What is panko?
Panko is a type of breadcrumb that is most often used for frying in Japanese cooking. It's made from traditional Japanese wheat bread that has been dried and shredded into flakes. The process produces breadcrumbs that are larger and flakier than ordinary breadcrumbs.
We like panko because it doesn't get soggy or fall off when baked or fried. Plus, it maintains a bit of a crunch when regular breadcrumbs tend to turn soggy.
Many large grocers carry panko in the international food section, and you're sure to find panko at an Asian market. In a pinch, you can substitute crushed saltines (or some other light cracker) for panko.
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