Crispy and Delicious Penny Pinching Karaage using Pork Off Cuts

Crispy and Delicious Penny Pinching Karaage using Pork Off Cuts

The batter is light and crispy! The pork inside is tender and juicy! I used a plastic bag and didn't marinate the meat, so this recipe is very quick to make. Cheap pork off cuts are transformed into delicious karaage (deep fried nuggets).

Ingredients: 2 servings - 10 pieces

Thinly sliced pork offcuts
220 g
★Salt and pepper
a small amount
★Garlic and ginger (grated)
about 3/4 teaspoon each or 1.5cm from a tube (adjust to taste)
2 teaspoons
★Soy sauce
2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons
★Sesame oil
1 teaspoon
★ Umami seasoning (optional)
a small amount
Katakuriko and flour
1 1/2 tablespoons each
For the coating:
Katakuriko and flour
1 1/2 tablespoons each


1. Put the pork and the ★ ingredients in a plastic bag, and rub well. Break the egg into the bag and work it. Add katakuriko and flour to the bag to finish, and coat the meat evenly.
2. Put the dry ingredients for coating in another bag and shake well to mix. Put the combined dry ingredients in a shallow tray or plate (you can use the tray the meat came in) and spread them out.
3. Take chunks of the pork from the bag, and place on the flours, leaving space between the chunks.
4. Coat the pork nuggets in the combined flours, and deep fry in 360°F/180°C oil a few at a time. When the bottom becomes firm, flip the nuggets over.
5. Turn and stir occasionally with cooking chopsticks as the nuggets fry. When they are golden brown on both sides, drain on paper towels.
6. (The nuggets are cooked through when you feel a slight vibration when you hold them with cooking chopsticks. )
7. Serve on a plate and they're done! Optionally serve with lemon wedges and a little salt.

Story Behind this Recipe

When we want to have karaage (normally made with chicken) but only have pork off cuts on hand, I made this.
I always just eyeball the ingredients, but I measured them out properly this time to write it out as a recipe.
My father doesn't like chicken, so I never had chicken at home growing up. For me, karaage meant pork.