Soft Simmered Inari With Sauce

Soft Simmered Inari With Sauce

How about this for a party? It's very filling but still healthy. And surprisingly easy too! Try it for New Year's, Girl's Festival, Children's Day and other parties.

Ingredients: 10 pieces

1 block
Small deep fried bean curd or koage
Hijiki seaweed
3 tablespoons
Ground meat
4 cm
Sauce ingredients:
Soy sauce
4 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
5 tablespoons
to taste


1. Get rid of the surface oil on the fried bean curd by boiling them for 1 to 2 minutes and draining them on a sieve until cooled. Wash the hijiki seaweed and rehydrate in plenty of water to cover until softened.
2. Put the tofu, hijiki seaweed, ground meat and finely julienned carrot in a bowl and mix well together with your hands in the same way you'd mix hamburger meat.
3. Add the flavoring ingredients - soy sauce, sugar, sake, and grated ginger - in a pan. Stuff the fried bean curd with the mixture from step 2 and line up the filled pockets in the pan. Start cooking over high heat, and when it comes to a boil lower the heat and simmer gently for about 10 minutes.
4. The pockets will become nice and puffy. Poke one of the pockets in the middle of the filling with a chopstick, and if the liquid runs clear they are done. Take the pockets out of the pan, leaving the cooking liquid.
5. Thicken the liquid with katakuriko dissolved in water (not listed). It'll be better if the sauce is a bit on the thick and creamy side.

Story Behind this Recipe

Small fried bean curd skins and tofu were cheap so I tried making this with them.