Tonkatsu pork with tonkatsu sauce on the side
Tonkatsu pork with tonkatsu sauce on the side

Tonkatsu sauce is a thick sauce served with tonkatsu, the Japanese pork cutlet. It is a thick (viscosity over 2.0 pascal-second, per JAS standard) Japanese Worcestershire-type sauce. As with most Japanese Worcestershire sauces, it is vegetarian and similar to a brown sauce, with tomatoes, prunes, dates, apples, lemon juice, carrots, onions, and celery among its ingredients.[1][2]

The first tonkatsu sauce was made in 1948 by Oliver Sauce Co., Ltd. of Hyogo Prefecture. The Bull-Dog brand of tonkatsu sauce, for example, is made from malt vinegar, yeast, and vegetable and fruit purees, pastes, and extracts. [3] In the United States, Kikkoman brand sells a fruity tonkatsu sauce with applesauce as the main ingredient.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Western Roots, Japanese Taste: Tonkatsu". Food Forum. Kikkoman. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04.
  2. ^ "About Tonkatsu". Bull-Dog Sauce Company. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ "Tonkatsu". Bull Dog. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Katsu sauce". Kikoman. Retrieved 3 August 2020.