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Agedashi Tofu 揚げ出し豆腐

Agedashi Tofu | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comAgedashi Tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu which is coated with potato starch and deep fried so that the outer shell is crispy.  It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top.  Then Tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance its flavor.  If you like spicy, you can add shichimi togarashi to spice up the taste.

This unique appetizer is crispy on the outside and creamy and soft inside.  Soaked in the savory sauce, the combination tastes amazing!  This light yet savory dish is served piping hot, so be careful not to burn yourself.

Agedashi Tofu | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Agedashi tofu is a popular appetizer menu at Izakayas and Japanese restaurants.  It is actually not difficult to make if you don’t mind deep frying.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe a delicious dish like this is easy and simple to make at home yourself.

My family loves tofu dishes but my son especially is crazy about agedashi tofu.  This is one of his favorite tofu dish that I make for him along with Mapo Tofu.  Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to make Agedashi Tofu!  I hope you enjoy!

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Agedashi Tofu
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Serves: 3
  • 1 block (14 oz) silken tofu (soft tofu)
  • 4 Tbsp. potato starch (or corn starch)
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  1. Drain the tofu by wrapping tofu with 3-4 layers of paper towels and place on a plate. Place a flat plate on top of the tofu to squeeze the liquid out for 15 minutes.
  2. Cut green onion into thin slices. Peel and grate daikon.
  3. Put dashi, soy sauce, and mirin in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  4. Remove tofu from paper towels and cut tofu into 8 pieces.
  5. Heat 1½ inch of oil the oil to 350F (175C) in a deep fryer. Coat the tofu with potato starch and deep fry until they turn light brown and crispy.
  6. Remove the tofu and drain excess oil on a plate lined with paper towels.
  7. To serve, place the tofu in a serving bowl and pour the sauce on the tofu. Garnish with grated daikon, green onion, katsuobushi, and shichimi togarashi.
For vegetarian agedashi tofu, use kombu dashi.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 13, 2011 and has been updated with new pictures/video and revised recipe instructions.


Posted in: Appetizers, Quick & Easy, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Vegetarian

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  • Valerie June 13, 2011, 1:00 am

    Yay! ^^ Thank you so much, will be making it asap!! :)

  • kat June 13, 2011, 1:06 am


  • Maris (In Good Taste) June 13, 2011, 1:08 am

    The kids must of had so much fun cherry picking! Your photos are so great and very helpful

  • Nate @ House of Annie June 13, 2011, 1:18 am

    Yum! We always order agedashi dofu when we go out to eat Japanese. I like it sprinkled with the little strands of bonito flakes waving in the heat.

  • Cooking Gallery June 13, 2011, 1:44 am

    I LOVE agedashi tofu!! The first time I ate it was in a Japanese restaurant here and it tasted fantastic! I have tried to make it myself but it wasn’t so great because the tofu tasted quite bland. I think the restaurant used soft tofu and I used firm tofu. Which tofu is actually normal to be used? When I buy tofu next time, I am sure I’ll try your recipe of agedashi tofu – but I think I’ll only have access to the firm ones, just because the organic ones are always firm (at least here). We can buy soft tofu in Asian markets but we’re trying to avoid that because the soybeans are very likely genetically modified :(.

    • Nami June 14, 2011, 12:22 am

      Hi CG! Some home/restaurant uses silken tofu, but it’s actually quite hard to make as silken tofu can break very easily. You need to use two spoons to dredge in corns starch instead of using hands. I think (as long as I know) momen tofu (reg tofu) is most common. I am not sure about firm tofu…I barely use it. I think regular tofu is the hardest tofu you should use for this recipe.

  • Raymund June 13, 2011, 1:46 am

    Simple, Elegant, Health that surely is a meal that every one will love.

  • Pudding Pie Lane June 13, 2011, 2:08 am

    Haha, you start blogging after 8pm, I started after 11pm once, clearly blogging takes priority over sleep! I do love tofu but I’ve not heard of this one – I want to try it! (and don’t be scared of baking, I’m sure you’d be a natural!)

  • Sissi June 13, 2011, 2:11 am

    Nami, I still haven’t had anything today apart from a big coffee, so your beautiful pictures make me die of hunger!
    I have never tried deep-frying tofu at home, but am often tempted… A Vietnamese shop (the same where I buy cheap shiso) sells deep-fried tofu and when I enter I try not to look in its direction… Every time I buy it, I finish the whole tofu in one day!
    Seriously, your instructions are as usually so easy to follow and the dish looks so yummy, I’ll have to do this!
    And thanks to you now I know what to do with the white grater I see in the Japanese shop!

  • daksha June 13, 2011, 3:14 am

    Health & Simple tofu, delicious thanks for sharing this.

