Easy Tofu Oyakodon

Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess

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By all accounts, only taking three classes this term should make this my easiest, most relaxed few weeks of school ever. Yet working part-time, freelancing some articles, traveling, planning more travel, and making cake for fun bachelorette weekends has made for week after hectic (but enjoyable) week, requiring quick and basic comfort–and preferably healthy–food. Functional food. But most preferably delicious. This oyakodon is pretty much literally a miracle 5-ingredient, one-pan weeknight dinner that fulfills all the above requirements. Five ingredients!

My interest in oyakodon was piqued over winter break when my mom and sister ordered oyakodon at a tiny Japanese corner store in Japantown. Since they only offered the traditional chicken and rice bowl, I shared a tempura shrimp rice bowl with my brother while eyeing their delicious-looking mess of egg and rice and soy sauce. When Cynthia shared her version of oyakodon right after New Years, it couldn’t have been better timing. I’ve made it seven times since and I’d like to believe this is more a testament to the dish’s delicious qualities over my lack of creativity due to brain-sucking distractions.

Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake PrincessTofu Oyakodon // The Pancake PrincessAfter making this so many times–and getting subsequently lazier and lazier and leaving out ingredient after ingredient, I ended up with this boiled down version that I keep coming back to–I think it’s just as tasty, and maybe somehow tastes better with just five ingredients and about 15 minutes of cook time? It yields a custardy pan full of a double dose of protein with soft eggs seeping into the crevices of crumbled tofu, laced with silky onions braised in a salty miso broth that goes most excellently on slightly charred toast. It’s just salty and satisfying and SO EASY.

Even though oyakdon is traditionally a rice bowl served with a chicken and egg mixture on top, I figured if I was deviating with tofu, why not deviate from the rice too? I ate this atop rice for dinner the first few times, but after discovering the combination of chilled, straight-from-the-fridge leftovers on sizzling hot toast, it’s become a toasty, savoy breakfast staple as well.

Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess
Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess
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Tofu Oyakodon

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 14-oz block tofu, crumbled
  • 3 eggs


  1. Dissolve the miso paste in 1 cup of hot water. Bring the miso mixture to a boil in a medium skillet along with the soy sauce. Add the sliced onion to the pan, then the crumbled tofu on top. Lower heat to medium and let onions and tofu simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Beat eggs gently for a few seconds so that yolks are broken up but egg whites are still visible. Drizzle 3/4 of the eggs over the tofu mixture, cover and cook for 1-2 minutes. Drizzle the rest of the eggs over and cook for another minute until just barely set. Serve immediately over rice or toast.


Adapted from the lovely Cynthia.

Tofu Oyakodon // The Pancake Princess

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12 thoughts on “Easy Tofu Oyakodon

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  2. Erica

    I want to try this soon, I love love love Japanese food! I’m especially interested in trying it out with the tofu, trying to incorporate more tofu in my life lately :)
    Pretty photos too Erika!! The toast photos are making me so hungry right now.

  3. laurasmess

    I love anything on toast. Especially if it’s got hot sauce or something spicy for a savoury breakfast. This totally wins the prize (which I haven’t thought of yet… my eternal love and affection?! LOTS of aquafaba? Let’s just say cookies..). Love how simple this recipe is. I actually have all of the ingredients in the fridge right now, except bread for toast. Darn it (maybe I’ll try the rice first!) xx

  4. Courtney | fork to belly

    I have so much love for this post, lady!!! It makes such an amazing and quick weeknight meal – and I am so digging the tofu version<333
    Also, to add to the miso debacle: I'd never heard of avoiding boiling miso either until a reader pointed it out on my misoyaki butterfish recipe o_O

  5. Sandra Lea

    This looks good, I’m all about fast, easy and healthy. One question, I thought you were never supposed to boil miso?

    1. erika Post author

      Hi Sandra! I’d actually never heard of not boiling miso before, so thanks to alerting me to that fact! After reading up on it a little, I’ve found some articles saying that you’re not supposed to boil miso for fear of 1) killing the probiotics 2) killing aroma and flavor or 3) releasing compounds that will make your soup/broth taste bitter. With that in mind, it’s probably better to keep the broth on the lowest simmer you can while making this–however, I’ve never found boiling miso in water to results in any adverse flavors. But that’s a great point that I’ll keep in mind in the future. Thanks again and happy cooking!


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