Who doesn’t like curry? And who doesn’t like fried, crispy food too? Katsu is perfect to fulfil both of these cravings. Katsu, is actually a homophone of the verb katsu, so in Japan it has become a modern tradition to serve this dish to students before the night of a big exam or test. Why you ask? Because the verb katsu translates as to win or  to be victorious. So if you need some luck, or just want to win the lottery, why not try my Tofu Katsu today?



1 block of medium firm tofu


200ml Frank’s hot sauce
200ml dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried garlic granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper


6 eggs worth of egg replacer
100g panko breadcrumbs
1 cup plain flour
salt and pepper, to taste
vegetable oil for deep-frying


200g basmati rice, cooked
Japanese style curry sauce mix.



drain your tofu and lightly press it to remove any excess liquid.
put the marinade ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine.
slice your tofu into thin slices around 1 and a half cm thick
pour 1/3 of the marinade into a flat, tall sided dish. I use a square casserole one.
place the tofu into the marinade and pour over the remaining marinade making sure they are evenly coated
leave your tofu for 30 minutes to soak up all the delicious flavour


remove your tofu from the marinade. Mix your egg replacer in a separate bowl following the packet instructions
add this egg replacement mixture into the leftover marinade, mixing well and set aside for dredging
put the flour into another large dish and season to taste
add your panko breadcrumbs to another separate bowl
dip each piece of marinated tofu into flour, then into the dredging liquid then into the panko breadcrumbs. Make sure it’s evenly coated with no gaps. It helps to shake off any excess flour


heat plenty of vegetable oil in a large pan.
when hot, gently drop in the coated tofu and fry until golden and crispy. This will take around 2-3 minutes, but keep an eye on it.


tofu katsu recipe vegan meat free dairy free egg free


the herbs testimony:

Tofu katsu is perfect for warming the cockles and soothing the soul. The crispy breadcrumb coating, and the perfectly flavoured tofu inside is one of my favourite meals and I have had it frequently when it’s on the menu if we are out. This version is much better, the tofu has more flavour, and is firmer too. I love it!