Panko will make ordinary breadcrumbs seem very ho hum!
What it is: Panko is a flaky breadcrumb that is often used in Asian cuisine to give fried foods an extra crunchy coating.
Why we love it: Regular breadcrumbs are made out of crusty bread, but panko is made out of large flakes of crustless bread. This gives fried foods a deliciously light and airy texture.
You can substitute panko for any recipe that calls for breadcrumbs. We like to use it when breading fish and chicken fingers but it's also good sprinkled over homemade mac and cheese or used as a binder in crab cake recipes.
Where to buy it: Panko is commonly available in specialty stores and major grocery store chains. Just look in the Asian food aisles.
Recipes to try:
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