Ready to try the ultimate Japanese Agedashi Tofu Recipe? Lightly fried tofu with an airy crunch – covered in savory Tsuyu broth and topped with katsuobushi! Make this classic Japanese izakaya snack at home in only 25 minutes!

Agedashi tofu, my favorite Japanese tofu recipe! Deep-fried tofu served in a warm tsuyu broth.

Agedashi Tofu Recipe

Agedashi tofu is one of my favorite Japanese foods!
It’s a popular Japanese appetizer (similar to korokke) that can be found in most izakayas (pub style restaurants).
When made well, agedashi tofu is one of the best tofu dishes you can have!
You see, the outside is lightly fried (similar to these fried bamboo shoots) – while the the tofu inside is so soft it almost melts in your mouth.

The warm tentsuyu broth added to the dish just before serving is full of savory umami and just a touch of sweetness. Meanwhile, the grated ginger on top brings a spicy freshness, that rounds out the flavor profile beautifully.

Our history with Japanese fried tofu

Back when my husband and I were first dating, he took me to a small izakaya in the East Village in NYC because he knew I loved Japanese food. (Smart guy!)
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he took his first velvety bite of agedashi tofu.
That night there were three pieces of tofu in the small bowl – and he insisted that I take two.
As soon as the waiter came back to the table, he ordered a second serving. And who could blame him!
I guess you could say he became an agedashi tofu convert right there on the spot!
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How to cook Agedashi Tofu

Lightly dust your drained silken tofu with a bit of potato starch. This will provide an airy, crunchy exterior to your tofu once fried.

Then heat your cooking oil to around 340°F. Once hot, carefully place your tofu cubes inside and deep fry until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels until the excess oil has run off.

Meanwhile in a small pan, heat up your dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and salt. Stir until the sugar has disolved.

Serve your fried tofu cubes in the broth – and top with scallions, katsuobushi and grated ginger and daikon.

YUM!

Agedashi tofu pro-tip: before frying, it’s always a good idea to wrap your tofu blocks in paper towels to absorb any excess moisture.
This agedashi tofu recipe was adapted from the excellent Japanese cuisine cookbook Harumi Kurihara’s Harumi’s Japanese cooking.

Agedashi tofu makes a great side to noodle dishes such as miso ramen, ja ja men (dry ground pork noodles) or Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.

Here are some of my other favorite tofu dishes:

Did you like this Agedashi Tofu Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comment section below!
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Agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu in tsuyu broth)

Make this traditional Japanese tofu dish at home in just 25 minutes!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Deep fryig
  • Cuisine: Japanese
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Ingredients

  • Two 12-ounce box silken tofu (drained)
  • potato starch or cornstarch (for dusting)
  • oil (for frying)
  • 1 cup dashi stock
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Toppings:

  • ginger (peeled and grated)
  • green onion or chives (finely chopped)
  • shiso leaves (chopped) optional
  • myoga (chopped) optional

Instructions

  1. Drain the tofu and then wrap it in paper towels and place in a strainer for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Cut the tofu into four pieces, dry again with paper towels, then coat with the potato starch.
  2. Heat the oil to a suitable temperature for deep-frying (around 340 degrees). Carefully put the tofu pieces in to fry and when they turn golden, remove and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  3. In a small pan heat up the dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, ensuring that the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Divide the tofu among four bowls. Pour a little of the hot broth into each bowl and garnish with the grated daikon, a dab of grated ginger, shiso, myoga, and green onion to taste.

Notes

This Agedashi Tofu recipe is meant to be enjoyed immediately. The broth can be saved for later, but once the tofu is fried it will not keep in the fridge.

Keywords: recipe, vegetarian, appetizer, Japanese, izakaya

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