Agedashi Tofu: make this classic Japanese izakaya snack at home in only 25 minutes!
Deep fried tofu in tsuyu broth
Agedashi Tofu Recipe
Agedashi tofu is one of my favorite Japanese foods! Agedashi tofu is a popular Japanese appetizer (like korokke) found in most izakayas (pub style restaurants).When made well, agedashi tofu is one of the best things you can have. The outside is lightly fried while the the tofu inside almost melts in your mouth. The warm tentsuyu broth added to the dish is full of umami and a little sweet, while the grated ginger on top brings freshness, rounding out the flavor profile beautifully.
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 about my love for Japanese food. (Smart guy!) I’ll never forget the look on his face when he took his first bite of agedashi tofu. There were three pieces of tofu in the small bowl – and he insisted that I have two. As soon as the waiter came back to the table, he ordered a second serving. I guess you could say he’s an agedashi tofu convert!
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.
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, the coat with the potato starch.
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.
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.
Divide the tofu among four bowls. Pour a little of the hot sauce into each bowl and garnish with the grated daikon, a dab of grated ginger, shiso, myoga, and green onion to taste.
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.