  • elle marie Yamamoto June 13, 2011, 3:44 am

    Hey there Nami dahling. Potato starch is really easily accessible here, I think that would be okay, right? You know, I’ve never made this homemade before, I’ve always bought it from the “supa” (lol) I love the burn I get with daikon, vinegar and shoyu (okay, I’m kinda weird but I blame the Mr. Sebastian for turning me onto it).

    • Nami June 14, 2011, 11:42 am

      Hi Elle! Yes, 片栗粉 (potato starch) is what I used to use too. But I see corn starch often in American supermarket so I’m using it. You are lucky living in Japan… I miss Osouzai section. You can buy so many kinds of side dishes. Here, I have to make them myself!!! >_<

  • Belinda @zomppa June 13, 2011, 7:25 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Boy, I WISH it was in the 70s…it’s finally not in the mid-90s today. I like your version!

  • lynn @ the actor's diet June 13, 2011, 8:04 am

    yum! i used to have this all the time when i lived in nyc and could just pop into my favorite japanese place

  • Lori Lynn June 13, 2011, 8:37 am

    Great step-by-step tutorial. The finished dish is simple and lovely.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking June 13, 2011, 8:46 am

    What a wonderful step by step instruction..I love this dish Nami. Looks very delicious, and your photos are fantastic as well as presentation!!!

  • DeniseB June 13, 2011, 8:52 am

    Oh we love Agedashi Tofu and I feel silly but I tried recreating it at home without cornstartch or the heating and dehydrating step. Fail! I can’t wait to try it the right way! These recipes may seem simple to you but you are really heling me to cook better Japanese dishes by sharing! Thanks!
    I love fresh cherries by the way. Picking fruit is such a great activity for your children! My favorite cherry harvest dessert is Cherry crisp. If you have any left, I can send you the recipe.
    Thanks Nami! Keep posting–I love to see what you are cooking!!

  • Lyn June 13, 2011, 8:55 am

    Hi Nami! Tks for sharing this traditional Agedashi tofu recipe! My girls only eat this tofu and the fried egg tofu. :)
    I always take out and rinse the tofu right away w/o draining for so long! Now I learn another new thing from you again! Tks! :D

  • food-4tots June 13, 2011, 9:30 am

    Glad to know that your kids enjoyed the cherry picking. I made cherry popsicles last year when cherry was on offer. Hopefully I can find some cheap and juicyones this year. Thanks for sharing the traditional Agedashi Tofu. They look gorgeous and delicious! ;)

  • Adora's Box June 13, 2011, 9:54 am

    I’m mad about this tofu. So simple yet so delicious. All the ingredients are already here in the cupboard and the fresh ones are definitely in the shops. Yayyy!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) June 13, 2011, 10:24 am

    Glad you had a nice weekend, Nami. We did a little better with the sun in our area so my husband and I spent some time outdoors, too. Finally, we have warmer weather!

    Agedashi tofu is one of my favorite dishes to order when in a Japanese restaurant. I keep meaning to try it at home myself but have not gotten around to it. I love the texture of the tofu and allowing it to soak up the flavors of the broth. My local resto serves it topped with bonito flakes, too. Gosh, I might just have this for lunch today. Yum! Yours looks perfect!

  • Terris@FreeEatsFood June 13, 2011, 10:24 am

    What a great recipe….a perfect appetizer. I love it that you went picking in Brentwood! Since I grew up in the Bay Area, we had a family ritual of going to Brentwood, picking, and then heading home to can and bake. Those cherries must be amazing! You have me craving them now. Oh, I’m finally healthy now! Thank you for all your kind words. :)

  • Giulietta @ Alterkitchen June 13, 2011, 10:41 am

    So the cherry picking went good! Fantastic! :)
    And I’d love to taste this tofu dish (even if I don’t eat tofu often)! It looks very yummy!

  • Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ June 13, 2011, 10:56 am

    It sounds like a perfect day cherry picking. My family lives in Michigan (lots of cherries there) and my sister has made almost everything with cherries, blueberries too. She has a cottage in Traverse City, where they have a huge cherry festival. I remember as a kid driving home from up north stopping at a roadside stand to get a box of black sweet cherries, and finishing them by the time we get home…mmmm. Here in Florida we get all our cherries shipped in, it’s just not the same.

    The agedashi tofu looks simply wonderful! My daughter loves to snack on crispy fried tofu, but soft inside and dipping in ponzu sauce. I will have to try this I know my family will love it.

    I feel the same way about baking! (I leave that to my sister)

  • Elyse @The Cultural Dish June 13, 2011, 11:45 am

    I love tofu so much! I just bought some last week and have yet to use it so thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Mika June 13, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Cherry Pie, Cherry Pie, Cherry Pie!!!!! I’m trying to hypnotize you ; ) Is it working???

