Agedashi Tofu

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Agedashi Tofu
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.

Ready in
30 m
3
Servings
630
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
  • 1 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
50g
78%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
21%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Protein
15g
29%
Carbs
31g
10%
Vitamin A
3µg
N/A
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
10.7%
Vitamin C
26mg
44%
Vitamin E
10mg
48%
Vitamin K
14µg
18%
Calcium
307mg
31%
Fiber
3g
14%
Folate (food)
65µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
65µg
16%
Iron
3mg
17%
Magnesium
80mg
20%
Monounsaturated
34g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
231mg
33%
Polyunsaturated
10g
N/A
Potassium
599mg
17%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
11.5%
Sodium
743mg
31%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.1%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
10%

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