Our 11 Best Panko Breadcrumbs Recipes for Crisp and Crunch in Every Bite | SAVEUR

Our 11 Best Panko Breadcrumbs Recipes for Crisp and Crunch in Every Bite

These Japanese bread crumbs are here to make fried food even better

Panko—Japan's flaky, whole breadcrumbs made from white bread—are used extensively in Asian cooking, and are particularly widespread in Japanese recipes. Absorbing less oil and thus able to retain peak crispiness and crunchiness every way they're cooked, panko crumbs come in handy when making the perfect batter for tonkatsu and fried chicken. Although panko is used heavily in Asian finger food recipes, you can drop them in almost anywhere you would normally use breadcrumbs, whether that's mac and cheese or a veggie gratin. From a Japanese tonkatsu burger to classic Scotch eggs and stuffed mushrooms, here are some of our best panko breadcrumbs recipes.

Brussels Spout Gratin

Brussels Spout Gratin

Brussels Spout Gratin

Matt Taylor-Gross

This recipe blends roasted brussels sprouts with a silky mornay sauce. A panko topping with lemon zest adds crunch and zing. Get the recipe for Brussels Spout Gratin »

Pork Schnitzel Sandwich

Pork Schnitzel Sandwich

Pork Schnitzel Sandwich

Farideh Sadeghin

Capers and mustard cut through the richness in this satisfying pork sandwich. Get the recipe for Pork Schnitzel Sandwich »

Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks

Mozzarella sticks

Farideh Sadeghin

Crispy breading encases gooey melted mozzarella cheese in this classic appetizer. Get the recipe for Mozzarella Sticks »

Classic Scotch Eggs

Classic Scotch Eggs

Classic Scotch Eggs

Maxime Iattoni

A hard-boiled egg encased in sausage and bread crumbs and then deep-fried may seem like a product of modern pub culture, but the Scotch egg was actually invented by London department store Fortnum & Mason in 1738. Get the recipe for Classic Scotch Eggs »

Japanese Pretzel Tonkatsu Burger

Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu

Matt Taylor-Gross

Amy Thielen combines her Midwestern roots with a Japanese fast-food favorite for this crunchy burger coated in pretzel and panko breading, fried in peanut oil, and topped off with a sweet-savory sauce made from browned butter, ketchup, sake, and a dash of fresh ginger. Serve it with a cold Swiss chard dish as a side. Get the recipe for Japanese Pretzel Tonkatsu Burger »

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

Ingalls Photography

Form these sweet and spicy pancakes before you leave; then, simply pan-fry and top with an egg for a hearty breakfast, or serve them alongside marinated steak. Get the recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes »

Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aïoli and Pineapple Salsa

Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aïoli and Pineapple Salsa

Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aïoli and Pineapple Salsa

Andrew Ingalls

Puréed scallops and whipped egg whites lend heft and creamy texture to these crab cakes from Ocean Bleu @ Gino's restaurant in Newport, Oregon. Get the recipe for Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aïoli and Pineapple Salsa »

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes

Ingalls Photography

At Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe in Astoria, Oregon, flaky cheese-crusted halibut fillets are topped with a bright parsley sauce and paired with pan-seared broccoli rabe and garlicky mashed potatoes. Get the recipe for Parmesan-Crusted Halibut with Broccoli Rabe and Mashed Potatoes »

Garlic-and-Gruyère-Stuffed Mushrooms

Garlic-and-Gruyere-Stuffed Mushrooms

Garlic-and-Gruyere-Stuffed Mushrooms

Romulo Yanes

Garlic-stuffed mushrooms are enhanced with a little dry sherry and nutty Gruyère cheese. Get the recipe for Garlic-and-Gruyère-Stuffed Mushrooms »

Honey-Dill Dipping Sauce

Honey-Dill Dipping Sauce

Honey-Dill Dipping Sauce

Todd Coleman

Mayonnaise with honey and dill makes an awesome dipping sauce for chicken fingers. Get the recipe for Honey-Dill Dipping Sauce »

Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Todd Coleman

You can replace panko bread crumbs with coarse matzo meal to make these retro-inspired, two-bite hors d'oeuvres--which can be assembled up to two days ahead of time and baked off before guests arrive. Get the recipe for Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms »

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