  • Firefly June 13, 2011, 1:40 pm

    This really looks yummy :)

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) June 13, 2011, 1:58 pm

    What a delightful way to eat tofu! So light yet so yummy!

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious June 13, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Looks great Nami! Cherry picking sounds like so much fun- hope your family had a good time. I’m trying to get my boyfriend to go to a U-Pick farm with me too. Hopefully we get our act together ASAP!

  • Happy When Not Hungry June 13, 2011, 3:28 pm

    This tofu looks delicious! Great and healthy dish!

  • pigpigscorner June 13, 2011, 4:09 pm

    My hubs loves this, thanks for the recipe! I bought some cherries recently and they were a tad sour! I guess the cherry season is not here yet for us!

  • Mary June 13, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Congratulations on your well-deserved award. There will be many more to come your way. Your tofu sounds wonderful and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll do with those cherries. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen June 13, 2011, 7:56 pm

    Finally, you’ve posted my absolute favorite Japanese dish of all times! I actually tried frying this tofu yesterday but didn’t refer to a recipe, so you can imagine what a disaster that turned out to be…LOL. I didn’t microwave and coat my tofu in cornstarch and it all stuck to the pan – disastrous! I’m so happy you’ve posted this, because my next try at making this dish will be perfect, Nami :-).

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy June 13, 2011, 7:59 pm

    You know..I dont like tofu :( But I would love to try this sauce with indian cheese [paneer] which is quite similar to tofu in texture. I love anything fried.I m sold on that sauce you made!

  • Sandy June 13, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Oh, tofu. I absolutely love tofu. I could eat tofu every single day. I will try out this recipe when I find out where to buy daikon. Ughhhh.


    • Nami June 14, 2011, 9:33 pm

      Hi Sandy! I’ve seen Daikon in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Indian markets before. I’ve seen one in Safeway, Whole Foods, and a high end supermarket too. I think the tag said Daikon Radish. You don’t have to put it if you can’t find. Katsuobushi is also nice addition, but it can be hard to find. You need to go to Japanese or Asian market for this. I’m sorry it’s a little bit complicated…. Good luck searching in your local supermarket. :-)

      • Sandy June 15, 2011, 7:17 pm

        Thank you, Nami! Yesterday, I went grocery shopping and found it at my local supermarket, which is kind of high-end store. I could not believe my eyes. There are no Asian markets nearby. :(


        • Nami June 16, 2011, 2:14 am

          I’m glad you found Daikon! In case you don’t know hat to do with leftover Daikon…. If you like miso soup, it’s a good way to finish up your daikon. Cook in Dashi broth until daikon is translucent and put miso in it. My kids like to drink daikon miso soup next day after being in fridge for over night. They like to drink it cold. :-)

  • Cindy June 13, 2011, 9:21 pm

    YAY!!!!! I love Agedashi tofu and so glad you are sharing the traditional recipe! I also love that you said 75 degree weather felt warm, I remember wearing a light jacket when it was 75 degrees here at Texas, seems like it was so long ago… It’s been around 100 degrees and lack of rain, no complains from me since this means less mosquito! I am hoping your family won’t finish all the cherries so I can get some sort of cherry pastry recipe from you and enjoy the beautiful photos!

  • Kim - Liv Life June 13, 2011, 9:41 pm

    I love tofu, but I’ve not really experimented with it in my own kitchen as I usually just get it when I’m out. This one really has me intrigued… maybe I’ll have to give it a go myself!

  • kankana June 13, 2011, 10:14 pm

    I didn’t know you stay in CA :) which area ??
    I had Tofu only a couple of times and I liked them .. not a big fan though. I have been trying to convince Arvind to try Tofu once again … not working out! Looking at this recipe .. i am getting so tempted.

  • Tastes of Home (Jen) June 13, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Love agedashi tofu Nami! Cherry picking sounds so fun :) Looks great! oh btw, I think I have the same black plates too hehe

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book June 13, 2011, 11:09 pm

    What a fun weekend you had. Sadly I have never been a big fan of tofu – I think it is the texture. Your fried version looks very nice though.
    :-) Mandy

  • Christian Hollingsworth June 14, 2011, 12:07 am

    Picking the cherries sounds like so much fun. Picking cherries and blackberries is my favorite. I love how stained all the kids get near the end too!

    Loving this tofu recipe. It looks delicious. I’m putting this on my list of food items to create from your blog. Thank you for sharing. You’re fantastic!

