How to make Vegan Tofu Karaage


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These super crispy tofu karaage bites are the perfect starter to a Japanese dinner.

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Drizzle them with lemon or dip them in ponzu sauce and savour them whilst piping hot — simply irresistible.

Step 1

Rinse the tofu, squeeze it well and pat it dry. Then, dice it into bite-sized cubes and use a knife to round off the edges for a more organic look.

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Step 2Part 1

For the marinade, combine grated ginger, minced garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Step 2Part 2

Coat the tofu with the marinade and let it soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge.

Step 3

Roll the tofu cubes in a bowl with starch until they're coated.

Step 4

In a pot, heat frying oil to 170°C (340°F), add in 4 tofu pieces and fry them for 1.5 to 2 minutes.

Step 5

Once lightly golden, remove the nuggets and transfer them onto a rack lined with kitchen paper.

Step 6

Increase the oil temperature to 190°C (375°F) and fry the tofu karaage a second time for 1.5 minutes to 2 minutes.

Step 7

Transfer the tofu karaage onto a rack lined with kitchen paper and serve warm with lemon wedges and ponzu sauce for dipping.

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