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Low Carb Tofu Pizzas

Updated on October 7, 2014
Healthy Aburaage Pizza
Healthy Aburaage Pizza

Everybody Loves Pizza

Pizzas are one of my favorite foods in the world.Not only is it easy and convenient to eat, the combination of chewy dough, tomato sauce and cheese is something most can't resist. For those of us who live a low-carb lifestyle, pizzas are the last thing that should be on our minds. There are fake breads and other things on the market but they usually cost a lot of money or made with things that are unnatural or just taste bad.

In Japan, we've been using the deep-fried tofu pouches or aburaage for centuries. It can be used in many dishes and even made into sushi such as the inari sushi. However many Japanese like to make pizza out of them and they just happen to be low carb.

*Photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

Using Deep-Fried Tofu or Aburaage

Deep-Fried Tofu Pouches
Deep-Fried Tofu Pouches

Let's Get Started!

Here is a great recipe for a low carb pizza that's easy to make and delicious! Most low carb pizza recipes call for a meat base. However this is an alternative for those who are either vegetarians or are just trying to cut back on meat consumption. I personally don't eat a lot of meat so this works great for me.

The main ingredient in this version of a low carb pizza is using aburaage, which are deep fried tofu pouches. Aburaage are sold in varying thickness depending on the brand but I suggest using the thinner versions. They provide a crispier base and the flavor of the tofu is almost non-existent, letting you fully enjoy the flavor of the pizza itself.

Aburaage is a Japanese food product made from soybeans. It is made by cutting tofu into thin slices and deep frying first at 110~120 °C then at 180~200 °C again. In Japan, aburaage is often used to make inari-sushi or added to miso soup. It is also added to udon noodle dishes which are called kitsune-udon because of legends that foxes like deep-fried tofu. Aburaage can be purchased at most Japanese or Asian supermarkets.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 15

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouches) x 4
  • 4 tablespoons pizza or pasta sauce (preferably with no sugar)
  • 4 tablespoons grated cheese
  • Your favorite toppings such as chopped mushrooms
  • sliced tomatoes or other vegetables

Instructions

  1. 1.Spread a tablespoon of spaghetti or pasta sauce on the aburaage pieces.
  2. 2.Top with grated cheese and your preferred toppings. You may sprinkle the pizzas with some dried or fresh basil if you like.
  3. 3. Place your pizzas in an oven or toaster oven. Cook on medium-high heat until cheese melts and the top is a nice toasted color.
  4. 4.Gently place the aburaage pizzas on a plate and serve immediately.
  5. The pizzas are best eaten right out of the oven while the aburaage is still a little crispy. After a few minutes, they will start to become soggy.
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Creative toppings

Avocade and Cream Cheese Pizza Using Aburaage
Avocade and Cream Cheese Pizza Using Aburaage

You can use almost anything as a topping for the aburaage bases. Just remember to treat them as a thin-crust pizza as they are fragile than the thick crust kind. Here are some unique topping ideas you can try.

*Avocado and cream cheese

*Ham and pineapple

*Tuna, chopped green onions, miso, mayo and sliced nori ( no tomato sauce )

*Natto (fermented soybeans), chopped green onions and chopped nori ( no tomato sauce )

*Shrimp and clams

*Photo courtesy of http://www.beeboo.co.jp/

Creative Uses For Tofu

Replace the cream with tofu and use in dips

Make a mock egg salad with tofu

Cut into cubes, deep fry and sprinkle with salt for a healthy low-carb appetizer

This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--and Love Every Bite
This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--and Love Every Bite

I recommend this book for those that haven't aquired a taste for tofu yet. Lots of recipes to play aorund with.

 

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What Do You Think? - Are you a tofu fan? What's some of your favorite ways of eating tofu? Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Aww that's so nice of you to say.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I love all that I am learning from you. Tofu is something I hope to incorporate more into my meals. This is such a perfect way to make a healthy pizza option. Can't wait to see what you make next.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @grrbtn: thank you so much. Good luck on your weight loss goals grrbtn.

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      grrbtn 

      4 years ago

      Great idea for low card pizza. Pizza is one thing that I really miss on the low fat diet I am on. Some great ideas here, well done

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TransplantedSoul: Yes, it's almost like a meat so you can use it in so many ways. What's better is that tofu works in desserts too!

    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 

      4 years ago

      Tofu is very versatile. I love how it seems different in every dish!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @gadifi lm: thanks so much for visiting gadifi

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      gadifi lm 

      4 years ago

      great interesting lens great information

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @hptouchupdate: Oh yes I'm sure homemade sauce would be so much better. I'm just too lazy. lol. thank you for visiting!

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      hptouchupdate 

      4 years ago

      i make pizza's a lot and this looks like a great substitute. maybe instead of prego recommend making sauces :D. great lens!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @othellos: Thanks so much for your kind words. Hope you're having an awesome day!

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      othellos 

      4 years ago

      Unique pizza. I never thought I could have it this way... Very well done:=)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinn for your kind words. :)

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Like your lens !!!

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for updating this lens! I love the way you use the tofu, I never would have imagined so many ways were possible. Thank you!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Hey thank you you Minoru

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      loves tofu

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @BritFlorida: Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my lens. I hope your weekend is a fabulous one

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @jknake lm: Thanks so much jknake. I really do appreciate your comments.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @readty7: thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Truly appreciated. Cheers!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jogalog: Hi and thanks for visiting and commenting. I truly appreciate it Jogalog.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @marktplaatsshop: OH, you must try tofu! Thanks for visiting!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: melted cheese is awesome on this. Cheers!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @jamesgreenseo lm: Hi and thanks so much for visiting!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @KayRennie: Hi kayren. Sorry for the late response as I just realized that I could just reply to each comment on my lens. Silly me. Anyway, thanks so much for your comments on my tofu lens. I hope you're having a great day!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      This sounds WONDERFUL!

    • jknake lm profile image

      jknake lm 

      5 years ago

      I enjoy your recipes. I make Stromboli and I will try it with that.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      readty7 thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate it.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      thank you Jogalog for your comment. Yes aburaage taste absolutely great. Hmmm too bad I can't just send you some. :)

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      readty7 

      5 years ago

      Very nice your lenses and the pictures of your recipes are very beautiful

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      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I've never heard of aburaage and I don't eat tofu very often but these look great.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      marktplaatsshop yes please try tofu. You may find that you enjoy it. It's also very healthy. cheers!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Hi Vinn. glad you enjoyed it!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      jamesgreenseo thank you for visiting. gluten free dough sounds good too!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      hildiid, this is very easy to make. good luck and let me know if you need any help. hehe

    • marktplaatsshop profile image

      marktplaatsshop 

      5 years ago

      Looks great, I will try it though I never have had tofu, thanks for sharing

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 

      5 years ago

      Tried it with just melted cheese. Even that was amazing! Thanks smine27!

    • jamesgreenseo lm profile image

      jamesgreenseo lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens - want to try with gluten free dough!

    • hildiid lm profile image

      hildiid lm 

      5 years ago

      It looks delicious, I will try one, although I am not good cooker.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Kayren, thank you for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

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      Kay Rennie 

      5 years ago from Melbourne

      That's pretty unusual. Always looking for ways to make tofu more interesting. Thanks.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you Vinn. Glad you like it!

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 

      5 years ago

      I love this recipe.

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