Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Tofu Recipe

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This Teriyaki Tofu Recipe makes for a healthy and satisfying main dish, with the crispy tofu complementing the savory and sweet teriyaki sauce. Learn how to make it!

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Japanese teriyaki tofu and mushrooms

If you’re a fan of tofu, you’re sure to love this teriyaki tofu recipe! The combination of savory and sweet teriyaki sauce coating the pan-fried tofu is a perfect match!

And if you enjoy steamed rice, be sure to serve it alongside this dish for a complete and satisfying meal!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese tofu dishes.
  • You are looking for teriyaki tofu recipe.
  • You are looking for a vegan tofu recipe.

All right, I’m gonna show you how to make it with easy steps. If you want to check the recipe, please jump to the recipe card below. Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Simple Japanese tofu dish
  • Easy pan-fried teriyaki tofu recipe
  • Mushroom topping
  • Vegan teriyaki tofu

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for Japanese teriyaki tofu and mushrooms
  • Tofu: I recommend using firm tofu (momen) and pressing it to remove excess moisture for at least 30 mins. Click here to check how to press tofu. See more below.
  • Mushrooms: You can choose any mushrooms you like. I use shimeji, shiitake, and eringi in this recipe. See more below.
  • Mirin and soy sauce for making Teriyaki sauce: Some teriyaki sauce recipe calls for sake and sugar, but I like this simple method with mirin (sweet rice wine) and soy sauce. See more below.
  • Flour: Any flour is ok. You can use corn starch or potato starch also.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Scallion or green onions for topping
  • Oil for cooking: Olive oil, vegetable oil, or any other oil you choose.

Tofu

Firm momen tofu
Firm Tofu

When purchasing a block of tofu at a store, you’ll find two varieties: silken tofu and firm tofu.

Silken tofu (Kinu) has a soft and delicate texture that is due to its high water content, which makes it easy to break apart. On the other hand, firm tofu (Momen) has a denser texture and a slightly richer taste.

The firm tofu or extra-firm tofu would be a better choice for this teriyaki tofu recipe as it holds its shape better. Then you will have to press the tofu block to remove the excess water and achieve a firmer texture.

Teriyaki Sauce

You can make your own teriyaki sauce easily with just two ingredients, mirin, and soy sauce. This sauce is thin as it is; however, coating tofu in flour and cooking it in teriyaki sauce will thicken the sauce and create a flavorful glaze for the tofu.

Mirin is a sweet rice wine that adds a natural sweetness to savory teriyaki sauce, which I like the moderate sweetness. However, if you prefer sweet and sticky teriyaki sauce, you can add brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to your taste. Just keep in mind that adding sweeteners will make the sauce sweeter and thicker, so adjust accordingly.

Mushrooms

Japanese mushrooms
Japanese mushrooms

Mushrooms can be a great addition to teriyaki tofu and add a nice firm texture to the dish. We will cook them separately and add them to the finished dish.

Shiitake mushrooms are an excellent option for their deep, rich flavor, but you can use any mushroom that you like.

If mushrooms aren’t to your liking, you can easily substitute them with bok choy, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, or snow peas.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

🔪Instructions

Let me walk you through how to make it. Click here to watch the teriyaki tofu recipe video.

How to make Japanese teriyaki tofu and mushrooms
  1. Chop scallions
  2. Cut mushrooms: Cut mushrooms into bite sizes.
  3. Cut tofu: Press tofu to remove the water and cut tofu into 1 cm/0.5 inches width.
  4. Stir-fry mushrooms: Pour oil into a frying pan, stir-fry mushrooms over medium heat until tender, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer them to a plate.
How to make Japanese teriyaki tofu and mushrooms
  1. Pan-frying tofu: Add oil to a large skillet, place tofu coated with flour, and pan-fry them for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Pan-frying tofu: Flive them over and pan-frying for another 2 minutes over medium heat until crispy and golden brown. Transfer them to a plate.
  3. Teriyaki sauce: Add mirin and soy sauce to the pan, and bring to a boil. (Check the taste, and feel free to add some sugar if you want it to be sweeter.)
  4. Combine with sauce: Put the cooked tofu back in, stir with the teriyaki sauce, and turn off the heat. 

