Panko Time: 6 Recipes We Love

September 25, 2012

Panko, a.k.a. Japanese breadcrumbs, lends a hand to western world cooking by giving breaded recipes an unparalleled crispy crunch.

Red Snapper with Mango Salsa
Mark Boughton / styling: Teresa Blackburn

Dry breadcrumbs have forever been a pantry staple in the American kitchen, but we think it's time to widen breading horizons and make space for another box of crumbs…Panko.

panko breadcrumbs

Panko is the Japanese version of breadcrumbs and is made up of larger, lighter and coarser crumbs than most other dry varieties. Panko is especially good at creating crunchy crusts and the flakes stand up well to frying and sauteing. In Japan panko is used to make traditional Tonkatsu (a breaded pork cutlet) among other classic dishes, but Asian inspired recipes certainly aren't the only place panko can (or should!) be used. Below we have listed our 6 favorite recipes, from Austrian Schnitzel to Crispy Baked French Toast there is a panko-packed meal for every palate.

—By Emily Arno, Relish Multimedia Editor

Flour, Egg Wash, Panko and Cutlet

Panko-Crusted Pork Schnitzel

Pound the pork until you can’t believe it began as a tenderloin, and use panko for schnitzel that’s ultra crisp.

Chicken Schnitzel Milanese 2

Chicken Schnitzel Milanese

Schnitzel with an Italian passport—Parmesan in the crumbs and a lemony arugula salad to top.


Horseradish Mustard and Panko-Encrusted Tofu

Crunch down through the tangy, crispy golden brown panko crust and bite into the velvety soft tofu center of these absolutely fabulous dinner delights.

salmon burgers

Panko-Crusted Salmon Sliders with Quick Ponzu Cucumbers

These easy-to-prepare salmon sliders with Asian flair will score points with Super Bowl Sunday guests.


Stuffed Tomatoes with Panko and Summer Vegetables

Ideal for a light lunch or Meatless Monday main dish, veggie-stuffed tomatoes get a little heft from Japanese breadcrumbs.


Crispy Baked French Toast from Kikkoman

Japanese breadcrumbs known as panko make baked French toast extra crispy.


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