  • Lyn June 14, 2011, 1:39 am

    Hi Nami! Do you cut the tofu 1st then microwave or the other way round? Why is there so much water in plate after i microwave the tofu for 3mins? :O

    • Nami June 14, 2011, 10:42 pm

      Thanks for the question Lyn! Hmm either way is fine. It’s not that big deal. Microwave dehydrates tofu and without it, tofu has so much water inside. If you don’t dehydrate enough, it’s pretty dangerous when deep frying. :-) So make sure to dehydrate and coat well with corn starch! ;-)

      • Lyn June 15, 2011, 7:16 am

        Tks Nami! But when after I microwaved the tofu, there was so much water being “force out” and my tofu became sort of like more “soggy” and sank down by half(??) and was outta shape! LOL It don’t look like yours, still so firm and in its original shape.. Hope you get what I’m trying to explain.. hee… :P

        • Nami June 16, 2011, 2:10 am

          Here are two things I am wondering: 1) I forgot which microwave is stronger…Asian one or US one… Maybe you need to reduce microwave time. 2) Did you use regular Tofu (Momen Tofu) too? I think I’d go with reducing microwave time. You don’t have to “cook” it. If you still don’t succeed, then just dehydrate for a longer time and gently wipe tofu with paper towel. Hope this helps…

          • Lyn June 16, 2011, 5:07 am

            Hi Nami! Tks for your information! Greatly appreciated. :D
            Actually I’m not really sure if that’s the Momen Tofu but it’s those in box type for regular cooking (they’ve got 3 types which are for frying, for soup and for deep-fry) I’ll try again and if really can’t, I’ll just stick to using the paper towel and a BIGGER shield when frying. LOL
            Tks so much Nami! :D

            • Nami June 16, 2011, 9:56 am

              Make sure you coat with corn starch/potato starch well… that will absorb extra water and then coat tofu well that will prevent from splatter. ;-)

              • Lyn June 16, 2011, 10:34 am

                Ok sure, truly appreciate your time explaining and teaching me. Tks so much Nami! :D
                Have a great day ahead! :)

      • I_Fortuna July 15, 2013, 2:26 pm

        This is so true as I found out a couple of nights ago. I have often made deep fried tofu dredged in cornstarch but the other night I decided to use a stainless steel pan. I preheated the oil as usual and I put the tofu in. Well, the little cubes shot out like tiny rockets all over my kitchen! Oil spattered everywhere, my fridge, the floor and, of course, all over my new oven! Shielding myself, I managed to turn the heat off and tofu just kept shooting out. Once the oil cooled I removed the tofu that remained and finished cooking it in a different pan. I look back now and laugh, but this could have been very dangerous if my dog or a small child had been in the room let alone an adult. Fortunately, no one got hurt. I forbade hubby from coming in the kitchen so he would not be burned or slip on the oily floor. First thing I did was mop the floor well to prevent slips. Then I served dinner and cleaned up the rest afterward with a microfiber cloth, easy peasy. I have never dehydrated my tofu before. My old oven never got as hot as my new one so that may be why I never had a problem previously. The tip about dehydrating the tofu in the microwave is a great tip and I believe it will prevent another kitchen disaster with rocket tofu. Thank you so much for this great advice!

        • Nami July 18, 2013, 4:32 am

          Thank you for your feedback. :) Tofu has lots of water in it and it’s necessary step to ALWAYS dehydrate before cooking. Only exception is when you eat it raw (Hiyayakko – cold tofu) or put it in miso soup. :) Your disaster story could happen to anyone, and thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Manu June 14, 2011, 3:02 am

    I think I said this before, but I have never eaten tofu before… I have a lot of catching up to do in the Japanese cuisine department!!!! This dish sounds so good (ohhh I love fried food!) and your presentation is, as always, simple and elegant!!! Great post Nami! <3

  • PolaM June 14, 2011, 6:52 am

    I am not a big fan of tofu ad it is usually a bit too mushy for my taste, but I think I could make an exception for this!

  • Carolyn Jung June 14, 2011, 9:09 am

    One of my fave Japanese dishes. There is just something irresistible about the golden, crusty exterior that gives way to a soft custardy interior.

  • Juliana June 14, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Nami, I love this recipe…easy and so tasty. How interesting that you microwave the tofu to remove the water…I will have to try this method. Looks beautiful.
    Cherry picking…brings me memories of the time when my sin was little.
    Have a great week :-)

  • Carolyn June 14, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Lovely to have both agedashi recipes, thanks for sharing Nami!

  • Tiffany June 14, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I’ve been berry picking, but never cherry picking… sounds like fun! And I love your dish Nami! Happy Tuesday!

  • chopinandmysaucepan June 14, 2011, 7:56 pm

    Hi Nami,

    This is truly one of my favourite Japanese entrees, the others being chawan mushi and also shishamo (pregnant fish – I think!)

