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Japanese Ham & Cheese Croquette (Korokke)

These Japanese ham and cheese croquettes (korokke) are the perfect appetizer for any party. The crispy breadcrumb coating and melty cheese and ham filling create a savory flavor bomb in every bite. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Tasty Team
95% would make again
Japanese Ham & Cheese Croquette (Korokke)


for 6 servings

  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into medium-sized chunks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup ham (150 g), chopped into small pieces
  • ¾ cup cheese (75 g), chopped into small pieces
  • ½ green onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup flour (125 g)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs (100 g)
  • oil, for frying
  • green cabbage, shredded, to serve
  • tonkatsu sauce, to serve

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 586
  • Fat 16g
  • Carbs 80g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 27g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Heat water in a pot to a simmer, then add the potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, and stir.
  2. Cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until a fork can easily pierce the potatoes.
  3. Dry the potatoes on a towel, allowing them to steam to remove excess moisture, then transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Mash the potatoes until no large chunks remain.
  5. Add the ham, cheese, onions, the other teaspoon of salt, pepper, and milk.
  6. Mix until evenly incorporated.
  7. Shape the potato mixture into 2-inch (3cm) discs.
  8. Separate the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into separate bowls.
  9. Dredge the croquettes into the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip them into the eggs, and then coat them evenly in the bread crumbs.
  10. Heat oil in a pot to 350°F (180°C).
  11. Fry 2-3 croquettes at a time until golden brown, then drain on a rack or paper towels with a sprinkle of salt.
  12. Cool, then serve with the cabbage and sauce!
  13. Enjoy!
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Japanese Ham & Cheese Croquette (Korokke)