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Spicy Deep-Fried Tofu Salad

Updated on November 30, 2014

Easy and Delicious Recipe Using Deep-Fried Tofu

Not being much of a meat eater, I need to find different ways to get my protein and one of my favorite protein sources come from beans. I love beans in all its various forms, however preparing them takes time. When I'm short on time and patience, I reach for tofu. I like to use tofu in my cooking not only because it's easy to prepare, but also because it's really good for you.

This dish is perfect as a salad on hot summer days. However the best way to eat it is with a steaming bowl of rice. Add a bowl of miso soup and you have a perfect complete meal. This dish also works well as a side dish for all your favorite dishes.

Tofu : Health benefits, recipes and more

Did you know...

One 4 ounce serving of tofu contains 20% of the daily recommended protein.

aburaage recipe
aburaage recipe

Although this vegetarian dish is called a salad, it's best eaten with a side of fluffy white rice. Add a bowl of miso soup and you have a complete meal.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 20

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 block deep-fried tofu ( aburaage ) cut into small blocks
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 1 large tomato chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onion ( green onion )
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin ( 1/2 teaspoon sugar may be substituted )
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili bean paste

Instructions

  1. 1.Cut tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Slice cucumbers.Set aside.
  2. 2.Cut aburaage into bite-sized pieces. Grill in a toaster oven (regular oven or grill is fine) until crispy on the outside.
  3. 3. Mix together in a large bowl, soy sauce, vinegar, mirin or sugar, chili bean paste, grated ginger and grated garlic. Add chopped spring onion and set aside.
  4. 4. Add the aburaage and vegetables into the bowl and mix until coated well. Finally add sesame oil and toss. Serve.
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Lee Kum Kee Chili Bean Sauce (Toban Djan) (13 oz.)
Lee Kum Kee Chili Bean Sauce (Toban Djan) (13 oz.)

I've used this sauce in the recipe above. Add to dishes to add a little spice. Also great for stir-frys or making dips and dressings.

 

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Raw ingredients are aburaage(deep fried tofu), cucumber and a tomato.Chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.Slice the cucumbers.Boil the aburaage in boiling water for 1 minute to remove excess oil.Put aburaage onto paper towel to soak excess water.Pat the aburaage well with paper towel of excess water and oil.Cut aburaage into bite-sized pieces.Place aburaage blocks into a toaster oven or oven.Grill or toast until crispy on the outside.Put dry ingredients together with wet ingredients. Mix well and serve.
Raw ingredients are aburaage(deep fried tofu), cucumber and a tomato.
Raw ingredients are aburaage(deep fried tofu), cucumber and a tomato.
Chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.
Chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.
Slice the cucumbers.
Slice the cucumbers.
Boil the aburaage in boiling water for 1 minute to remove excess oil.
Boil the aburaage in boiling water for 1 minute to remove excess oil.
Put aburaage onto paper towel to soak excess water.
Put aburaage onto paper towel to soak excess water.
Pat the aburaage well with paper towel of excess water and oil.
Pat the aburaage well with paper towel of excess water and oil.
Cut aburaage into bite-sized pieces.
Cut aburaage into bite-sized pieces.
Place aburaage blocks into a toaster oven or oven.
Place aburaage blocks into a toaster oven or oven.
Grill or toast until crispy on the outside.
Grill or toast until crispy on the outside.
Put dry ingredients together with wet ingredients. Mix well and serve.
Put dry ingredients together with wet ingredients. Mix well and serve.

Benefits of Sesame Oil

sesame seeds
sesame seeds

I like to use sesame oils in my dishes for its distinctive and nutty flavor. Just a little goes a long way in giving your dishes that extra boost. Sesame seeds and oil have been used in countries throughout the world for their wonderful flavor and health enhancing benefits. It's especially a good oil to keep in your pantry. Due to its high antioxidants present in sesame oil, it is the least prone to turning rancid kept in the open.

In Japan, sesame oil is used in a variety of ways including making tempura. The best restaurants use sesame oil or a combination of sesame oil and vegetable oil for frying tempura. This gives tempura that distinct flavor found in many famous tempura restaurants throughout Japan. In regular households, sesame oil is mostly used to season food such as salads and stir-frys. A simple way to make a Japanese dressing is to mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, a little sugar and sesame oil.

Learn more about the benefits of sesame oil

Did you know...

Sesame oil is a great source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that is believed to help in lowering cholesterol.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is great to have in your pantry for many uses. It can be used for almost anything including salad dressings, dips and stir-frys. Not only is it delicious, it also comes with a host of health benefits.

Benefits of Sesame Oil

Great Tofu Recipes on Video

There are so many great recipes on the internet today using tofu. Watch some of my favorites to see how easy it is to use tofu for delicious and healthy recipes.

If you like spicy, this is for you. Perfect with a bowl of white rice or noodles. If you are watching your carb intake, this is a great dish.

This is perfect as a snack. It also works as a firm base for stir fries and other dishes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: You are so right about how tofu being so versatile. Thank you for reading!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Tofu can be prepared in so many ways, plus it comes in many textures. It can take on any flavor (from hot and spicy to sweet). It's a great source of protein (as you pointed out). Thanks for sharing such a quick and easy recipe.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinn

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      I love love love tofu. I like it in any way but I think I like that pizza one you made the best.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @samsmom7: That makes me really happy samsmom7. I hope you enjoy it!

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      samsmom7 4 years ago

      I am always looking for new salad recipes and just printed this one. Sounds delicious. Thank you!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @julieannbrady: Let me know how it turns out JaguarJulie. Deep fried tofu is really delicious. If you can't find them, you can deep fry the firm tofu you buy at the store. Just make sure to press the excess water out of them before putting into oil. Good luck!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks so much AilynK. Let me know how it turns out!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Honestly? I don't think I've had the right recipe yet for tofu -- I really think I need to try it spicy and deep fried!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      very cool recipe, i will try

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      You always make me hungry reading your lens. Great Lens and ideas.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @chardonnay1313: thanks chardonnay1313. I hope you enjoy the dish!

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      chardonnay1313 4 years ago

      Thank you for giving me another Tofu Recipe to add to my the list of Tofu that I like to make. Looks yummy.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @flinnie lm: Thanks flinnie. Please try it. It's really good!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like this tofu salad, look good.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Aww thanks so much! Really appreciate it. ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Drats, I am at my squidlike limit for today, but will return tomorrow to leave some squidluv!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks absolutely delicious!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @capritaylor: Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for reading!

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      capritaylor 4 years ago from Oklahoma, United States

      Looks delicious and healthy. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!