Crisp Deep-fried Tofu

Crisp Deep-fried Tofu

Coating the tofu twice in katakuriko makes them very crisp. I fry the tofu in a small amount of oil.

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Firm tofu
1 block
Shiso leaves
about 4 leaves
as needed
as needed


1. Drain the firm tofu. Line a plate with a paper towel, then place the tofu on top. Microwave for 3 minutes, change the paper towel, then microwave for 3 more minutes.
2. Cut the shiso leaves into thin strips and soak in a bowl of cold water.
3. Chop the tofu into 8 pieces (4 cuts vertically and 2 cuts horizontally). Sprinkle katakuriko over the tofu. Once the katakuriko has absorbed some of of the water, sprinkle more katakuriko.
4. Pour a small amount of oil into a pan and fry the tofu. Once the cubes of tofu begin to brown, flip them over.
5. Serve the tofu on a plate and thoroughly cover in mentsuyu. Garnish with the sliced shiso leaves.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to try a unique tofu recipe, so I tried making this. Once drained, the tofu crumbles easily, and it becomes very hot after frying, so handle it carefully.