A Taste of Home: My Mom's Croquettes

A Taste of Home: My Mom's Croquettes

My mom's croquettes don't need any sauce because they're already seasoned. These are the ones I've been eating since I was a child.

Ingredients: For 12 pieces

600-700 g
to your liking
Ground pork
300 g
Onion (medium)
Carrot (medium)
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper
as needed
✩ Cooking sake
3 tablespoons
✩ Mirin
3 tablespoons
☆ Sugar
2 tablespoons
✩ Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
as needed
as needed
Panko (for dredging)
as needed
Vegetable oil (for deep frying)
as needed


1. Mince the carrot and onion.
2. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the ground meat. ※ Use a paper towel to extract the excess fat from the meat while frying it.
3. Add the carrot and onion and fry. Add the ✩ ingredients when the onion is soft and transparent, and simmer it slowly over low heat.
4. Turn off the heat when it's simmered and let it rest until the potatoes are ready.
5. Boil the potatoes in enough salted water to cover them. Once boiled, let them drain in a sieve.
6. Mush the potatoes while they're still hot and mix it with other ingredients you prepared.
7. Spread it on a tray and divide it into 12 pieces.
8. Shape them while they're hot. Let them cool down completely.
9. Coat them first in flour, then egg, and then panko. Deep fry in vegetable oil.
10. Done
11. They're still delicious even when they're cold so you can put them in bento (Japanese lunchboxes).
12. Try "Our Home Croquettes Western-Style (Recipe ID: 2017516)" as well if you like.
13. Curry version (Recipe ID: 2073562) Our Home Croquettes Variation

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been eating these croquettes all the time but the ones I make always taste a little different from my mother's. I was going to ask her how to make it, but I haven't still asked. She made it for me recently and I realized that the difference comes from the amount of potatoes used. I think my croquettes are now similar to the ones my mom makes?