Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu
Namiko Chen


  •   One 14-ounce package regular tofu (momen tofu)
  • 1 cup  dashi stock*
  • 2 tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  mirin
  • 1/2 cup  cornstarch
  •   Vegetable oil, for frying
  •   One 1-inch piece daikon, grated
  • scallion, chopped
  •   Katsuobushi (bonito flakes), for garnish (optional)
  •   Shichimi (Japanese chile flakes), for garnish (optional)

Think you don’t like tofu? Then this recipe might just change your mind. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require too much special shopping, if any at all.

A traditional Japanese appetizer that is often served at home as a prelude to a meal, or something to graze on while enjoying a few beers in good company at a raucous izakaya (a Japanese pub of sorts, but usually with some serious food), this is something you won’t want to miss.

Be sure to use regular tofu, as firm tofu will result in agedashi tofu that are, well, firm, and silken tofu is difficult to work with.


Over the sink, drain the water from the tofu for 5-10 minutes. Cut into 6-8 cubes and transfer to a plate. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let cool and dehydrate. In a small saucepan, heat the dashi stock, soy sauce, and mirin over medium heat just until warm. Remove from the sauce from heat and cover with a lid.

In a nonstick frying pan, heat ¼- to ½-inch oil over high heat to 340-350 degrees. Deep fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Place the tofu in a serving bowl, garnish with grated daikon and scallion, and pour the sauce on top. Garnish with bonito flakes and Japanese chile flakes, if desired.


Calories per serving:

640 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 158g 243%
  • Carbs 84g 28%
  • Saturated 13g 66%
  • Fiber 7g 28%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 106g
  • Polyunsaturated 31g
  • Protein 43g 85%
  • Cholesterol 7mg 2%
  • Sodium 2,188mg 91%
  • Calcium 868mg 87%
  • Magnesium 210mg 53%
  • Potassium 1,358mg 39%
  • Iron 8mg 47%
  • Zinc 4mg 28%
  • Phosphorus 647mg 92%
  • Vitamin A 10µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 36mg 60%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 25%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 32%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 28%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 142µg 36%
  • Vitamin E 30mg 152%
  • Vitamin K 41µg 52%
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