Agedashi Tofu

For years, we have enjoyed agedashi tofu at restaurants. We often order bento boxes, with a combination of vegetarian sushi, vegetables, and other things, including agedashi tofu. Or, simply as an appetizer.

We decided to see if we could make this at home, since we haven’t been dining out much, and agedashi tofu seems like something you would want to enjoy freshly prepared.

This recipe turns out to be super easy! All I really had to find for this recipe was potato starch, which I ended up ordering on Amazon since I couldn’t find it locally.

Note: agedashi tofu is often not vegetarian. It is usually served with a fish-based dashi sauce and topped with bonito (fish) flakes. This recipe is obviously modified for our vegetarian family.

Ingredients:

~ Soft tofu (1 block)
~ Potato starch
~ Vegetable oil (enough for deep frying)

Dashi sauce:

~ 1 cup kombu dashi (for vegetarians)
~ 2 tbsp soy sauce
~ 2 tbsp mirin
~ Optional: scallions for topping

Directions:

Drain the tofu. Silken tofu is very fragile, and it makes me nervous just getting it out of the packaging. Handle it carefully! It generally doesn’t make it out of the package perfectly, but that is ok. You can gently press it between two plates for about 15 minutes.

Slice the tofu carefully into blocks.

Heat up oil in a pan, deep enough for frying the tofu.

Put some potato starch in a small dish, creating a layer to lay the tofu in. I try to smooth out the lumps a little with a spoon. Then, spoon the potato starch over the tofu to coat.

Gently place your coated tofu into the heated oil. Leave in the oil until it starts to turn golden brown and crispy.

Remove and place on a paper towel to blot excess oil.

Serve with a dashi sauce.

Top with scallions or shredded seaweed.

What do you think?

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23 Comments
  • Heather
    May 6, 2021

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried tofu before, but this looks delicious! I can’t wait to make this recipe.

  • proseccobefore7
    May 6, 2021

    I love tofu, and my husband and daughter love it too. Thanks for sharing this, I will be making it for dinner over the weekend.

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    May 6, 2021

    I was never really a fan of tofu. I think I tried it once and I didn’t really like the taste but I am willing to give it another try again. This recipe looks so yumm!

  • Catherine
    May 6, 2021

    I’ve never had tofu like this before but it sounds and looks so delicious! I love how simple it is to prep too!

  • michelle twin mum
    May 6, 2021

    I have to admit that I have never tried Tofu but this looks very tempting and I bet you saved lots by learning to cook it at home. Mich x

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    May 6, 2021

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, I have tried the dish in restaurants but never tried to make it at home

  • Sondra
    May 6, 2021

    I love eating this at Japanese restaurants. Never thought about making it before but I will definitely try now!

  • Luci W.
    May 7, 2021

    Mmmm this must be so good – a little crunchy on the outside and then velvety soft on the inside. What a great way to prepare soft tofu. Wish I could have some now!

  • Jasemine Denise
    May 7, 2021

    I think this is my first time seeing tofu made from scratch and honestly, it looks delicious!! Green onions are the secret sauce to every meal!! <3

  • Tasheena
    May 11, 2021

    I’ve never had this before, I would love to give this a try.

  • Amber Myers
    May 11, 2021

    I have never tried this before. I should give it a taste to see if I like it.

  • melissa chapman
    May 11, 2021

    I love tofu and this recipe looks like a real winner. I will try to make this soon

  • Tara Pittman
    May 11, 2021

    This looks so yummy. I do love tofu so I will have to try this recipe.

  • Everything Enchanting
    May 11, 2021

    I’ve never had agedashi tofu! Also, I like that you made it solely for the vegetarians. I’ll try out this recipe soon, looks delicious 🙂

  • Monica Simpson
    May 12, 2021

    I love tofu! My daughter does too. We’d totally try this.

  • Gervin Khan
    May 12, 2021

    My husband loves tofu so much, and this one looks really delicious and easy. I am sure he will love this dish.

  • Terri Steffes
    May 12, 2021

    I’d try this! I’m guessing there isn’t a worry that it is undercooked. I haven’t cooked tofu before.

  • Sally
    May 12, 2021

    I just started cooking with tofu last year. Some things have turned out great, others, not so much. I still need to find some more great things to make with it.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    May 12, 2021

    I haven’t tried this before. I love that you made a vegi option. I need to try and add more tofu to my diet.

  • Richelle Escat
    May 13, 2021

    Seems so savory! Such a great way to enjoy tofu. I’ll try this soon.

  • Swathi
    May 13, 2021

    Love this crispy delicious tofu. great appetizer I need to try it out.

  • Lynndee
    May 13, 2021

    I love tofu but I’ve never tried this dish before. I’m going to try your recipe. Looks good!

  • Charina Rasing
    July 14, 2021

    We love tofu at home. This is worth a try!