Easy Katsu Recipe – Vegan Style

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Easy Katsu Recipe

Hello out there!  Welcome to our website and welcome to our easy Katsu recipe.  This is definitely an Asian inspired recipe.  We went through some trial and error with this one.

We finally got it to where it is fine to eat.  With all that said, it has a lot of steps invovled.  It is worth it, so do not give up easily on this recipe.

Make sure to follow the “how to video” below that starts right when they talk about this recipe.  Also if you want to “jump to recipe” instructions then click the button above.  Enjoy everybody!

Kitchen Products Used

  1. Stainless Steel Cookware
  2. Knife Set
  3. Ninja Foodi XL (multi-cooker)
  4. Rice Cooker

This recipe was quick and easy because of the amazing kitchen appliances and tools that we have.  I am a firm believer of easier cooking in the kitchen.

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Recipe Guidelines

Have you ever been frustrated that a recipe is not clear with the instructions.  I feel like it happens a lot and that a quick guideline would help out tremendously.  Take a look at our guideline below if you ever feel lost making this recipe.

Cook Rice –> Pickle Veggies –> Prep Tofu –> Make Katsu Sauce

What is Katsu Sauce Made of?

Katsu sauce traditionally is not vegan because they use Worcestershire sauce.  Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so definitely not vegan.

The other traditional ingredients are sugar and soy sauce.  Now a days there are different spin offs and styles of Katsu sauce.

We decided to go more of a BBQ style Katsu sauce flavor.  We did this by using Ketchup as a base and then adding in all of our spices.  It turned out to be a solid combination with our Tofu.

Vegan Katsu Recipe

So Katsu bowl recipes are usually made with chicken.  This makes it 100%, you guessed it, not vegan.  No big deal.

There are tons of vegan spin off recipes these days.  Our site has a ton of them.  This is what makes vegan cooking and living so enjoyable.

We were able to change the sauce, change the protein and keep the veggies.  This gave us a great opportunity in replicating a similar easy to make, Katsu recipe.

Easy Katsu Recipe

Tofu Katsu Curry

We keep foreshadowing on this recipe post.  It’s like we are walking you down the stairs to our written recipe.  Providing little recipes secrets as you go.

Yup, no chicken in this recipe.  Just the famous soy food known as tofu.  It is very bland tasting so seasoning and cooking has to be done right or you will not have flavorful tofu.

This is why we seasoned our tofu a lot.  We decided to air fry but looking back, oil frying or sauteing would have given the tofu even more flavor.

We also found out that a lot of Katsu recipes use curry as the flavoring.  This is definitely a style I would like to try and make in the future.  However, for now, the BBQ style katsu recipe we made will work just fine.

Lastly, we could have also opted for Seitan instead of tofu.  Seitan will be a good experiment in the future.  You gotta love your plant based meats.  Vegan recipes are truly versatile and fun to make because you have so many different options.

Easy Katsu Recipe

Here is our Vegan Katsu Recipe
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Katsu Bowl Recipe, Katsu recipe, knife set, Ninja Foodi XL, stainless steel cookware, Vegan Katsu recipe
Servings: 4 People
Author: Eric


  • Ninja Foodi XL, Stainless Steel Cookware, Knife Set


Pickled Veggies

  • ½ Red Onion Julienned cut long ways
  • 3 Medium Carrots Julienned cut long ways
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Whiten Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Chives fresh
  • 2 Garlic Cloves pressed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger pressed
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Tofu Seasoning

  • 15 Ounces Tofu (Firm)
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons Garlic Herb seasoning
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Katsu Sauce

  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Syrup
  • 3 Teaspoons Chili Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes


  • 1 1/2 Cups Rice white rice is perfect


  • Start cooking your rice in a rice cooker.
  • While that is happening, prep all of your vegetables to be pickled.
  • Once all the vegetables are prepared, simmer 1 cup of white wine vinegar, 1 cup of water, 3 pressed cloves garlic, 1 Tablespoon pressed Ginger, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 Teaspoon salt and 3 chives for around 5- 7 minutes.
  • Now, before you pour the liquid mixture over the red onion and carrots, make sure that the liquid mixture is simmering. If the liquid mixture is not hot enough, then the vegetables will not pickle properly.
  • Have the vegetables sit to the side and now focus on making your Tofu.
  • Cut your Tofu into ½ inch rectangles. Then prepare 3 bowls. A bread crumb bowl. Flour, nutritional yeast and garlic herb seasoning bowl, and lastly your almond milk & dijon mustard mixture bowl.
  • Now put each Tofu strip in the bowls in this order. Flour to Milk to Flour to Milk to Bread Crumbs.
  • Once that is completed. You can either cook the tofu in a pan with oil or use an air fryer.
  • We chose to air fry them for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While that is air frying. Make your Katsu Sauce. Mix all of the “Sauce” ingredients listed above into a bowl until it is smooth.
  • By now, all of your food should be ready to serve. Enjoy.


***You can also Oil fry your Tofu***

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Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.


6 Responses

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    David Cartwright.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words David!  We think its very helpful what we post and our mission is to hopefully have the internet readers feel the same way 🙂

  2. Hello there! Thanks for sharing this with us. Wonderful way to teach someone how to cook. Food has always been my best friend so you can understand the joy on my face seeing your article with so much new food to try. This Katsu is a whole new thing fr me, I’ve never heard of it before. Guess who likes trying new things? Yeah, me, you’re correct. I’ll try this definitely, thank you

  3. Hello there, i must commend you for sharing this beautiful content here, and i also like how easy your website is to navigate and with soothing colors as well. I really enjoyed going through your recipe, i think i know were i have been getting it wrong now whenever i tried to make this. Thanks for sharing this

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