Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Sauce with green onions on top

Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Dipping Sauce

April is National Soy Foods Month, a month dedicated to encouraging people to enjoy the only plant-based protein that is a complete protein, containing all the same essential amino acids as animal proteins. So, if you’re looking to enjoy soy, this Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Dipping Sauce recipe has soy in two ways – tofu and the sauce – making it a great choice!

This is a quick gluten-free and vegan dish to serve as a snack or meal. Paired with Marukan’s Ponzu Soy Dressing with Yuzu Citrus to make a delicious dipping sauce, it is sure to be a favorite.

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Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Sauce on a serving plate garnished with green onion

5 from 5 votes
Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Sauce with green onions on top
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Gluten-Free Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Dipping Sauce

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 (14-ounce) block extra-firm tofu
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cold sparkling water
  • 6 tablespoons Marukan Ponzu Soy Dressing with Yuzu Citrus
  • 1 green onion , thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • ½ teaspoon white sesame seeds


  • Put a couple layers of paper towel on a cutting board, place the tofu on top, add a couple more layers of paper towel on top, place another cutting board on top and add something heavy such as a couple of soup cans. Let sit for 15 minutes to extract moisture. Pat dry. Cut tofu into 16 equal sized pieces.
  • Pour 2 inches of oil into a heavy pot and heat to 350 degrees. Have a paper towel lined plate nearby.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the sparkling stir well. Dip the tofu into the tempura batter and carefully lower into the hot oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to the paper towel lined plate.
  • Put ponzu sauce in a serving bowl, add a few pieces of the green onion and the sesame seeds. Garnish the tofu with the rest of the green onion and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Tofu Tempura with Ponzu Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 658mg27%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Marukan Soy Sauce Tempura Tofu
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