plural panko
: crustless wheat bread made into crisp dry crumbs and used especially as a topping or coating for food
Panko turns a beautiful golden brown when it's cooked, and adds its crisp-sweet characteristics to foods that are pan-fried in shallow oil too.Sarah Fritschner
While run-of-the-mill bread crumbs are basically ground-up dried bread, panko is specially produced to turn out more like a coarse white flake than a crumb.Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat
Japanese panko … create a crunchy coating for fried dishes. They do so without giving a very "bready" or heavy taste since the panko crumbs are made with just the bread and not the bread crusts.Monica Bhide
The patty is breaded on one side with panko and sauteed before being presented with spring onions, green garlic and fava beans.Michael Bauer
Panko bread crumbs make an extra-crispy crust for breaded chicken or veal.Marlene Parrish

Examples of panko in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The eggs are cooked in a water bath at a low temperature, giving them their custardy texture, then sliced into planks and fried in a mixture of flour and panko. New York Times, 18 June 2024 Choose baked or fried cod ($13) or panko or coconut shrimp ($14), served with baked potato, french fries or potato pancakes; coleslaw; rye bread; and desserts. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2024 In a third shallow dish combine panko, paprika, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2024 The containers were discarded. 4 violations RnR Restaurant, 3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Inspectors found a food container in the dry storage area that was filled with panko and rodent droppings. Michael Braga, The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2024 Pour over the shrimp in the bowl and return the empty skillet to medium heat; add the panko and cook, stirring, for a few minutes or just until lightly golden. Bonnie S. Benwick, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 The green-averse will be more than pleased with a creamy mac and cheese topped with a buttery, crunchy panko seasoned with chili-lime powder. Carlos Frías, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Sprinkle casserole with cheese and panko; dot with butter slices. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Dec. 2023 Get The Recipe 12 of 70 Sumac Carrots with Feta Mousse and Crispy Panko A Feta mousse serves as the base for cooked carrots while toasted panko sprinkled on top gives the dish a crispy finish. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from Japanese, from pan "bread" (borrowed from Portuguese pão, going back to Latin pānis) + ko "flour, powder" — more at food

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of panko was in 1970

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“Panko.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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