Hot Japanese Tofu Yudofu

Love Japanese tofu recipes? Silky smooth and a great source of protein, this Hot Japanese Tofu recipe, also known as Yudofu, is boiled tofu in umami dashi broth and topped with green onions and bonito flakes.  It’s full of umami flavor and makes a perfect appetizer or side to any Japanese meal!

This boiled tofu dish is light in flavor and very easy to make.  In fact, a novice cook can make this with very little effort.

The flavor of yudofu is light with a subtle umami flavor that keeps you coming back for more and the texture is unbelievable smooth!  One of the most delicious and simplest tofu recipes out there!  Perfect for low carb, keto, vegan and gluten-free diets.

Japanese style hot tofu yudofu served in a soy sauce dashi broth being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

What is Japanese Boiled Tofu, also known as yudofu?

Boiled tofu is topped with Japanese dashi, ponzu, ginger, green onions, umeboshi and bonito flakes. A healthy protein rich side dish or appetizer.

Yudofu is similar to agedashi tofu except that yudofu is boiled and agedashi is fried.

What ingredients do I need and what are the instructions in boiling tofu ?

  • Tofu – use soft or silken tofu, found in most Asian supermarkets.
  • Dashi – a soup base broth made from boiling bonito flakes.  This is the base responsible for giving Japanese cuisine it’s signature umami flavor.
  • Ponzu – a citrus flavored soy sauce found in most Japanese supermarkets.
  • Ginger – grated using a hand grater or cheese grater.
  • Umeboshi – salted pickled plums popular in Japanese cuisine.  They are salty, tart, with an umami flavor and can be found in Japanese supermarkets and most Asian supermarkets.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped used for topping.
  • Bonito Flakes – made from shaved dried bonito fish.  Commonly used to make broth and responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor.

Boil tofu in water for 5 minutes.  With a slotted spoon, transfer tofu to a serving bowl and add, dashi broth, ponzu and top with ginger, green onions, umeboshi, and a pinch of bonito flakes.

Bottle of ume paste with real umeboshi to be used in a hot Japanese tofu yudofu recipe.

What is Japanese tofu?

Tofu is made from soybean curds that have been pressed in blocks.  It is low in carbs, gluten free and low in calories. It also contains many vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Is Japanese tofu healthy?

Tofu’s health benefits have been a topic of debate.  Some claim it causes hormonal imbalances leading to certain types of cancer.

However, the scientific evidence is largely unfounded.  In fact, recent studies have shown that consuming tofu have many other benefits and may help reduce cancer in women.

Bowl of Japanese dashi broth to be used in a hot Japanese tofu yudofu recipe.

How to eat Japanese tofu?

There are many ways to eat Japanese tofu.  Some ways include:

  • Frying tofu to make agedashi.
  • Boiling tofu in water or dashi broth.
  • Stir fried with a protein and veggies.
  • Mabo tofu served over rice.
  • Hot pot (nabe) and shabu shabu.
  • Ingredients in soups like miso soup and tonjiru.

What is the nutrition information for this Japanese tofu recipe?

  • 78 Calories
  • 3g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 8g Protein
  • 4g Fat
  • 1mg Cholesterol
  • 178mg Sodium
  • 0mg Potassium
  • 106mg Calcium
  • 1mg Iron
  • 30ui Vitamin A
  • 1mg Vitamin C

Japanese style hot tofu yudofu served in a soy sauce dashi broth in a white bowl topped with ginger and green onions.

Did you have any other traditional Japanese recipes I can try?

Now, let’s get making this Japanese Hot Tofu Yudofu recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cook Time 10M
  • Total Time 15M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~1g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Prepare Dashi.

3) Cut Soft Tofu into desired size cubes.  In a stovetop pot, add enough water to cover the tofu and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add tofu and cook for 5 minutes.

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4) Grate ginger with a grater and set aside.

 

5) De-pit umeboshi, finely dice and set aside.

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6) Finely chop green onions and set aside.

 

7) Once tofu is done boiling, transfer hot tofu to a serving bowl.  Pour a spoonful of Dashi and Ponzu to liking, top with ginger, green onions, umeboshi, a pinch of Bonito Flakes.  Enjoy hot!

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Japanese style hot tofu yudofu served in a soy sauce dashi broth being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Hot Japanese Tofu Yudofu

Love Japanese tofu recipes? Silky smooth and a great source of protein, this Hot Japanese Tofu recipe, also known as Yudofu, is boiled tofu in umami dashi broth and topped with green onions and bonito flakes. It's full of umami flavor and makes a perfect appetizer or side to any Japanese meal!
5 from 9 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: boiled tofu, boiling tofu, Japanese tofu recipes, yudofu
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 78kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Soft Tofu
  • 1 Cup Dashi
  • 1 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1/4 Inch of Ginger topping
  • 1 Umeboshi topping
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion topping
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes topping

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Prepare Dashi.
  • Cut Soft Tofu into desired size cubes. In a stovetop pot, add enough water to cover the tofu and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add tofu and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Grate ginger with a grater and set aside.
  • De-pit umeboshi, finely dice and set aside.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
  • Once Soft Tofu is done boiling, transfer hot Soft Tofu to a serving bowl. Pour a spoonful of Dashi and Ponzu to liking, top with ginger, green onions, umeboshi, a pinch of Bonito Flakes. Enjoy hot!

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Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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