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Crispy Panko Fried Tofu with Sukiyaki Sauce

This crispy panko fried tofu served with sweet Sukiyaki sauce is quick and easy. Soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, this dish is simply irresistible!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: fried, panko, sauce, tofu
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 554kcal


Crispy Panko Fried Tofu

  • 500 g extra-firm tofu
  • 100 g panko
  • 250 mL milk (semi skimmed or whole)
  • 3-4 tbsp cornflour
  • 60-100 mL sunflower oil for frying
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin

Sukiyaki Sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


Crispy Panko Fried Tofu

  • Cut extra-firm tofu into equally-thick slices and use a kitchen towel to dry each slice from both sides (Place a paper towel at the bottom and one on top of each slice and place a heavy item on top, like a small skillet). Once dried well, cut tofu into equal-sized cubes (bite-size).
  • Place cornflour in a small bowl, milk in another bowl, and panko breadcrumbs with salt and cumin in another bowl. Dip each tofu cube into cornflour (coating well from each side), then into the milk, and finally into the panko mixture. Place coated tofu pieces on a plate.
  • Place sunflower oil in a small skillet, making sure to cover the bottom or slightly more (at least half the thickness of your tofu). Heat oil in a small skillet on high heat until it starts sizzling.
  • Carefully, place each coated tofu piece in sizzling oil using kitchen tongs (you may want to do this in batches). Cover the skillet, and fry for 2-3 minutes, until the bottom has turned golden brown. Turn tofu and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until golden brown throughout.
  • Remove from heat and place on kitchen paper to drain extra oil. Serve with Sukiyaki sauce and green onions.

Sukiyaki Sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat. Warm for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until brown sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and serve as a dipping sauce with fried tofu.


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 1675mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 4mg