Description: Food Network Kitchen's Katsudon.
Recipe courtesy of Kathleen Brennan


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
Katsudon, the beloved Japanese fried pork cutlet rice bowl, is the ideal all-in-one dish if you have leftover tonkatsu in the fridge and want a quick and filling meal or snack. People generally don't make tonkatsu specifically for katsudon (relying instead on leftovers or store-bought versions)--but you certainly can. Traditionally, each serving is cooked separately, though two servings can be cooked in a larger skillet. If you’re hungry for more eggs, feel free to use two per person, keeping in mind it may increase the cooking time.



  1. Pour 1/2 cup water into an 8-inch skillet. Add the soy sauce, mirin, sugar and instant dashi powder and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the onions and cover the skillet. Simmer, stirring once or twice, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  2. Lift the tonkatsu with a slotted spatula and transfer to the skillet. Hold the slices together so the cutlet maintains its shape. Cover and simmer until warm, about 1 minute. (If you’re using just-cooked tonkatsu, you can skip this step.) 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Pour half of the beaten egg evenly in a thin stream around the pan and pour the remaining half across the tonkatsu. Cover and gently simmer until the eggs are just set, 1 to 2 minutes. (It’s better to slightly undercook the eggs than to overcook them; they’ll continue to set after they’re removed them from the heat.) 
  4. Add the rice to a serving bowl. Tilt the skillet over the rice and carefully slide the contents, including the juices, over the rice, making sure the tonkatsu maintains its shape. Sprinkle with the scallions and shichimi togarashi, if using. 

Cook’s Note

Instead of the instant dashi powder mixed with 1/2 cup water, you can use 1/2 cup homemade dashi.