agedashi tofu recipe

Agedashi tofu

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 etymology

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.

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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 recipe

Agedashi tofu

Adegashi tofu, properly Agedashi dōfu (揚げ出し豆腐) in Japanese, means Lightly deep-fried tofu, and it is a very famous and old dish.
4.96 from 50 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people
Calories 161 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 250 grams medium-firm tofu
  • cornstarch
  • 250 milliliters dashi 250ml of water + 1 large tsp dashi powder. For vegan, use one made from kombu and not fish
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin

Additionally:

  • radish
  • scallion
  • bonito flakes optional, skip for vegan

Instructions
 

  • Drain the tofu for 15 minutes: wrap the tofu with paper towels and place a heavy plate on top of the block of tofu.
  • 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!)
  • Cut some scallion. Grate the radish, place it between a paper towel and 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. (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.)
  • In the saucepan with the dashi, add the soy sauce and mirin. Bring to 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. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 16gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1538mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 197mgIron: 2mg

Caution

Nutritional information shall not be used for medical reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love how simple this recipe is! Tofu is my guilty pleasure and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. I loved this one! Thank you for sharing!