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Atsuage with Lots of Green Onions in Chili-style Sauce

Atsuage with Lots of Green Onions in Chili-style Sauce

Stir-fried green onions are packed with sweetness and umami! This dish is made with lots of sweet and sour ketchup sauce and sesame oil, and it tastes just as good as shrimp with chili sauce.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Atsuaage
1 piece
Green onion or scallion
1 - 2
Katakuriko (for dusting the atsuage)
as needed
★ Ketchup
1 tablespoon
★ Soy sauce
1/2 to 1 tablespoon
★ Sake and mirin
3 tablespoons
Sesame oil (for finishing)
1 tablespoon

Steps

1. Blanch the atsuage in boiling water to remove excess oil. Cut into bite-size pieces and dust with katakuriko.
2. Heat a large amount of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Cook the atsuage until well browned. Remove from the pan.
3. Lightly salt the finely chopped green onions and stir-fry.
4. Add the atsuage and the ★ ingredients. Bring to a boil. Finally, drizzle in the sesame oil.

Story Behind this Recipe

Atsuage differs from tofu because it has less water content, and tastes rich since it's deep fried. It's a very convenient ingredient to use.
But it tasted rather bland on its own, so it goes well with strong flavors. Stir-frying green onions when they are in season improves the flavor so much, so I added them. If you add spicy flavorings, it's good served in a donburi bowl, over rice.