Aloha Katsu Sauce: A Hawaiian Twist On Tonkatsu

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Tonkatsu sauce is a ubiquitous condiment in Hawaii, adding a unique twist to everything from juicy steaks to crispy fries. This savory and tangy sauce boasts a complex flavor profile, blending sweet, salty, and umami notes that tantalize the taste buds. Making your own tonkatsu sauce at home is surprisingly easy, and the results are far superior to store-bought varieties. Not only will you be able to control the ingredients and adjust the flavors to your preference, but the process is also incredibly rewarding.


Chicken Katsu Recipe & Homemade Katsu Sauce - Hungry Huy
Chicken Katsu Recipe & Homemade Katsu Sauce – Hungry Huy

1 cup ketchup

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • Directions:

    1. Combine all the ingredients: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, onion powder, black pepper, and cloves.

    2. Bring to a simmer: Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the sauce comes to a simmer.

    3. Reduce heat and simmer: Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly. The desired consistency should be slightly thicker than ketchup but still pourable.

    4. Strain (Optional): For a smoother texture, you can strain the sauce using a fine-mesh sieve to remove any ginger or garlic bits.

    5. Cool and store: Allow the sauce to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store the tonkatsu sauce in the refrigerator for up to a month.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately 2 tablespoons):

    Calories: 80

  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Protein: 1g

  • Please note: This is just an approximate nutritional breakdown, and the actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    Homemade tonkatsu sauce is a versatile condiment that elevates countless dishes. Whether you drizzle it over crispy tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet), use it as a dipping sauce for fries or vegetables, or even incorporate it into marinades, the possibilities are endless. With its rich flavor and simple preparation, this homemade tonkatsu sauce is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

    Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the recipe to your preferences. For example, if you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can add a little more honey or brown sugar. If you like a spicier kick, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes.

    2. What type of ketchup should I use?

    Any good quality ketchup will work. You can even use low-sugar or sugar-free ketchup if you’re watching your sugar intake.

    3. How long will the tonkatsu sauce last in the refrigerator?

    Homemade tonkatsu sauce will typically last for up to a month in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.

    4. Can I freeze the tonkatsu sauce?

    Yes, you can freeze the tonkatsu sauce for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator before using it.

    5. What are some other uses for tonkatsu sauce?

    Tonkatsu sauce is incredibly versatile. Here are a few ideas:

    Use it as a marinade for chicken, fish, or tofu.

  • Add a spoonful to stir-fries for extra flavor.
  • Mix it with mayonnaise to create a creamy dipping sauce.
  • Brush it on grilled vegetables for a sweet and savory glaze.