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Korokke Homemade Potato Croquettes japanese recipe

Japanese Potato Croquettes (Korokke)

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword potatoes
Author Lucy Seligman


  • 2 cups hot mashed potatoes, such as Russet or Idaho
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 tbsp minced white onion or to taste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley


  • 1 Beaten egg combined with 1 or 2 tablespoons cold water for dipping
  • All-purpose flour as needed
  • Panko (Japanese dried breadcrumbs) as needed*
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying as needed


  • Watercress or parsley sprigs
  • Tonkatsu sauce


  • Mix all croquette ingredients lightly together (a few lumps are okay). Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  • Form the croquettes into desired shapes: typical Japanese shapes are either short thick cylinders or small thick patties. Lightly pat all-over with flour (dusting off the excess), dip into egg mixture, and roll in the breadcrumbs, patting off any excess.
  • Quickly deep fry the croquettes in the oil until golden brown, turning once. Don't crowd the pan when doing. Drain briefly on paper towels and serve on a heated platter, garnishing the plate either with watercress or parsley sprigs. Pass Tonkatsu sauce separately. Serve piping hot.


Some popular variations include:
  • Add in cooked ground beef (only use a little), carrot and onion to make Ground Beef & Potato Croquettes. You could also add in minced sauteed mushrooms if you want more vegetables.  Lotus root or gobo (burdock root) could also be a variation (minced and boiled before mixing into potato mixture.)
  • Kani (Crab) Cream Croquette: Uses a white cream sauce, and add in canned or fresh crab as a rich and yummy alternative.
  • You can add in bacon and cheese if you like.  Just adding grated cheese to potatoes would also be another tasty option.
  • Try sweet potato instead of potatoes, or do a combo of both.
  • Season with curry powder to make Curry Croquette for a different flavor.
  • To make a complete meal of Korokke, serve with miso soup and rice, garnishing the plate with sliced tomatoes and julienned cabbage (sengiri).
*You can also make fresh breadcrumbs if desired instead of using panko.