Komatsuna and Deep Fried Tofu (Komatsuna to Aburaage no Nibitashi)

Komatsuna is a leafy Asian vegetable, historically only available in the winter months, but these days you can buy it in any season. "Aburaage" is Japanese for deep fried tofu and "nibitashi" means boiled, seasoned, and marinated. If you can not find komatsuna, try spinach—it also compliments this recipe.

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 bundle of Komatsuna
  • 1/4 lb aburaage (sliced into 1/2" pieces)
  • 1 tsp hondashi
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  1. Mix all spices (sugar, sake, saysauce, mirin and hondashi) and 1 cup of water then boil in a sauce pan
  2. When the sauce boils, add komatsuna and aburaage and cook until komatsuna becomes limp and soft
  3. Marinate for 10 minutes in the sauce and serve with a small amount of the marinade drizzled on top.

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