Ganmodoki Fritters from Tofu

Ganmodoki Fritters from Tofu

When tofu is on sale I tend to stock up on it, but the best-by date always seems to fly by! Dealing with a whole block can be a pain...unless you turn it into these ganmodoki fritters.


1 block
Japanese leek
1/2 stalk
about 30 g
Shiitake mushrooms (but for these I had maitake mushrooms)
2 to 3
Sesame seeds
to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons
Oil for deep frying
as needed


1. You can mix anything with the tofu, like burdock root, dried shrimp, chirimen jako, or whatever you have in your refrigerator.
2. Drain the water from the tofu. If you are in a hurry microwave for 2 minutes at 600 W! Crush the tofu with a fork...
3. Add the katakuriko, sesame seeds and egg and mix well.
4. Add the finely chopped vegetables and other things and mix in. Form into patties like small hamburgers, tossing it back and forth between your hands.
5. Deep fry the patties in 180°C oil.
6. I got 15 fritters out of 1 block of tofu. We had it with ponzu sauce! You can freeze them too!

Story Behind this Recipe

I had some tofu near its best-by date, so I added whatever I had on hand and made them into these ganmodoki fritters.