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Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.

Usually a chicken dish, this baked-not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.

Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.It is with my head hung in shame that I belatedly post this tribute to one of my favourite places on Earth, Japan. After promising late last year that I would give you a photo post, filled with funky-fab food, a rainy-day cat parade, exquisite 3-D latte art, eye-catching architecture, wondrous city gardens, the iconic Mt Fuji, and myriad other serene yet exciting things I experienced, I pop into your inbox with just a recipe.

But what a recipe.Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.Up there with crisp tempura, silky miso soup and dragon rolls in the popularity stakes, Japanese panko-crusted katsu curry is really quite easy. Not quick. No. But easy. It’s the homemade curry sauce that makes it.

I just had to bold that. 🙂

Although you could “cheat” and buy a ready-made Japanese or Chinese curry sauce, I would urge you to take the well-spent time to cook then, perhaps, sieve this sauce for an unbelievable lunch or dinner treat. The curry sauce is balanced, full of vegetables and no funny preservatives.

Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.My katsu curry is not a midweek meal, but it is good for a small gathering on a Saturday night, with maybe a warmed jug of best sake to celebrate getting through another week. Feel free to shortcut any appetizers or sides, but freshly-made rice and miso-slicked aubergine slivers go the extra mile to make this a very special meal. You could even pep up some cooked frozen veg with a splash of yuzu or a light dusting of shimichi togarashi. Then throw some mochi on the table for dessert, put your feet up and pat your tummy.

The first time I made this sauce was to pair with panko-dredged hake fillets, which I pan-fried in organic rapeseed oil to a golden brown. As I grabbed it with my chopsticks, the interior fell away in steamy, aromatic flakes and into the sauce-drenched rice: Japanese comfort food realised.

Usually a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.This organic tofu version gives you a baked and crispy jacket over a soft, slightly chewy interior. Total heaven.

If you are as inept with chopstick as I, hunks of tofu will fall into the saucy rice, subsuming the extra step of dipping before eating.

Subsume and consume to your heart’s content. Enjoy.

Usually a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.Instagram Giveaway!

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I scoured the markets for interesting bits to parcel up and send anywhere in the world to a lucky winner. Included from my perusal of kitchenware-heaven Kappabashi Street is a dinky wooden chopping board, tiny ceramic plate with painted rabbits, mini sushi rice mat and paddle, onigiri shapers, beautifully patterned cloths, as well as dried ume plums, yuzu powder, roasted tea, and of course, matcha. In all there are 18 items. Go over now to see how to win. The giveaway closes on February 27th at midnight, GMT. Good luck! Or should that be “Ganbatte ne!

Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.

Crispy Baked Tofu Katsu Curry

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Usually a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe. Enjoy! xx

350-400g firm organic tofu – see steps below to make it perfect for baking

2 tbsp plain flour (gluten-free is fine)

Teacup/1/2 cup aquafaba, lightly whisked or 1 large egg, beaten

1 cup panko breadcrumbs or home-dried, white crustless breadcrumbs

Japanese sansho pepper, ground OR Sichuan pepper (they are both tingly peppers) – optional

Oil for baking parchment, if you wish

Usually a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.Katsu Curry Sauce

1 tbsp oil

1 baking potato, diced to 1 cm square, or so

2 medium onions, skinned and chopped (finely if not sieving)

1 medium-sized carrot or parsnip, trimmed and diced

5 garlic cloves (3 if quite large), bashed, skinned and finely minced

2 cm piece of gingerroot or turmeric, chopped

1 tbsp flour

1 rounded tbsp best medium-hot curry powder

1 level tsp garam masala

800ml light vegetable stock or broth

1-2 tsp date syrup or honey (maple isn’t right here) OR 2 tbsp no-sugar applesauce!

1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1 rounded tbsp tomato ketchup

3 bay leaves

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tbsp rice vinegar or lime juice, to taste

Method

1. First, the tofu. Depending on the size and thickness, slice the tofu block in four rectangular slices (cut these in half again to make triangles) or eight square slices. Then, wrap pieces firmly in a tea towel and place on a cutting board or tray. Lay a couple of books on another tray and place on top of the tofu. This step is necessary to press out the water. Leave for half an hour out on the countertop. You could speed things up by applying pressure on the tray from your hands. Unwrap and slice each half into four triangles.

2. While the tofu is de-gorging, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over a medium flame. Tip in the onion, potatoes, carrots or parsnip, garlic and ginger or turmeric and saute for about five minutes.

