Nama Panko: How to Make Fresh Panko Bread Crumbs

The traditional Japanese bread crumb “Panko (パン粉)” is an essential part of Japanese “Katsu (カツ)“dishes and, in recent years, has gained popularity in many countries.

Nama Panko (生パン粉)

Nama Panko Bread Crumbs

Panko actually comes in 2 different types.

One is “Nama Panko (生パン粉)” made from white bread “Shokupan (食パン)” whose bread crumbs are fresh with some moisture.

The other is “Kanso Panko (乾燥パン粉)” made by drying Nama Panko whose breadcrumbs are coarse and large compared to traditional Western bread crumbs.

By the way, in Japan, Kanso Panko or Dry Panko is more common than Nama Panko or Fresh Panko.


Nama Panko or Fresh Panko

Nama Panko is undried and fresh, so the breadcrumbs are voluminous, making the food coated with them more gorgeous. 

What is better, once the food is deep-fried in oil, the resulting texture becomes pleasantly crispy thanks to the moisture contained in its covering.

As a coating, Nama Panko is suitable for “Agemono (揚げ物)” deep-fried dishes whose ingredients are raw, such as Ebi Furai, Tonkatsu, and croquette,

for the food covered in Fresh Panko is slowly cooked through.

How to Make Nama Panko (Easy Recipe)

Shokupan White Bread

Nama Panko can easily be prepared at home. 

Based on this Japanese recipe site, you can effortlessly make it by tearing fresh white bread into bite-size chunks by hand and crushing with a blender until they become tiny pieces.

But the breadcrumbs don’t keep long, so you have to use them up as soon as possible.

(Reference Pages: Wikipedia パン粉, Macaroni, )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

3 Responses

  1. PG says:

    Many thanks to Tama-chan for this easy recipe.
    Dried panko is kinda rare in my country (you can find it in some supermarkets or in ethnic shops) so I’ll use the fresh panko for tonkatsu!

  1. May 3, 2020

    […] are two types of panko crumbs – a dried version (kanso panko) and a slightly moist version (nama panko). For pork katsu, apparently the moist version is the better version and it can be made by taking […]

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