Tofu Dengaku (Tofu with Miso Glaze)

A simple tofu recipe with a sweet and umami based glazed, broiled to perfection.


  • 14 oz block firm tofu (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons red miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sake
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dashi
  • 1 thumb size ginger (peeled and finely grated)
  • 1 scallion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Turn the oven to broil.
  2. Wrap tofu in paper towel and leave until paper towel has soaked through. Repeat a couple of times to remove excess water.
  3. Slice tofu in half in thickness and in 4 slices lengthwise.
  4. In a mixing bowl add red and white miso, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, sake, dashi and grated ginger and mix well.
  5. In a pan over high heat, add tofu slices and fry each side for about 2 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  6. Transfer the tofu onto a sheet tray and brush a good amount of mixed sauce on top of each slice.
  7. Broil for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes, until dark brown.
  8. Transfer to a plate and top with sesame seed and scallions. Serve.


Keep the leftovers in an airtight storage container. No need to reheat the dish the next day, tofu dengaku is also delicious cold!


Keywords: Soybean, appetizer, side, vegetarian, vegan

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