These Japanese Beef Croquettes are crispy on the outside with creamy and soft interior. They are made with combination of mashed potatoes, beef, and onion, then formed into patties, coated with breadcrumbs, and deep fried until golden brown. You can choose to serve them as a snack, part of your appetizer platter or even as a side dish. Whether eaten hot or cold, these croquettes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
After a visit to Japan and had many many croquettes there, I decided to make some at home. Head to the frozen food and ready-to-take out aisles at any supermarket, or to the heated deep fried snack display cases at the convenience stores. You can pretty much find them almost everywhere in Japan. They can even be seen in sandwiches, smothered in tonkatsu sauce, and stuffed into a soft bun with lettuce. As simple as it sounds, every bite of croquettes truly brings a comforting and satisfying feeling for me.
For those of us not living in Japan though like me, we need to make this at home ourselves if we want to enjoy croquettes. I know that croquettes take a long time to make, but if you like them, this recipe will not disappoint you at all. I usually make this portion and keep the extra in the freezer so that I can eat it whenever I want.
About Japanese Croquettes
Japanese Croquette or known as Korokke (コロッケ) is a popular Japanese deep fried dish with potatoes as its main ingredients. Beef Croquette is obviously the most popular one. Another popular famous croquettes include some ground meat, vegetables, or anything you heart desires. The only rule is that the filling should not be watery so that they can hold the shape while being fried.
It is said that Japanese Croquette originated from French croquette or Dutch kroket. It became a wide-spread western style food in the early 1900s in Japan. However, it has evolved to suit more Japanese tastes now. It is now such a popular dish in Japan that there are small shops where all they sell is croquettes. They are also available in convenience stores, supermarkets, bento shops, and butcher shops in Japan. They are loved by people of all ages and considered as a comfort food for many Japanese.
Tips For Making Beef Croquettes
Here are some tips for making successful Beef Croquettes.
1. Use the right potatoes
Use starchy potatoes, like Russets or Yukon Golds because these varieties have a lot of starch content. Therefor, they break down easily and absorb more flavor than the one with low starch content. In addition, starchy potatoes will make sure the mashed potatoes sticking together better.
2. Start boiling potatoes with cold water
Potatoes should always be placed in cold water and brought to a boil, this helps them cook evenly. I quarter them so they boil faster. Generally, the cooking process only take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how big they are. They are done when they are tender all way through. Just pierce the potato with a fork or paring knife to check if they are ready.
3. Drain potatoes well
After they are cooked, I usually pour the cubed potatoes into a colander. I let them sit in there for a few minutes just to make sure I have drained them completely.
4. Cook the boiled potatoes
After straining the water from the potatoes, put them back in the pot and cook them again over low heat for a minute to evaporate the remaining moisture. Do not forget to keep stirring or the bottom will get burnt. Do this step to make sure there is no any remaining liquid that will affect the whole consistency of the mashed potatoes and make it easier to be shaped.
5. Strain the beef mixture
Stir in the cook beef mixture into the mashed potatoes, but leave the liquid behind. It might be a good idea to put the cooked beef mixture into a strainer to drain out any liquid before adding it to the mashed potatoes.
6. Do not under season the croquettes
When cooking anything, seasoning is also one of the most important step to enhance the flavor. Season the mixture of mashed potatoes and cooked beef generously with salt and pepper because the potatoes obviously have not been properly seasoned.
7. Shape them into oval-shaped balls
Roll the mixture into oval-shaped balls, then flatten them slightly with your palm. You want them to still be thick and plump, but flat enough so that they do not roll around during frying.
8. Dredge them well
Dredging the croquettes is an important step to add a nice crunchiness to their exterior. Firstly, you lightly coat it with the flour to remove any moisture. Then, roll them into beaten egg and breadcrumbs separately.
In this picture below, I made two version of croquettes. The ones at the front are the Beef Croquettes, meanwhile the ones at the back are Curry Croquettes. Do not forget to check out my Curry Croquettes recipe 🙂 .
These Beef Croquettes are crispy on the outside with creamy and soft interior. Whether eaten hot or cold, these croquettes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
- 500 gr starchy potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 small onion finely diced
- 1/2 carrot finely diced
- 150 gr ground beef
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour (60 gr)
- 2 cups breadcrumbs (180 gr)
In a large pot of water, boil the potatoes until they become tender for about 10-15 minutes.
While waiting for the potatoes, heat oil in a frying pan over high heat and add the onion and carrot to cook. After the carrot is cooked through, add ground beef and cook until browned and completely cooked. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
After the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the heat and drain the water completely. Move the pot back to the stove and cook over low heat for a few minutes to remove the remaining moisture. Keep stirring, especially the bottom pot to prevent from burning. Turn off the heat.
Mash the potatoes and set aside until they are cool enough to handle, but still warm.
Add cooked beef mixture and egg into the mashed potatoes. Remember to discard any liquid left in the frying pan. Add some more salt and pepper to taste.
Divide the mixture into 8 and shape them into an oval.
Prepare three shallow dishes and put flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs separately. Drop them into flour lightly, then into the beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Set aside.
When the oil is heated to 360 F/180°C, carefully drop them in several batches into the oil. Fry for about 3-4 minutes each side or until crispy and golden brown. Transfer to the wire rack or paper towel to drain while it cools. Best serve warm.