Author Elfie V

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

Kushikatsu is popular as a snack or appetizer in Japan and is often found in specialized kushikatsu restaurants.
Easy to cook and delicious Kushikatsu.

Kushikatsu is a Japanese dish that consists of skewered and deep-fried foods. The term "kushikatsu" can be broken down into two parts: "kushi," which means skewer, and "katsu," which is short for "katsuretsu," meaning cutlet. In Kushikatsu, various ingredients are skewered on bamboo sticks, coated in a seasoned breadcrumb or batter, and deep-fried until golden brown. Kushikatsu can feature a variety of ingredients, including meats like chicken, beef, or pork, as well as vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, or potatoes. Seafood like shrimp or fish can also be used. The skewered ingredients are coated in a batter or breadcrumbs before frying. The coating provides a crispy texture, which is the main characteristic of Kushikatsu. Kushikatsu is traditionally served with a dipping sauce called "tare." Tare is a savory-sweet sauce that adds flavor to the fried skewers. The exact composition of the tare can vary, but it often includes ingredients like oyster sauce, sake, mirin (sweet rice wine), sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Take a look at our Kushikatsu recipe that's easy to follow.

YIELDS 2 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 60 minute(s)

Marinade Ingredients

  • 250g chicken breast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper

Dry and Wet Batter

  • 120g breadcrumbs
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 130g all-purpose flour
  • 50g rice flour
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder

Kushikatsu Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Samyang 2x Spicy Buldak Sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tbsp sugar



Cut the chicken breast into roughly 2x2 cm cubes and marinate it with the Marinade Ingredients (see the recipe) for 20 minutes.

Step 1 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Skewer 4-5 pieces of chicken onto skewers, just like in the photo.

Step 2 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Prepare the breadcrumbs and beaten eggs. Also, create another flour mixture using all-purpose flour, rice flour, pepper, baking powder, and chili powder (details in the recipe).

Step 3 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Start by covering the chicken in the flour mixture, then dip it into the beaten egg, and finish off with a coating of breadcrumbs. Place the prepared skewers in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Step 4 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Heat oil for frying. Fry the chicken until it turns golden brown and achieves a crispy texture.

Step 5 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Don't forget to prepare the Kushikatsu Sauce (see the recipe) and simmer it for 30 seconds.

Step 6 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Serve the Kushikatsu with the sauce and warm rice, or enjoy it as a delightful afternoon snack.

Step 7 of cooking Kushikatsu.

Author Elfie V

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

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