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Have you ever made agedashi tofu? If the answer is no, you should do it. I mean it. Agedashi tofu is a Japanese way to serve and eat hot tofu. Follow this easy agedashi tofu recipe to enjoy one of the most characteristic ways to eat tofu in Japan.

Origin and etimology

Adegashi tofu, properly Agedashi dōfu (揚げ出し豆腐) in Japanese, means Lightly deep-fried tofu, is a very famous and old dish. It is served as a side dish and traces of it can be found already some hundred centuries ago. This dish consists of deep-fried tofu and a broth-like sauce made of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce.

Dashi is a simple stock that is used in many Japanese dishes (like miso soup, for example) and it is often made of kombu kelp and bonito flakes, known as katsuobushi. Vegan versions of dashi use only kombu or shiitake mushrooms for the characteristic umami flavor. In this recipe, we used a ready-made dashi powder because it is fast to use. This dish will be even better if you know how to make different dashi stocks yourself.

How to make agedashi tofu

First of all, you will need to drain the tofu for 15 minutes to release all the water in excess. Start preparing the dashi sauce, adding 250ml of hot water with half a teaspoon of dashi powder into a saucepan, and stir. For garnish, cut some scallion and grate radish that you will need to place between a paper towel to squeeze the excess liquid from it. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a saucepan for deep frying. Cut the tofu into quite large squares. Pat them dry and coat them with cornstarch. Deep fry them immediately. Place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

In the saucepan with the dashi, add the soy sauce and mirin. Bring to a boil. Then turn off the heat. Plate by placing the tofu in a deep plate or a bowl. Add the dashi sauce without pouring it on the tofu. Add the radish, scallion, and bonito flakes(if using) on top.

You will be now ready to serve your agedashi tofu.

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Vegan agedashi tofu

To have a full vegan agedashi tofu recipe, please skip the bonito flakes. Also, make the dashi sauce from kombu (dried kelp) or shiitake mushrooms.

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Agedashi tofu

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 30 mins Servings: 2 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Drain the tofu for 15 minutes: wrap the tofu with paper towels and place a heavy plate on top of the block of tofu.

  2. Make the dashi in a saucepan. Combine 250ml of hot water with 0,5tsp of dashi powder and stir.

    If you know how to make dashi from scratch, you should definitely do that instead of using powder!
  3. Cut some scallion. Grate the radish, place it between a paper towel and squeeze the excess liquid from it. Set aside.

  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan for deep frying. Cut the tofu into quite large squares. Pat them dry and coat them with cornstarch. Deep fry them immediately. Place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

    If you do not wish to deep fry, cook the coated tofu in 2tbsp oil on a pan until crispy and golden from both sides.
  5. In the saucepan with the dashi, add the soy sauce and mirin. Bring to boil. Then turn off the heat.

  6. Plate by placing the tofu in a deep plate or a bowl. Add the dashi sauce without pouring it on the tofu. Add the radish, scallion and bonito flakes(if using) on top. Serve.

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  1. Swathi

    Looks delicious love this tofu recipe.

  2. Julia

    I’m so pleased I found this recipe I’ve been looking for something new and delicious to try with tofu. Thank you.

  3. Kay

    Great starters the family loved it 🙂

  4. Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

    Incredibly delicious. I have to make this soon!

  5. Addie

    These flavors are amazing!

  6. Jean

    Interesting recipe! I always buy firm tofu, thanks for the vegan option

  7. Debra

    Great way to enjoy tofu!

  8. Amy

    Yum! My all time favourite appetiser. But have never attempted it at home!

  9. Alexandra

    Such a delicious way to prepare tofu.

  10. Kayla DiMaggio

    Love this agedashi tofu! It is full of that good umami flavor!

  11. Sam

    This is such a unique recipe and I love that it’s vegan. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  12. Akshita

    Nice to see a lot of in depth details about this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jamie

    Looks so flavorful and perfect as a side!

  14. Oscar

    Great recipe, love this tofu.

  1. Swathi

    Looks delicious love this tofu recipe.

  2. Julia

    I’m so pleased I found this recipe I’ve been looking for something new and delicious to try with tofu. Thank you.

  3. Kay

    Great starters the family loved it 🙂

  4. Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

    Incredibly delicious. I have to make this soon!

  5. Addie

    These flavors are amazing!

  6. Jean

    Interesting recipe! I always buy firm tofu, thanks for the vegan option

  7. Debra

    Great way to enjoy tofu!

  8. Amy

    Yum! My all time favourite appetiser. But have never attempted it at home!

  9. Alexandra

    Such a delicious way to prepare tofu.

  10. Kayla DiMaggio

    Love this agedashi tofu! It is full of that good umami flavor!

  11. Sam

    This is such a unique recipe and I love that it’s vegan. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  12. Akshita

    Nice to see a lot of in depth details about this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jamie

    Looks so flavorful and perfect as a side!

  14. Oscar

    Great recipe, love this tofu.

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