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Inari Age (Seasoned Fried Tofu Pockets)

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 pieces 1x


Inari Age are seasoned pockets of deep fried tofu used for making Inari Sushi, Kitsune Udon Noodle Soup and more! Learn how to make homemade inari age with this easy step by step recipe. 


Units Scale

Lightly Seasoned 

Richly Seasoned

  • 1 cup kombu dashi (240ml)
  • 3 tbsp sugar (36g)
  • 3 tbsp mirin (45ml)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (60ml)

Alcohol Free

  • 1 cup kombu dashi (240ml)
  • 4 tbsp sugar (50g)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (45ml)


  1. Add water to a pot, filling half way and bring to a boil.
  2. In the meantime, use a rolling pin and roll it over the aburaage. This will help the pouch open easier later. 
  3. Cut the aburaage pieces in half. You should be left with a total of 10.
  4. Add the aburaage to the boiling water and cover with a drop lid (otoshibuta). Boil for 3-5 minutes. This will remove the excess oil and ‘fried’ / freezer scent. 
  5. Pour it over a strainer and then rinse with cold water to cool. Squeeze the excess water out of the aburaage between the palms of your two hands. 
  6. Add the kombu dashi stock to a pot. Bring it to a boil and then add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Then add the aburaage and let it come back to a boil. Pour in the mirin and wait for it to come back to a boil. Pour in the soy sauce and once it comes back to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low. Put the otoshibuta on top and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove the pot from the heat, take off the otoshibuta and allow it to the pot. 
  8. Once cooled, gently and lightly squeeze between the palm of your hands. They should still remain juicy but not dripping in the liquid. Reserve the seasoning liquid as you will need it to make soba inari and inari sushi. 


  • Helpful Equipment: otoshibuta (drop lid), strainer
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: basics
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 55
  • Sugar: 3.3g
  • Sodium: 311mg
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1g
  • Fiber: 0.04g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: fried tofu pockets, inari age, aburaage