small mixing bowl, mix together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Stir to combine well.
  • Slice the pork into 1-inch thick pieces or your desired thickness. Serve with a side of freshly cooked rice, shredded cabbage, and tonkatsu sauce.
  • Enjoy!
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese

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