Simple & Easy Japanese Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe-Japanese Taste

Simple & Easy Japanese Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe

by Ayumi Matsuo

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Tonkatsu sauce, which is normally paired with tonkatsu, or deep fried pork cutlet is one of the most popular sauces in Japanese cooking. While it may sound like it is only supposed to pair with tonkatsu given its name, it is a diverse sauce that pairs well with other Japanese fried foods such as croquettes, fried shrimp, fried oysters and more.

Comercially-sold Japanese tonkatsu sauce is made with a mixture of fruits, vegetables, spices and vinegar. It also has the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy notes. You can learn all about tonkatsu sauce on our blog.

You may be thinking with so many different ingredients and flavors in tonkatsu sauce, it must be difficult and time consuming to make at home. But actually, that's far from the truth! You can make a copycat version of tonkatsu sauce at home that tastes just as good, if not better as the ones sold in supermarkets.

We're going to share our simple and easy tonkatsu sauce recipe that you can make at home with only a few ingredients. Stay tuned to learn how to make this delicious sauce!

Note: since this is a freshly made sauce, please store it in an airtight container and use it within 1-2 days after preparing.


Prep time: 3 mins

Cook time: 2 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Total servings: 2

Difficulty: Easy

  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Water
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Juice

Expert's Tip

Simple & Easy Japanese Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe

This spicy Japanese Worcestershire sauce is flavored with plenty of vegetables, fruits, spices, and vinegar. It is one of the most popular Japanese sauces because it has a good balance of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. It also pairs well with many foods, especially fried foods. Spruce up any sauce or dish by adding a dash of Bulldog Worcestershire Sauce.


1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together. 

2) Mixing the Sauce Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients together, and done! Enjoy your homemade tonkatsu sauce however you please. 

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