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As we gear up for back-to-school, one of the things that we like to prepare is our kitchen!
Lunches will be an essential part of our school routine and making sure we have the right foods in stock and ready including healthy, school-friendly snacks and breakfast options are a must.

Despite the hectic schedules our family’s lives may bring (which will be even more busy once the school months return!), I make it a point to have my family sit together for dinner each night. I know that may be wishful thinking with our schedules, but if I can make it happen at least 3x a week, I’m a happy mom.

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Cooking together is another very important plan I enjoy seeing materialize, and one that I know reaps many benefits when it comes to my children and their eating habits.
It’s proven that having my kids involved in the cooking and prep process when it comes to their meals makes them even more enthusiastic to eat it all up. This is why I like to involve them quite often, and especially when I’m preparing their school lunches.
Cooking with my kids also teaches them how much care and love goes into food preparation and opens up the dialogue on the nutritional benefits particular foods bring.

One dish I like to prepare with them, and that my children absolutely love to eat, is Japanese Katsudon.
Katsudon is a combination of tonkatsu (deep fried breaded pork cutlet), on top of rice and cooked with onion, egg in a dashi sweet soy sauce.
It’s a fairly quick dish to put together, especially if the breaded cutlets are made in advance.

The name “katsu-don” came from the words, “tonkatsu” (deep fried breaded pork cutlet), and “donburi” (large bowl).
It is one of many popular Japanese dishes and considered one of their true comfort foods and after trying it you’ll understand why. You can also use chicken in replacement of the pork which we do often here as well.

I love making this with the kids in the kitchen because it’s easy to make, in fact, the tonkatsu (breaded cutlet) can be made in advance and frozen in the freezer before creating this dish.
This makes it a great option if you are looking for a quick dinner or lunch — simply reheat in oven and serve with rice and veggies!  Tonkatsu is also great for sandwiches (like the Japanese version of the schnitzel).
Speaking of lunch, these make great school lunches too! The kids love when they have katsu-don packed for their lunches and I’m always happy their lunch boxes come home empty.

Enjoy the recipe below and let me know if you get a chance to try it!  Omeshi agari kudasai (Please help yourself)!

Japanese Katsudon

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Category: Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: Japanese

Servings: 1 Bowl

Japanese Katsudon


  • 2 center-cut, boneless pork chops (pounded down to a centimeter thick)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour (for dusting)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Oil (for frying)
  • 1/4 cup Dashi stock
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 tbsp Mirin
  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 egg egg
  • 1 piece Tonkatsu
  • 1/2 tbsp green onions


  1. Season the pounded pork chops with salt and pepper, and dust with a light, even coating of flour. In one shallow bowl, beat 1 egg. Put the panko into another shallow bowl.
  2. Add thin, even layer of oil to a cast iron pan or skillet over medium heat. The oil is ready when you throw a panko breadcrumb into the oil and it sizzles. Dip the pork into the egg to coat.
  3. Transfer the pork to the panko and press it evenly into the meat to get a good coating.
  4. Carefully lay the pork chops in the hot oil and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on one side, until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for another 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.
  1. Thinly slice the onion and cut the Tonkatsu into 1.5 cm (0.6inch) wide slices.
  2. Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Pour Dashi stock in a shallow frying pan and bring it to boil over medium heat.
  4. Add sliced onion and cook till the onion softens.
  5. Add Mirin, Sugar and Soy sauce and cook it for a few minutes.
  6. Place the sliced Tonkatsu in the saucepan and pour the eggs over the Tonaktsu.
  7. Cook for a further couple of minutes until the eggs are half cooked and slightly runny.
  8. Serve rice in a large rice bowl.
  9. Slide the Tonkatsu and egg and sauce over the rice.
  10. Top with chopped green onions and serve.


Tonkatsu can be frozen in a ziplock bag or plastic container. Reheat in oven for 12 minutes at 350ºF.



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116 Comments on Japanese Katsudon Recipe + Enter To Win a #RaiseAFoodLover Prize Pack

  1. We love making tacos together. The kids get to pick whatever toppings they want, we cut and prepare everything and then we feast.

  2. We love making Chinese food together. We especially like to make egg rolls from scratch and deep fry them in batches so that we can enjoy them for a snack and freeze some for later. The kids help me to put the filling in and we roll them up. I do all the deep frying after we have them prepared.

  3. We LOVE making cheese fondue together! It’s a lot of cutting/prep work so it’s useful to get the whole family involved. And the end result is a social, fun meal of smiles & laughter & great conversation!

  4. Homemade mac and cheese is one of the recipes that my daughter and I like to make together. She is also my taste tester for sauces and chili.

  5. My daughter likes to help me prepare mushroom for our sauce and watch me make spaghetti for our spaghetti with mushroom cream sauce.

  6. We love making indian tacos together, its like regular tacos but they are served on homemade fry bread rather then taco shells or wraps

  7. The meal we LOVE to make together is breakfast. Our girls love to help mommy and daddy in the kitchen making eggs and hashbrowns on the weekends

  8. we love to make mini personal pizzas together, I love that we can have fun making dinner together while they get to personalize theyre own pizzas

  9. We love home made pizza cuz the kids can personalize their pizzas just the way they like but pasta dishes are also a favourite!

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