Agedeshi tofu is a popular appetizer in Japanese restaurants especially in izakayas or Japanese-style pubs. With its soft insides and crispy exterior, this savory dish with airy crunch can make anyone fall for its taste and texture as it is loaded with tons of umami flavor that comes with a slight tinge of sweetness which gives it out of the world taste. The broth and tofu complement each other perfectly well.
Soaked in the warm flavourful sauce, this light snack made of soft tofu just melts in your mouth. On top, it can be easily be prepared in half an hour. Top with grated ginger and you can set your taste buds on flavor explosion with the spicy freshness that balances out the flavor profile brilliantly.
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Serving Size: 4
- 24 oz. Silken Tofu, drained
- ½ tsp. Sugar, granulated
- 1 cup Dashi Stock
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- Oil, as needed for frying
- 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp. Mirin
- Potato Starch, as needed
Method of Preparation:
- For making this yummy fare, cover the tofu with paper towels and keep it in the strainer for half an hour to discard the excess moisture.
- Now, slice the tofu into four portions and squeeze out the excess moisture by covering it with a paper towel again.
- Next, sprinkle potato starch over it and coat it well. Shake off the excess flour with a brush.
- Then, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is shimmering hot, stir in the tofu pieces.
- Cook them for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are golden brown.
- Transfer the cooked tofu to a paper towel-lined plate to remove the excess oil.
- In the meantime, place dashi stock, soy sauce, ginger, mirin, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan and heat it over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Finally, place the fried tofu in a serving bowl and pour the hot sauce over it.
- Serve it hot and enjoy it.
Tip: If you prefer to spice it up, you can add shichimi togarashi or seven-spice chili.
Toppings: Top it with grated daikon, scallion, and grated ginger.
Serve with: You can serve it along with noodle dishes like miso ramen or with chicken noodle soups.
Substitutions: If you don’t get silken tofu, you can go for firm tofu also.
Nutritional Information per serving:
- Calories: 163Kcal
- Fat: 7.9g
- Carbohydrates: 9.4g
- Proteins: 12.9g
This recipe has been written by Nakano. Find out more about Japanese cookware here.
Author: Takahashi Sakura