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Tahu Goreng Krispi (Indonesian Crispy Fried Tofu)

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Tahu Goreng Krispi is Indonesian fried tofu that is a staple in many Indonesian households. It’s cheap, delicious, and so addictive (in the best way!). This Tahu Goreng recipe is a classic, yet incredibly simple recipe that makes for an easy, ultra-crispy snack! You can also pair it with a bowl of steamed rice or noodles to make this a hearty meal.

I remember coming home from school and always finding tahu goreng on the table.

Tofu is one of the most popular sources of protein in Indonesia, and many other Asian countries too. The reason? It’s cheap, delicious, and versatile!

While there are seemingly endless ways to prepare tofu, the most popular (at least in Indonesia) is to fry them to make tahu goreng!

In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make ultra-crispy Indonesian fried tofu. Let’s start!

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What You Need to Make Tahu Goreng Krispi

  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed and cut into bite-sized squares
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Oil, to fry

For the seasoning marinade:

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 6 1/2 Tablespoon warm water

To serve:

How to Get Perfectly Crispy Fried Tofu

The key to getting perfectly crispy tahu goreng every time is to thoroughly drain your tofu. I use a tofu press, but you can also just line the tofu with a clean towel and use a few heavy plates to “press” the liquid out.

The drier your tofu is before frying it, the crispier your tahu goreng will be.

We also use a combination of flour and cornstarch in this recipe to give the tofu that extra crispy outer layer that takes up the crispy deliciousness to a whole new level!

How to Make Tahu Goreng

  1. In a large shallow bowl, mix together all the seasoning marinade ingredients. Add in the pressed tofu cubes and cover them thoroughly in the prepared marinade mixture. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl. Whisk together to combine.
  3. In another small bowl, whisk the egg.
  4. Working one at a time, add in the marinated tofu into the whisked egg bowl, then transfer to the flour mixture bowl. Make sure to roll the tofu around both the egg and flour mixture so all the sides are evenly covered.
  5. Heat a large frying pan (or deep fryer) on medium heat. Add enough oil to cover the tofu completely.
  6. Once oil is hot, carefully add in the prepared tofu cubes and cook until the tofu turns golden brown and crispy on all sides.
  7. Remove the tofu with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large plate covered in paper towels (to allow excess oil to drain). Repeat with the remaining tofu cubes.
  8. Tahu goreng krispi is best eaten fresh. We like ours paired with homemade sambal oelek, kecap manis, hot chili aioli, or spicy mayo. ENJOY!

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Tahu Goreng Krispi (Indonesian Crispy Fried Tofu)

DWELL by Michelle
Tahu Goreng Krispi is Indonesian fried tofu that is a staple in many Indonesian households. It's cheap, delicious, and so addictive (in the best way!). This Tahu Goreng recipe is a classic, yet incredibly simple recipe that makes for an easy, ultra-crispy snack! You can also pair it with a bowl of steamed rice or noodles to make this a hearty meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Indonesian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 118 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 block extra-firm tofu , pressed and cut into bite-sized squares
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • Oil , to fry

For the seasoning marinade:

  • 4 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • Salt , to taste
  • tbsp warm water

Instructions
 

  • In a large shallow bowl, mix together all the seasoning marinade ingredients. Add in the pressed tofu cubes and cover them thoroughly in the prepared marinade mixture. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pepper into a medium bowl. Whisk together to combine.
  • In another small bowl, whisk the egg.
  • Working one at a time, add in the marinated tofu into the whisked egg bowl, then transfer to the flour mixture bowl. Make sure to roll the tofu around both the egg and flour mixture so all the sides are evenly covered.
  • Heat a large frying pan (or deep fryer) on medium heat. Add enough oil to cover the tofu completely.
  • Once oil is hot, carefully add in the prepared tofu cubes and cook until the tofu turns golden brown and crispy on all sides.
  • Remove the tofu with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large plate covered in paper towels (to allow excess oil to drain). Repeat with the remaining tofu cubes.
  • Tahu goreng krispi is best eaten fresh. We like ours paired with homemade sambal oelek, kecap manis, hot chili aioli, or spicy mayo. ENJOY!
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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t have a deep fryer so I used my airfryer (less oil anyways) and was very pleased with the flavor. A very good way to use up tofu!