Homemade Atsuage

Fried Tofu

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves:

    2–4

Appears in

Japanese Food Made Easy

Japanese Food Made Easy

By Aya Nishimura

Published 2020

  • About
Preparation: 20 Minutes
Cooking: 15 Minutes

Although you can buy atsuage (chunky fried tofu) in some supermarkets and health-food stores, I have found that the atsuage from Asian grocery stores is of better quality.

Ingredients

Fresh

  • 640 g (1 lb 6 oz) firm tofu (also called momen tofu), cut into 8 large cubes
  • 200 g (7 oz) cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of fresh ginger, finely grated

Pantry

  • 3 cups (750 ml) sunflower oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 large pinches of sea salt

Method

Wrap the tofu in a clean, thick, cotton tea towel and place it on a baking tray for some of the excess liquid to drain away.

Heat the sunflower oil in a deep saucepan over medium–high heat until it reaches 180°C (350°F).

While the oil is heating, prepare the sauce. Mix the tomatoes, ginger, olive oil, soy sauce and salt together in a small bowl.

Deep-fry two to three tofu cubes at a time for 3 minutes until golden brown. Turn every few minutes to get an even golden colour on each side. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lift out the tofu and drain on paper towel.

Serve the tofu hot with the tomato and ginger sauce (grated daikon radish and soy sauce also works very well).