    I didn’t realise it’s relatively easy to prepare but I guess it’s the deep-frying that takes a bit of effort. I would definitely do it with the katsuobushi, always great fun watching it move as though it’s alive! :)

  • rebecca June 14, 2011, 8:32 pm

    lovely recipe and I bet cherry picking is so much fun love them

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover June 14, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Nami, sorry for not visiting you last week as I just came back from Bangkok. Look like you too had a great trip of cherry picking. I always like to order this tofu when take meal in outside Japanese restaurant, look like now i don’t need to do so as I can cook it at home. Thanks for sharing.

  • tigerfish June 15, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I have always been strawberry-picking and never tried cherry-picking before! Thanks for the recommendation. Are the cherries, organic?

  • Bee | Rasa Malaysia June 15, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Nami – I love this agedashi tofu. I love all sorts of Japanese food, you’re lucky being a Japanese. :)

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 15, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I loved cherry picking as a child. I also loved cherry pit spitting competition, just for fun (I’m actually not competitive at all).

    Very nice tofu dish! I’m still looking for ways to like tofu, we’re not friends yet, but one day maybe, and then I’ll try this. :)

  • sheri June 15, 2011, 7:26 pm

    I love agedashi tofu~ though I have yet to make it myself. Perhaps I can manage this? I love the way you make me feel like I can do it so easily :D

  • Sandra June 16, 2011, 4:46 pm

    $1.99 a pound for cherries is a steal! In the grocery store where I shop they are $4.99 a pound. Needless to say they don’t find their way home with me. Your dishes always look so sophisticated and this one is no exception.

  • Jun June 17, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I love agedashi tofu! It sounds simple so I’m going to try making this!

  • Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles June 18, 2011, 1:19 pm

    I just LOVE Agedashi!

  • betty June 18, 2011, 8:37 pm

    i always get this when i eat out at a jap restaurant- i love it! yours looks gr8, i might try and make my own sometime soon thanks for the recipe!!

  • erinwyso June 21, 2011, 6:42 pm

    Lovely method, lovely photos — thanks for sharing!

  • Christine February 28, 2012, 4:39 am

    I would like to take this to a Potluck, but won’t be able to fry the tofu there. Can this be partially made ahead of time? I would fry the tofu the night before and prepare the sauce. At serving time I would put it together. Do you think it would still be good? Thank you!

    • Nami February 28, 2012, 9:15 am

      Hi Christine! Just like any other deep fried food, if you deep fry ahead of time, it can get soggy. You can use an oven toaster or oven to bake it again right before you serve to make it crispy if that option is available. Otherwise, the batter won’t be as crispy as just out of the deep fryer. But if you don’t mind the texture, you can definitely prepare it ahead of time and pure sauce right before you serve. :-)

  • Stephanie August 10, 2012, 9:39 pm

    That’s a very interesting way to drain your tofu. I might start using your technique.. Thanks!

  • Megan H November 15, 2012, 6:47 pm

    HI Nami, I made this tonight, so easy and delicious!!! Yay!

    • Nami November 19, 2012, 12:43 am

      Hi Megan! I saw your IG and thanks so much for trying this recipe! :)

  • nic January 11, 2013, 10:57 am

    OMG having massive pregnancy cravings for agedashi tofu. Unfortunately do not have any of the ingredients to whip it up in the kitchen…sob! So I’m off to the shops tomorrow!
    Btw is the bonito flakes part of the garnish?

    • Nami January 11, 2013, 11:00 am

      Hi Nic! Ohhh thank you for noticing! I’ll edit and add that as garnish at the end too. I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Thank you for writing! :)

  • S.Matsuda January 29, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Hi Nami,
    This recipe was sooo great!. i made it and hubby was so delighted. Even my family and Friends from Phils and Dubai is asking for the recipe.

    Arigato Gozaimasu! :)

    • Nami January 30, 2013, 9:47 pm

      Hi Matsuda-san! Yay! I’m glad this recipe worked out for you and your family (even friends!). Thank you so much for your feedback. Arigato~~!

