Here’s an easy Tofu Katsu recipe made with deep-fried breaded tofu schnitzel served with steamed rice, cabbage slices, and sweet and spicy sauce. It’s a perfect recipe for a delicious and savory vegetarian lunch or dinner with the whole family!
What is Tofu Katsu?
This Tofu Katsu is an easy and delicious tofu recipe that is made of tofu pieces dipped in milk-flour mixture, coated with panko breadcrumbs, deep-fried, and served with a sweet chili sauce and cabbage slices. In Japanese, katsu just means “cutlet”. It is a popular dish in Japan that can be served in different ways—using chicken, pork, beef, or tofu cutlets, deep-fried with panko breading, then served with Katsu curry sauce, or sweet and sour sauce, and napa cabbage slices. It’s a vegetarian-friendly fried tofu dish that is perfect for a healthy and satisfying lunch or dinner meal. It can be served with steamed rice, tossed noodles, or used as a crispy protein for sandwiches or burgers.
Try this easy tofu recipe at home and enjoy a delicious meal just like eating in a favorite Asian restaurant!
Health Benefit of Tofu:
- It enhances renal function.
- It is an essential source of protein.
- It helps lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
- It is an excellent source of
- It helps increase bone mineral density.
- It inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
- It alleviates menopausal symptoms.
Tips and Procedures:
- Feel free to add Japanese curry to make a delicious tofu katsu curry.
- You may add Worcestershire sauce for the savory sauce of this recipe.
- Paprika powder, garlic powder, and soy milk can be used for the flour mixture.
- Make sure to remove as much liquid as possible from the tofu before breading.
- Topping options: spring onion, sesame seed, sweet and sour sauce, and lime juice.
- For a vegan version, simply replace the egg with a plant-based egg and chickpea brine.
- You may serve this with sweet chili sauce, tonkatsu sauce, or any Japanese sauce of your choice.
- Storage: Place the leftover tofu katsu in an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator and consume within 1-2 days.
How to Make Tofu Katsu:
Listed below are all the ingredients you will need:
- tomato ketchup
- soy sauce
- chili-tamarind sauce
- all-purpose flour
- chili powder
- ground black pepper
- block tofu
- panko breadcrumbs
- vegetable oil
In a large saucepan, simmer tomato ketchup, soy sauce, chili-tamarind sauce, honey, and water for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour the simmered sauce on a ramekin and set it aside:
In a large bowl, combine milk, egg, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, chili powder, salt, and ground black pepper and mix well until fully incorporated:
Dip the tofu blocks in the milk-flour mixture, then dredge the tofu blocks into the panko breadcrumbs and shake excess breadcrumbs:
Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan to 345 degrees F. Then fry the tofu until golden:
Serve with steamed rice and garnish with cabbage slices:
Enjoy a healthy and flavorful meal with this crusty tofu katsu!
Frequently Asked Questions:
It is a balanced blend of carrot, tomato paste, applesauce, onion, and traditionally brewed Kikkoman soy sauce.
It is best to use firm or extra firm tofu in this recipe.
Place the breaded tofu slices evenly onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip each tofu.
- ⅓ cup tomato ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons chili-tamarind sauce
- 1 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup milk
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 8 oz block tofu, cut in half
- 4 oz panko breadcrumbs
- 16 oz vegetable oil
- In a large saucepan, simmer tomato ketchup, soy sauce, chili-tamarind sauce, honey, and water for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Pour the simmered sauce in a ramekin and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, combine milk, egg, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, chili powder, salt, and ground black pepper and mix well until fully incorporated.
- Dip the tofu blocks in the milk-flour mixture, then dredge the tofu blocks into the panko breadcrumbs and shake excess breadcrumbs.
- Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan to 345 degrees F
- Then fry the tofu until golden.
- Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Serve the tofu katsu with a delicious sweet & spicy sauce.