Serve

Japanese teriyaki tofu and mushrooms

Serve the teriyaki tofu on a plate, place cooked mushrooms, top with chopped scallion, and enjoy!

Storage

Transfer teriyaki tofu to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. Good for 2 to 3 days.

What to Serve With

Serving the crispy teriyaki tofu with steamed rice is my recommendation! It’s a great way to turn it into a delicious and satisfying rice bowl! Here are some ideas:

Flavor Variations

  • Garlic Powder: Enhance the savory profile by mixing garlic powder in the coating flour or sprinkling it over the block of tofu before pan-frying.
  • Ginger: Add freshly grated ginger to the teriyaki sauce for a zingy and aromatic flavor.
  • Rice Vinegar: Mix rice vinegar into teriyaki sauce for a refreshing and zesty note.
  • Citrus: Squeeze a splash of fresh lemon juice or orange into the teriyaki sauce for a bright element to the sauce.
  • Coconut Sugar: Add coconut sugar to teriyaki sauce for natural caramel-like sweetness.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup: Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to the teriyaki sauce. It will add a touch of natural sweetness and complement the savory elements.
  • Sesame Seeds: Garnish cooked tofu with sesame seeds for added texture and nutty flavor.

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Teriyaki tofu and mushrooms on a plate with chopsticks

This easy and healthy tofu dish is great for a quick weeknight dinner or lunch. I hope you and your whole family will enjoy this teriyaki tofu recipe!

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Japanese teriyaki tofu and mushrooms

Easy 20-Minute Teriyaki Tofu Recipe

5 from 3 votes
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
This Teriyaki Tofu Recipe makes for a healthy and satisfying main dish, with the crispy tofu complementing the savory and sweet teriyaki sauce. Learn how to make it!

Equipment

  • 1 Frying pan , 22 cm (8.7 inches)

Ingredients

  • 300 g Tofu
  • 200 g Mushrooms of your choice
  • pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Oil for cooking
  • 1 Scallion, topping

Teriyaki sauce

  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce

Instructions

  • Press tofu: Press tofu for 30 minutes to one hour and drain the water.
  • Cut ingredients: Cut mushrooms into bite sizes, cut tofu into 1 cm/0.5 inches width, and chop scallion.
  • Stir-fry mushrooms: Pour oil into a frying pan, stir-fry mushrooms over medium heat until tender, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer them to a plate.
  • Pan-fry tofu: Add oil to the pan, place tofu coated with flour, and pan-fry both sides for 2 mins each over medium heat until crispy. Transfer them to a plate.
  • Teriyaki sauce: Add mirin and soy sauce to the pan, and bring to a boil.
  • Combine with sauce: Put the tofu back in, stir with the teriyaki sauce, and turn off the heat. 
  • Serve: Serve tofu on a plate, place stir-fried mushrooms on top, and sprinkle chopped scallions.

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Notes

  • Storage: It will last in the fridge for 3 days.
  • Substitute: You can substitute flour with potato starch or corn starch.
  • We use firm tofu (momen) and press it to remove extra water for at least 30 mins. If you don’t know how, please check: How to press tofu.
  • You can choose any mushrooms you like. I use 1 pack of Shimeji mushrooms (100g), 4 Shiitake mushrooms (60g), 1 Eringi mushroom (40g) in this recipe.
  • If mushrooms aren’t to your liking, you can easily substitute them with bok choy, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, or snow peas.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.8g | Protein: 9.7g | Sodium: 234mg | Sugar: 3.2g
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Teriyaki tofu and mushrooms, vegan
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