All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Atsuage no guriru / grilled deep-fried tofu

Grilled and deep-fried...? Well, not exactly. An easy, satisfying tofu dish.


2 atsuage deep-fried tofu
1 knob ginger
2 green onion
1-2 tsp soy sauce & dashi mix (equal parts; not in photo)


Thinly slice green onion, and grate ginger.


Prep-boil atsuage, and grill at 430-450 F (220-230 C) until surface is crispy.


Cut atsuage into six or eight (bite-size pieces), place on plate, and garnish with green onion and ginger.

Pour soy sauce & dashi mix immediately before eating. 

  • Japanese-style atsuage made of soft tofu works best. Atsuage (fried tofu) from Northwest Tofu in Seattle (also available at Uwajimaya in Seattle, Central Market in Poulsbo) is my choice in our area.
  • Very thinly (1mm) sliced green onion goes very well with the soft texture inside atsuage. Thicker slices would be too pungent and taste almost gritty in the mouth for this dish. If using tender chives, chop into maximum of 5-7mm.
  • If dashi is not at hand, dilute soy sauce with water. Soy sauce alone works fine, but take care with the salty flavor and sodium content of other dishes.

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