Butcher's Croquettes

Butcher's Croquettes

The nostalgic old fashioned croquettes (korokke) I used to eat as a child. They have good flavor even without adding meat. Eating these croquettes calms me down somehow.

Ingredients: 12 croquettes

500 g
300 ml
1/4 teaspoon
Ground mixed beef and pork
150 g
☆ Sugar
2 teaspoons
☆ Sake
1 tablespoon
☆ Mirin
1 tablespoon
☆ Soy sauce
3 1/2 tablespoons
Vegetable oil
2 teaspoons
50 ml
150 ml
Oil for deep frying
As needed


1. Cut the potatoes into 2 cm dice. Put the water, salt and potatoes in a pan and bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes over low-medium heat until tender. (About 6 minutes.)
2. Drain off the water, put the pan of potatoes back on the heat, and evaporate the moisture on them so they become floury all over while shaking the pan.
3. Mash the potatoes.
4. Heat up a frying pan, add the vegetable oil and saute the chopped onion until transparent. Add the ground meat and cook until it changes color.
5. Add the ☆ ingredients, and cook over high heat until the liquid is reduced by half.
6. Add the meat mixture from step 5 into the mashed potatoes liquid and all, and mix well.
7. When the mixture has cooled down enough to handle, form into oval patties. Coat with flour, then beaten egg, then panko.
8. Deep fry until golden brown and crispy in 170°C or so oil.

Story Behind this Recipe

I used to love the butcher's style croquettes my mother made for me as a child. I recreated it from memory and turned it into a recipe.