Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu
Staff Writer
Agedashi Tofu

Namiko Chen

Agedashi Tofu

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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Calcium, Ca
5mg
1%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
3µg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
61mg
9%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
1176mg
78%
Water
74g
3%

Tofu Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Tofu Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.