Agedashi Tofu Baked in Toaster Oven (Gluten-Free)

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Agedashi Tofu Baked in Toaster Oven

I never make deep-fried food at home. It’s not that I don’t care for deep-fried food. While it’s true that it’s not very healthy to use a lot of omega-6 oil in your cooking, there are times I really crave for deep fried foods, such as shrimp and vegetable tempura, fish fry, and fried calamari. The main reason I never make deep-fried food is simply because I’m lazy and don’t want the fuss involved in deep-frying food.

Agedashi Tofu is one of my favorite deep-fried foods and I sometimes order it at a Japanese restaurant, so I came up with this recipe that doesn’t require deep-frying and is very easy and quick to prepare. You bake tofu in a toaster oven and after you are done, there is no cleanup required and your entire kitchen doesn’t smell like oil.

I admit that the taste and texture are not exactly the same as the deep-fried version, but it still satisfies your cravings and it’s a lot healthier and has much less calories.

Ingredients:

1 block tofu (I used organic sprouted tofu)
4 Tbsp potato starch (for coating tofu)
1 tsp dashi (soup stock base) (optional)
1 1/2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 Tbsp sake (optional)
1 inch-length ginger
3 inch-length daikon radish
2 green onions
2 tsp potato starch (for thickening the soup)
Nanami togarashi (optional)
Cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Place a block of tofu in a bowl and put a heavy weight on top for a few hours to drain water.
  2. Line a toaster oven pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray oil. Preheat the oven toaster to 450°F/225°C.
  3. Dice tofu into large chunks and coat them with potato starch.
  4. Bake tofu in the toaster oven for about 20 minutes until they are lightly browned.
  5. In a meantime, heat 1 1/2 cups of water in a small pan.
  6. Peel and grate daikon radish and ginger separately. Thinly slice green onions.
  7. Add tamari, dashi, sake (if using), and ginger to the hot water in the pan and stir. Reduce heat.
  8. In a small bowl, add 2 tsp of potato starch and 2 Tbsp of water and mix well to dissolve the starch.
  9. Add the starch mixture to the pan and stir. Turn off the heat.
  10. In a dish, place baked tofu and top with grated radish, green onions, and nanami togarashi (if using).
  11. Pour the soup. Infuse love and serve immediately.

Servings: 4

Comments

  1. Junko Takahashi says:

    I’ll try to make Agedashi-Tofu in your way. I agree that yours is healthier and easier than the ordinary one.

  2. Thank you! This looks great. How firm should the tofu be?

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