3. Add the flour, curry powder and garam masala, and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Pour in the stock, date syrup, soy sauce and ketchup. Pop in the bay leaves. Mix everything lightly and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat to let the aromatic sauce simmer until thickened, stirring. This should take about 15 minutes. Add in the vinegar or lime and cook for one more minute. If you wish (I tend to), pass the chunky sauce through a large-holed sieve (not colander – too wide) into a clean pan and keep warm. Or mash the veg really well. Check for seasoning and adjust as needed.

5. Put the oven on to 180 fan/200C/400F. Line a baking tray with unbleached baking parchment and oil it if you wish.

Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.6. To finish prepping the tofu, sprinkle the flour and panko crumbs onto two separate plates. Pour the whisked chickpea water or beaten egg into a shallow bowl. I place my coating ingredients in the order of using: flour, liquid, crumbs.Usually  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.

7. Dip each tofu wedge into the flour, liquid then panko crumbs until well coated. If you want to use the Japanese pepper, sprinkle it on. Place the pieces on the tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping at the halfway point.

Serve with warm curry sauce (remove the bay leaves!), boiled rice (white or brown) and a selection of vegetables, or even a salad. I sauteed aubergine (eggplant) slivers, adding a spoon of brown miso and a squirt of lime towards the end. I also wilted some spinach and added a little tiny dash of perky, zesty yuzu juice (available online, Japanese grocery stores and in some Chinese grocers).

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Usually a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

 

 

25 thoughts on “How To Make Crispy Baked Tofu Katsu Curry {vegan recipe}

  1. mihrank says:

    this is so creative and healthy recipe to share- enjoyable!

  2. Hi, I’m looking for gluten free baked goods that actually taste good and are not too time consuming to make. Your recipes look so interesting! …definitely not run of the mill!

    1. Thank you! I’m not specifically gluten free here but I do have quite a lot, and most baked recipes have gluten free options if it tastes good that way and works 😊

  3. Mr A says:

    This recipe takes me right back to Japan. Fabulous work Kellie.

  4. superfitbabe says:

    Japanese curry is SO delicious! I haven’t tried it with baked-fried tofu, but it probably tastes amazing!

  5. mistimaan says:

    Just loved the recipe 🙂

  6. Janice Clyne says:

    This sounds amazing! I love your recipes Kellie, as well as being delicious, they are also extremely healthy! Can’t wait to try this! I have been smoking miso aubergine in my stovetop home smoker. It’s absolutely meltingly soft and so delicious with a real intense smoky flavour! It will be a perfect accompaniment to this recipe! 😀

  7. esha melwani nirmala says:

    Hi…love your recipes always. Does this sauce keep well?

    1. To be honest, I haven’t tried! It would certainly keep for about three days in the fridge with no deterioration. If freezing it I would use it within a month 😊😊

  8. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    Your “just a recipe” recipes are always exquisite. The plating of this curry looks restaurant worthy. And I’m sure the flavors match. Meals are so often about the finishing touches, and I love the addition of miso and lime and sauteed eggplant on the side. Good work Kellie!

  9. joan chickloski please use J-Chick says:

    The list of ingredients has a potato but no onion. The method tips in onion but not potato. ???

    1. Thanks so much! Ir e-read stuff a few times but this obviously slipped through. I’ve amended in time for dinner 🙂

  10. OMG Kellie this looks so good. You are so good with taking good photos ❤️ I have by the way got a new blog. Please check it out. It would mean the world to me. All my recipies are also in Englisg. Big hug 💚

  11. debbievarona says:

    Wow so yummy and easy to cook it.

  12. This looks amazing! Colourful, full of flavour and healthy, whats not to like! Im definitely going to make this, thank you for the recipe x

  13. This looks great! I will definitely make this, thank you so much!

    1. I’m so glad to read this. Thanks!

  14. LivingOnLeaves says:

    Wow this looks amazing!

  15. I always love your creative and healthy recipes, Kellie, and this one is no exception. Definitely not a weeknight meal for me these days, but something I’ll file away for a leisurely weekend in the coming weeks. That crispy tofu is calling my name!

    1. You have your own way with crispy tofu of course, but this is defs more of a weekend make, especially the sauce. But I do think you would love the sauce. Although it reads a bit strangely. Potatoes? Curry powder? Tomato paste?

  16. screwsazan says:

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  17. I think it will go nicely with ordinary tomato sauce also in case katsu curry sauce is skipped due to time constraint.

    1. Completely! That’s a great idea and one I might try myself. Could even add grated ginger and soy sauce to the tomato sauce too 🙂

  18. Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks so much for posting!

    1. I’m glad you like it, Nicky. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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