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Crunchy in the outside, fluffy and a little bit sweet inside. Korokke (コロッケ, potato and ground meat croquette) is one of the very popular Japanese street food, you can pair it with tonkatsu sauce.

Japanese Potato Croquettes | Korokke

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Crunchy in the outside, fluffy and a little bit sweet inside. Korokke (コロッケ, potato and ground meat croquette) is one of the very popular Japanese street food, you can pair it with tonkatsu sauce.
Servings: 20
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For Fillings:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 fresh Red Thai chili (sliced)
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)

Beef Seasoning Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Gochujang or Sambal [(Korean hot pepper paste fermented) or Sambal - this is *optional but taste better]
  • 5 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • handful of basil leaves (**Optional but makes a difference)

For Potatoes:

  • 5 large potatoes (peeled and cut in chunks)
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise

For Coating:

  • 2 eggs (lightly whisked)
  • 3 cups Japanese Panko crumbs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


Cook the Potatoes:

  • Cook the potatoes in a (salted) boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain and place the potatoes back into the warm pot.
  • Put the pot with potatoes back over the heat. Shake it continously for about a minute - This allows the potatoes to dry out a little. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher or fork. Set aside.

Cook the Beef Fillings:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoon of oil to the pan and then add the minced garlic and the chili. Quick fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add the beef and cook, breaking the beef up for 2-3 minutes or until the beef is almost cooked. Stir through the beef seasoning sauce. Keep stirring and allow the beef to simmer for another 1 minute or until the sauce has mostly evaporated.
  • **This is optional - but really make the beef smells and tastes so good. You can add a handful of basil leaves. Stir to mix them in and turn the heat off.
  • Let it cool a bit and take off the basil leaves and Thai chilies or garlic.

Prepare the Croquettes:

  • Transfer the beef to the mashed potato. Add 2 tbsp mayonnaise and mix well. Now, you can place the mixture to a large tray and spread out into a rough rectangle about 1.5 inches thick. Use a spatula to divide the rectangle into equal portions and allow to cool completely.
    Japanese Potato Croquettes - these crunchy korokke of mashed potatoes and ground beef coated in panko are one of the favorite Japanese street foods.
  • I used a circular mold for these croquettes / korokke since I like to see them in equal sizes.
    Japanese Potato Croquette

Prepare the Coating:

  • Place the flour, panko crumbs and eggs in separate large bowls or trays. Shape the potato portions into ovals or you can use a mold for equal shapes and dip each piece into the flour, then egg and then the Panko crumbs.
    Korokke recipe
  • Pour about a ½ inch depth of oil into a large non-stick frying pan. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Cook the crumbed croquettes for 4 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on a wire rack or on kitchen paper. Serve the croquettes with the tonkatsu sauce and cabbage, tomato or a salad.
    Japanese Croquette recipe

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1.) Panko crumbs are a type of large, flaky breadcrumb that becomes super crispy when fried and is available at most major supermarkets or any Asian markets.
2.) Tonkatsu sauce is a Japanese-style barbecue sauce and is available in some major supermarkets or any Asian grocer. Alternatively, substitute with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 4mg

Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
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