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deep-fried tofu pouch

  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 270 kcal
  • Total Time: 2 h 25 m
    • Prep: 2 h 5 m
    • Cook: 20 m
  • Japanese: Abura-age
Deep-Fried Tofu Pouch


  • 1 block tofu
  • 100 ml salad oil
  • suitable amount soy sauce (optional)
  • suitable amount grated fresh ginger (optional)
Step 1

step 1:

Put the tofu on a tray. To drain water from the tofu, first put a plate over it. Then, put a heavy thing (about 500 g, such as a book, 450 ml plastic bottled drink, etc.) over the plate . Let sit for about 2 hours.

Step 2

step 2:

Place a knife 1 cm. down the side of the block and slice across. Again place the knife another 1 cm. down the side and slice across to form three slices.

Step 3

step 3:

Heat the oil to 150°C and deep-fry the three tofu slices for 10 minutes. Deep-fry the opposite side for about 7 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on a rack.

Step 4

step 4:

Slice the deep-fried tofu pouch (abura-age) across into about 1.5 cm. strips.

Step 5

step 5:

(Optional) This can be served in two ways. Either sprinkle the tofu with the grated ginger and pour soy sauce over it. Or, serve the grated ginger and soy sauce in a separate small dish. Dip the abura-age into the dipping sauce as you eat it.



This delicious dish has the taste of soybeans. Although it is deep-fried, it is light. It can be used in miso soup, simmered dishes, etc. If used, the ginger and soy sauce suits the deep-fried tofu pouch (abura-age) very well.