  • nic February 7, 2013, 4:20 am

    This is so embarrassing! I tried making dashi stock, was puzzled as why the stock wasn’t clear in colour and realised it was dashi miso that I used! Lol

    • Nami February 9, 2013, 12:08 am

      Hi Nic! Haha, you use miso that has dashi already in it? I see! In case you are not familiar with dashi, I have How To Make Dashi page. Hope this is helpful. :)


      How was miso flavor Agedashi Tofu? I think it’s not bad at all! It’s kind of like miso soup with tofu? :)

      • nic February 9, 2013, 7:27 am

        Hello Nami,
        I asked the shop owner if he has any dashi and was shown a tub with big Dashi word on it! I was gullible and took his word and didn’t even noticed the small print miso on the next line! Anyway I.made the dashi as per your instructions, surprisingly it turned out ok and was still yummy! Lol

        • Nami February 11, 2013, 11:17 am

          Hi Nic! Oh no! I never thought of the owner of (Japanese, Asian?) shop would point at different thing! Now you have a box of miso so you can enjoy making miso soup at home. ;) Thank you for sharing your story!

  • MusicaNLAlma April 19, 2013, 10:37 pm

    this looks delicious!

    • Nami April 20, 2013, 12:44 am

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Valerie August 26, 2013, 12:16 am

    I see you’ve tagged this recipe with ‘vegetarian’ but because it contains dashi and traditionally, the bonito flakes are included, that label is misleading. Fish isn’t vegetarian!

    • Nami August 26, 2013, 12:24 am

      Thank you for your comment, Valerie! This dish can be vegetarian if you don’t garnish bonito flakes on top (in recipe, it says optional for that reason). For dashi, you can use Kombu dashi (vegetarian dashi). Hope that helps! I hope vegetarian also enjoy Agedashi Tofu. :)

    • Nami August 26, 2013, 12:28 am

      I just edited my recipe and added “skip if vegetarian”. Hope it’s more clear. Thank you for your feedback! :)

  • Tiffany | baking at tiffanys October 24, 2013, 10:46 am

    Yum this is one of my favorites! And so simple too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, my only problem is my fear of deep frying anything :) But one day, when I get up the nerve, I will try this.

  • Kate (@KatefromScratch) October 24, 2013, 11:15 am

    Looks great Nami! Fast and easy and delicious. Just the way I love it.

  • Alessandra October 24, 2013, 3:05 pm

    One of my favourite Japanese dishes! Yeah!!!

  • Georgette Helton December 2, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Your food looks so taste and healthy thanks

    • Nami December 4, 2013, 10:53 am

      Thank you Georgette! :)

  • esther January 21, 2014, 1:09 pm

    Yesterday I was in H-mart and got inspired to try and make this dish-my son and I had it for lunch this week. I…..started asking people in the Japanese food section and fist person I asked was a Japanese chef! Very kindly he explained the process, almost exactly like yours! I understood it better after reading about the different types of dashi as he instructed to boil bonito and water and strain, then use that water for the dish. He did say potato starch was better than corn starch because it ‘flowers’ when fried, which I understood to mean gets texture when fried- before I had spoken with him I had panko in the basket remembering the textue in the restaurant where I had first tried this dish.

    FYI if you can’t easily find potato starch, check out groceries that carry Passover items- this year they should begin stocking up in late Feb. and the beginning of March. Tuesday, April 23rd, the day after the end of Passover it will go on sale for at least half price, and be on clearnace soon afterward. It comes in an air tight canister, like breadcrumbs, so you can buy a couple and they will keep over the year. It also may be found in the gluten-free sections of grocery and health food stores. Bob’s Red Mill makes it.

    My teenagers love it and I could not take them out to dine as often as they’s like to have this for dinner or snack. My son was in the car waiting/studying while I shopped and when he began to text impatiently about how long it was taking, I explained what I was doing- getting this recipe and the ingredients and he texted back O.K.- and stopped complaining!

    • Nami January 23, 2014, 10:54 pm

      Hi Esther! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story! How interesting that you met a chef in a supermarket. Very lucky. :) Yes, potato starch is a better choice for karaage and agedashi tofu etc. Gets really nice, crispy, airy texture.

      Thank you so much for the GREAT tip on shopping for potato starch!

  • ray April 30, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Love this tofu dish. Very simple, looks delicious and easy to make. Nice instructional video. Thank you.

  • donna mikasa April 30, 2014, 5:23 pm

    I didn’t know agedashi tofu was so simple to make, but I’ll bet it’s the dashi that makes the dish!

    • Nami April 30, 2014, 9:24 pm

      Hi Donna! Yes, a lot of people don’t want to deep fry, so it’s not commonly cooked at home, I guess? The tsuyu is the key indeed! Each family has different flavor (sweeter or saltier etc) so it’s something we can make it personalized. Thank you for your comment! :)

  • A_Boleyn April 30, 2014, 5:32 pm

    I very rarely cook with soft/silken tofu but I can just imagine the soft texture of this dish.

  • Minnie@thelady8home April 30, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Is there anything that you make that does not make the mouth water? Just awesome!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs April 30, 2014, 9:09 pm

    I love Mapo Tofu! We had a vegan version I make on Saturday. This looks terrific too — loads of flavor, and nice texture. I haven’t made this — I should. Great video! Really good stuff — thanks.

