Tonteki - Japanese Pork Steak

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4


  • 4 (each 170 gram / 6 ounce) pork tenderloin
  • salt and pepper
  • katakuriko/potato starch or cornstarch
  • 30 gram (2 tablespoon) butter
  • 6 clove (1 tablespoon) garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • Serve with
  • sliced cabbage/lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes


  1. Prep pork: Pat dry pork with kitchen paper, season with salt and pepper, and coat with katakuriko.
  2. Sear pork: Heat a frying pan until hot over medium-high heat. Melt butter, then sear pork on both sides for a minute each or until golden brown. Set them aside.
    TIPS: It is okay if the pork isn’t cooked through since we will cook it further in the sauce later.
  3. Make sauce: Turn the heat to medium, sauté garlic until fragrant, then add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Cook until boiling.
  4. Glaze pork: Return the pork to the pan and cook until the sauce is thick and coats the pork.
  5. Cut steak: Remove pork steaks from the pan and rest for 5 minutes. Cut into bite-size strips and arrange on a serving plate.
  6. Serve steak: Serve the pork steaks with thinly sliced cabbage/lettuce and cherry tomatoes.

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