Tonkatsu Sauce


This tonkatsu sauce is delicious. My husband loves using this sauce on more than just tonkatsu. It's great with coconut shrimp and for dipping umeboshi pork rolls. Keep leftover sauce refrigerated — if there is any.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 cup


  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Gather all ingredients.

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  2. Stir together ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, and garlic in a bowl.

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  3. Let flavors blend for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Cook's Note:

This sauce is ready in 30 minutes, but it's even better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for a full day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

29 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 404mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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