Tofu Donburi (Vegan Teriyaki Rice Bowl)

If you are looking for a hearty vegan dish, this Tofu Donburi is perfect! Savor the delightful combination of tofu, a delicious sauce, and rice for a satisfying meal!

Looking for tofu dishes? Try my Agedashi Tofu, Tofu Katsu, or Veggie Tofu Burger Recipe!

Tofu donburi served on a bowl.

Donburi, a beloved rice bowl in Japanese cooking, is a go-to for lunch and dinner. For vegans, our top recommendation is Tofu Donburi! Enjoy crispy fried tofu coated in a sweet and savory sauce atop freshly cooked rice—truly delicious! Give it a try!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

  • This recipe is easy to prepare, making it suitable for busy weeknight dinners.
  • The combination of rice, tofu, and flavorful sauce creates a comforting rice bowl.
  • You can easily personalize the dish by adding your favorite vegetables!

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Teriyaki Tofu Donburi:

Tofu donburi ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

  • Use either firm tofu (momen tofu) or extra-firm tofu because they hold their shape well during cooking and are easy to handle.
  • Potato starch adds a crispy texture to the tofu pieces. You can substitute it with corn starch, or all-purpose flour.
  • Vegetable oil for pan-frying tofu. Sesame oil works well, too.
  • Mirin, soy sauce, sake, and sugar for the homemade teriyaki sauce. You can substitute sugar with maple syrup or honey.
  • For serving, use Japanese rice, shredded nori, and vegetables. I chose roasted broccoli and carrots, but feel free to add onions, green peas, green onions, bell peppers, or any vegetables you love.

How To Make Tofu Donburi: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! You can go to the printable recipe card below for all the detailed ingredients and instructions.

Step 1:

How to make tofu donburi step by step.

Press the block of tofu and cut it into small chunks.

Step 2:

How to make tofu donburi step by step.

Coat each piece of tofu with potato starch and pan-fry until crispy.

Step 3:

How to make tofu donburi step by step.

Make teriyaki sauce and combine the crispy tofu with the sauce.

Step 4:

How to make tofu donburi step by step.

Assemble cooked rice, shredded nori, teriyaki tofu, and roasted vegetables in a serving bowl.

Tofu donburi served on a bowl.

Finally, garnish generously with sesame seeds on top of the tofu, and your teriyaki tofu bowl is ready to enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure to get rid of extra water from the tofu completely. This prevents it from being watery and helps it absorb the teriyaki sauce better. Follow a simple guide for pressing tofu.
  • You can adjust the teriyaki sauce to your liking; add more sugar and mirin for a sweeter flavor.
  • For the best experience, serve your teriyaki tofu on freshly steamed Japanese rice.

Storage and Reheating

Store any leftover teriyaki tofu in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within two days. When you’re ready to eat, heat it in the microwave.

Your Questions Answered

What can I serve with this tofu donburi recipe?

This recipe is excellent when served with Mushroom Miso Soup, Goma-ae, and Napa Cabbage Slaw.

What’s the difference between mirin and sake in the teriyaki sauce?

Mirin adds sweetness and glossiness to teriyaki sauce, while sake contributes depth; however, if unavailable, a mix of soy sauce, sugar, and water can serve as a suitable substitute.

Is there a gluten-free teriyaki sauce option?

Yes, substituting gluten-free soy sauce or tamari in this recipe for regular soy sauce makes it gluten-free.

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Tofu Donburi (Vegan Teriyaki Rice Bowl)

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Juri Austin
If you are looking for a hearty vegan dish, this Tofu Donburi is perfect! Savor the delightful combination of tofu, a delicious sauce, and rice for a satisfying meal!

Equipment

  • 1 Frying pan 26cm (10 inch)

Ingredients

  • 1 block Firm tofu, 350g
  • 3 Tbsp Potato starch
  • Vegetable oil, for pan frying

For The Teriyaki Sauce

For Serving

  • 2 servings Cooked Japanese rice
  • Shredded nori
  • Roasted or steamed vegetables
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare the Tofu: Place a heavy object on top of the tofu for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Cut the tofu into small pieces.
  • Pan-fry the Tofu: Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cover each tofu piece with potato starch and pan-fry until crispy. Flip them over to ensure both sides are nicely crispy. Transfer the tofu to a wire rack to drain the excess oil, once done.
  • Prepare the Teriyaki Sauce: In the clean frying pan, combine mirin, soy sauce, sake, and sugar for the teriyaki sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and blend the flavors.
  • Combine Tofu with Sauce: Return all the cooked tofu to the frying pan and coat it with the teriyaki sauce.
  • Assemble the Tofu Donburi: Serve cooked rice in a medium bowl, sprinkle shredded nori over the rice, and place teriyaki tofu on one side and roasted vegetables on the other. Garnish generously with sesame seeds.

Video

Notes

  • Storage: Store any leftover teriyaki tofu in an airtight container in the fridge and consume it within two days. When you’re ready to eat, heat it in the microwave.
  • Make sure to get rid of extra water from the tofu thoroughly. This prevents it from being watery and helps it absorb the teriyaki sauce better. Follow a simple guide for pressing tofu.
  • You can adjust the teriyaki sauce to your liking; add more sugar and mirin for a sweeter flavor.
  • For the best experience, serve your teriyaki tofu on freshly steamed Japanese rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: tofu donburi
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