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Ham Katsu – Japanese Breaded Ham Slices

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During the holidays, I binge-watched the Netflix series Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories and was inspired to get cooking. Filipinos love Japanese food and this meal is no exception. The Japanese dishes on the episodes seemed easy to do like these Ham Katsu – Japanese Breaded Ham Slices. I also got help from the recipes of my fellow food blogger, Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. She shared her recipe versions of Season 1 on her blog.

Most Philippine homes serve Baked Ham for Christmas. So, if you have ham leftovers from the holidays, this is one of the easiest and delightful ways to serve it for a weeknight or weekend family meal. All you need are thin slices, and the usual ingredients for a breaded meat entrée.

This is the kind of meal you can whip up in under 30 minutes, as soon as you walk through the door when you get home from work. You can even cook this with store-bought ham slices from the deli – so it’s also a year-round recipe.

We enjoyed the crunchy Panko bread crumbs at first bite. Beyond the crisp outer layer,  we savored the  tender ham slices. There is no need to season anything with salt and pepper. The cooked ham is already seasoned and is sweet-salty. The bread crumbs are a wholesome contrast to the meat inside. Serve it warm, smelling fresh-off the skillet with a side of sweet Tonkatsu sauce and you’re all set for an enjoyable, fuss-free meal.

Start 2020 with less worry, and less work in the kitchen. These Ham Katsu will definitely be your go-to dish at any meal time through the year.

Ham Katsu - Breaded Ham Slices

Ham Katsu-Breaded Ham Slices is a Japanese dish and are made crunchy with a coating of Panko bread crumbs and pan-fried for a few minutes to a crisp. Filipinos love Japanese food and this easy meal is no exception especially if paired with rice. You only need thin ham slices, and the usual ingredients for a breaded meat entree. This dish was featured on the Netflix series Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories. Recipe inspiration was from my friend Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. Go check out her blog for more recipes from Season 1 of this streaming series.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino, Japanese
Keyword: Japanese Ham Katsu Breaded Slices
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 724kcal


  • Large Skillet: 12-inches diameter
  • Or large wok.


  • 10 slices baked ham sliced thin, about 2 mm.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 whole eggs beaten
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or more if needed; to pan-fry

For serving:

  • cole slaw on the side
  • steamed vegetables
  • steamed rice

For Tonkatsu sauce:

  • 3 Tablespoons banana ketchup or use tomato catsup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar


To make the Ham Katsu:

  • Make sure the baked ham is sliced thin. Lay the slices out flat on a plate. Trim off fat.
    Place in individual bowls: Flour, eggs, Panko bread crumbs.
    Coat the ham slices on both sides with flour.
    Dip the coated ham slices in eggs.
    Dredge the ham slices in bread crumbs.
    Repeat the process for all the ham slices.
  • In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add the oil.
    When oil is hot enough (you will start to see ripples in the oil), add each ham slice carefully using a pair of tongs.
    Pan fry each side for 1 to 2 minutes till bread crumbs coating turns brown. Flip the ham slices and cook other side for same amount of time.
  • Drain the fried Ham Katsu on parchment paper or paper towels to remove excess oil.
    Serve warm and crisp with a side of the Tonkatsu sauce, cole slaw, steamed vegetables and rice.

To make the Tonkatsu sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Mix well with a whisk. Serve with the Ham Katsu.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 665mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 6mg

Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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