  • Hotly Spiced May 1, 2014, 12:40 am

    That’s a really beautiful looking vegetarian dish. I love tofu and cooked in this way is my favourite. It must be full of flavour with that gorgeous sauce. Outstanding presentation as usual, Nami xx

  • Muna Kenny May 1, 2014, 2:48 am

    Your clicks are beautiful Nami! I still to taste Tofu but I think I’ll look for the brand you used in this recipe and give it a try :)

  • Cooking Gallery May 1, 2014, 6:28 am

    I still remember when I commented on this post 2 years ago (wow)! And now it even features a video! You are such a hardworking blogger and an inspiration! I have been mostly MIA the past 1.5 years from the blogsphere unfortunately, but I am always in awe everytime I pop in here :)! I have been telling myself to update my blog and make a Frozen themed bento, since my little niece adores Frozen (and I suppose the same with your daughter :)?), but I haven’t done it yet till today :( – maybe in the next couple of days, since I am still wondering how to make this bento ;). Anyway, keep up the wonderful work! If anyone deserves success through blogging, it’s definitey you :)!!

  • Bam's Kitchen May 1, 2014, 6:46 am

    Nami-san, love your new logo! Your agedashi looks amazing and I so love this dish and now looking forward to making this at home. I have to admit I am not one who like to deep fry as you know you have the mess factor but for this dish it would be totally worth it. Have a super week. Ja Mata, BAM

  • Nolwenn May 1, 2014, 8:37 am

    Agedashi Tofu is my all-time favorite. I both make it at home and enjoy ordering it when at a Japanese restaurant. The contrast of the crispy outside with the soft inside and the tsuyu that soaks in… yum !
    I just hate frying :(

    • Nami May 5, 2014, 10:05 pm

      Hi Nolwenn! Yeah frying takes some effort. But for Agedashi Tofu, you can use a frying pan and shallow fry it with less oil. But the kitchen will still become smelly etc though. I prefer deep fried food with clean oil at home, so I just endure half day of smelly house. =P

  • Monica May 1, 2014, 9:06 am

    Personally, I love tofu as it is but you make everything extra delicious-looking, Nami. So right now…all I want is some agedashi tofu!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness May 1, 2014, 10:51 am

    This must be super delicious! If all tofu dishes are like this, everyone will eat them all day! Gotta try. :)

  • Doreen May 1, 2014, 11:07 am

    Hi Nami,
    My second son is also crazy about this agedashi tofu too.. He will be so happy if I could cook for him. Now with your video clip and recipe I definitely can do it :)
    Between I have cooked your Chicken meatballs recipe, my family loves it! Will share in my blog soon.
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful video clips and recipe :)

    • Nami May 5, 2014, 10:09 pm

      Hi Doreen! So glad to hear your family enjoyed Chicken Meatballs recipe! :) Thanks for watching the videos too. xoxo

  • Katerina May 1, 2014, 11:43 am

    After watching Kung Fu Panda, my son has become a big fan of tofu. This is one recipe he would love to eat! Marking this!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 1, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Ha finally a recipe I know, order and have made. I love this stuff and I will try your recipe, the one I did was a bit different and yours looks so pretty!

  • Amira May 1, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Nami, this looks great. My 11 years old son was just asking me what is tofu and he wants to taste it. I’ve never tried it before and seems that I’ve got a wrong impression from one of my friends that it is not tasty :(. I guess this recipe will appeal to my kid who loves anything friend.

  • Juliana May 1, 2014, 1:57 pm

    I love agedashi todu, but never made it…thank you so much for the recipe Nami…looks delicious!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

  • Judit | Wine Dine daily May 1, 2014, 4:12 pm

    Nami, you are artist! This tofu dish looks so beautiful and elegant with the delicate daikon radish on top. Thank you for the helpful video you made frying tofu look so easy.

  • Ramona May 2, 2014, 4:11 am

    I may even get my husband to try tofu if he eats it like this. :) Looks wonderful. :)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 2, 2014, 7:42 am

    I like the addition of the video. After looking at any of your videos I’m not so afraid of trying something so different. It looks beautiful!

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen May 2, 2014, 9:24 am

    Sounds wonderful! I’m so curious to see if it’s on the menu at the Japanese restaurant we go to. Going to check it out!

  • Choc Chip Uru May 2, 2014, 2:07 pm

    I am a big fan of any tofu, delicious recipe :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Lynna May 2, 2014, 2:55 pm

    I love Asian tofu recipes. Chinese and Taiwanese have recipes similar to this, that I absolutely love. So, I`m pretty sure I’ll love this too!

