It is cooked by simmering onions in a Japanese sauce until their soft and succulent, then topped with the tonkatsu and an egg mixture, before sliding all of these over a steaming bowl of rice. I highly recommend topping your Katsudon with green onions and a dash of Togarashi.
How Katsudon Originated
It was said that this dish originated at a Tokyo restaurant who had prepared lots of tonkatsu for a large group but that party cancelled their dinner at the last minute. Katsudon was then created out of the need to use all those crispy tonkatsu!
This dish is truly irresistible! No wonder it is a favorite of many, my husband included. So make sure to cook more than enough tonkatsu and save the leftovers for this rice bowl!
- 1 piece medium white onion
- 1/4 cup dashi stock (Note 1)
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 pieces eggs
- 2 pieces cooked tonkatsu (Note 2)
- 2 cups cooked Japanese rice
- green onions for garnish optional
- Togarashi optional
- Peel the onions then cut in half lengthwise and slice. To make the Katsudon sauce, combine the dashi stock, mirin, sugar, and soy sauce. Set aside.
- Break the eggs in a separate bowl and lightly beat them. You want part of the yolk and whites to be lightly mixed, while other parts are separated. Set aside.
- Prepare the Katsudon one serving at a time. In a small skillet (a 6-inch or 7-inch skillet works great), spread half of the onions and pour half of the Katsudon sauce. Bring to a boil over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions soften. Place a sliced tonkatsu fillet in the sauce and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour one-half of the egg mixture over the tonkatsu, onions, and sauce. Do not mix. Cover the skillet and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove the skillet from heat and let the Katsudon rest, covered, for about 1 minute.
- While the Katsudon is resting, scoop a cup of cooked white rice in a shallow bowl. When the Katsudon is ready, uncover the skillet and slide entire contents onto the rice. Tilt the skillet and use a spatula if necessary. Garnish with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of Togarashi. Repeat the same steps for the remaining serving.
Tools & Equipments
- 6-inch or 7-inch skillet
- Dashi Granules to make Dashi stock
- Japanese mixed chili pepper – Togarashi
- Panko Bread Crumbs for Tonkatsu breading
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6 thoughts on “Katsudon”
You captured one of my favorite foods so beautifully! I’ve never tried making this at home… but I might just have to now!
Thank you, Mary Anne! It’s my husband’s favorite, too. So glad we could make Katsudon at home now instead of eating out every time. 🙂
OMG. I’ve always gotten this at restaurants but kind of have no idea what the deal was. It seem so doable to make at home!
I used to think it’s complicated to make, but it’s not! I guess the most challenging part is finding the dashi stock. 🙂
What an informative post (I’d never heard of this dish!) and a delicious recipe! So interesting because I don’t know a ton about Japanese culture so this didn’t visually strike me as what my image of “Japanese food” is. So how interesting to learn that it’s a comfort food! It sounds different from anything I’ve tasted, but delicious.
Thank you, Jessie! I get what you mean.:) There’s definitely a whole lot more to Japanese food than sushi and sashimi! 🙂