Yummylicious Japanese Beef Croquettes


Yummy Japanese croquettes combine ground beef with mashed potatoes and onions; formed into patties, then coated with panko and deep fried to a golden brown. Absolutely mouth-watering! They make a delicious snack. I prefer to make them in smaller bite-sized pieces so it's easier to pick up with fingers. Serve with Tonkatsu sauce available at Japanese stores or major supermarkets.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 onions, chopped

  • ¾ pound ground beef

  • 4 teaspoons light soy sauce

  • all-purpose flour for coating

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • panko bread crumbs

  • ½ cup oil for frying


  1. Add potatoes to a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil; cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and pour potatoes into a large bowl. Stir in butter and mash with a fork or potato masher. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook until soft. Stir in beef and soy sauce. Cook, stirring continuously, until beef is browned and all the liquid is evaporated. Combine beef and onions with potatoes, and stir well.

  3. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a deep skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

  4. Shape potato and beef mixture into 10 similarly sized balls, then flatten into patties. Dredge patties in flour, then dip in egg, and coat with panko bread crumbs. Carefully place patties into oil and fry until golden brown on each side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
14g Fat
20g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 413mg 9%

* 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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