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  • Maggie May 3, 2014, 6:02 am

    The fried tofu looks wonderful! I love this dish and I tried to cook it couple of times, but always end up with broken tofu or not well coated surface. I always use cornstarch, but next time I will try potato starch and see whether it will turn out better.

  • Mich Piece of Cake May 4, 2014, 7:12 am

    I’ve always wanted to make this but fear deep frying! I should probably invest in a air fryer which doesnt use oil.

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen May 4, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I always come across Agedahsi Tofu when we eat at Japanese restaurants. You make it seem like its very easy to do!

  • Raymund May 6, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Nice and simple! I love those chunky slices of tofu, I usually make them into small cubes

  • Sissi May 6, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Agedashi tofu is one more Japanese dish I have never tasted. It was a big mistake I must repair soon because your beautiful snack looks so tempting, I would exchange it for any meaty one (and I’m a big carnivore!).
    Thank you for one Japanese cooking class I will practice soon.

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking May 7, 2014, 8:56 am

    Fabulous both recipe and video…oh and pictures too! Got to make this soon!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen May 7, 2014, 9:11 am

    I’ll admit it: I’m not a fan of tofu, but I think I’d love this deep fried soft tofu.. looks amazing! And that sauce!!

  • rika@vm May 10, 2014, 3:09 pm

    I am enjoying all of your Japanese recipes and happy to see a vegetarian option on your recipe! I used to like Agedashi Tofu way back then, but now I want to eat this! I need to look up kombu dashi on your blog to make it. Thank you for all of your hard work putting step-by-step photos on it….you are amazing!

  • mjskit May 14, 2014, 8:38 pm

    I’m much more of a tofu fan than Bobby but we both love it fried like this. I know this would be a snack that would be a huge hit in this house! This being your son’s favorite is definitely a huge selling point. :)

  • Casey May 27, 2014, 7:35 am

    Probably not traditional Japanese but I added the juice of 1/2 a small lime to the broth for my Agedashi Tofu.
    Really brightened up the flavor but didn’t mask the other ingredients.

    • Nami May 28, 2014, 9:39 am

      Hi Casey! The addition of lime makes it really refreshing despite this is deep fried tofu! I’m glad you enjoyed this dish. :)

  • Natalie August 15, 2014, 1:57 am

    Hi Nami, I attempted to make this yesterday but failed miserably with the deep frying…. well that’s because I had only olive oil at home and didn’t want to waste too much of it for deep frying! So with the stingy oil and poor skills, my agedashi tofu turned out quite a mess. But the sauce and garnishing prettied up the dish and my husband still liked it. Will try with another type of dashi instead of ready made kombu dashi next time! This ready made brand seemed somewhat too salty…but comes in a convenient bottle. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Nami August 18, 2014, 10:24 pm

      Hi Natalie! Sorry to hear it didn’t work out. No, unfortunately, you can’t deep fry with olive oil. It’s much thicker and not appropriate for deep frying Japanese foods (and I think it’s more expensive, too?).

      I’m not sure which dashi (in a bottle) you used, but it’s quite easy to make homemade dashi and sauce for agedashi tofu. Good luck if you try this recipe one more time! :)

  • vegetarian recipes October 10, 2014, 4:15 pm

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or
    did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my
    own blog and would like to know where u got this
    from. many thanks

    • Nami October 12, 2014, 10:13 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I work with the designer/developer to make this site. You can check their work and request for quote here: http://zelcreative.com/

      Hope that helps. :)

  • Sarah November 3, 2014, 11:50 am

    Hi Nami! I’m also making agedashidofu along with mapo tofu tonight for my daughter’s birthday. I read your intro about you making it for your son and had to comment! Thank you for your wonderful recipes.

    • Nami November 3, 2014, 1:27 pm

      Hi Sarah! You’re so sweet! Thank you so much for leaving a kind comment! Happy Birthday to your daughter and I hope she enjoys your wonderful homemade cooking! :) xo

  • Judy N December 31, 2014, 9:02 pm

    What kind of fryer are you using? Looks like its small with a hole for the thermostat and stove top. Japanese? It would be great for small portion frying. Love your blog. Thanks.

  • Libby Lizarraga March 21, 2015, 2:40 am

    This recipe is so delicious! I am a tofu lover and from your recipes too.

    I would like to print this recipe but does not allow me.

    Congratulations for your wonderful work.


    • Nami March 21, 2015, 3:51 am

      Hi Libby! I’m working with the recipe plugin developer to figure out the print failure issue. I will fix manually soon and let you know when I’m done so you can print out. So sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Nami March 24, 2015, 7:08 pm

      It’s fixed. Print should work now.