Japanese Fried Rooster (Karaage Rooster)


Karaage Rooster is likely one of the hottest Japanese dishes not solely inside Japan however overseas as nicely. The rooster is marinated with soy sauce, sake, ginger, and mirin to present a contact of sweetness.

I initially posted this recipe in September 2016 and up to date in 2018 with a recipe video. Now I’ve improved the video in addition to the contents.

Hero shot of Karaage Chicken.

It is a little-known secret exterior of Japan, however the rooster items are deep fried twice to make them crunchy on the surface and juicy inside!

Karaage Rooster is my youngsters’s lengthy standing no. 1 favorite dish inside my repertoire. Every time I declare that I’ll prepare dinner a Japanese meal for them, Karaage Rooster comes up first.

About Karaage

Some folks could be pondering that karaage is Japanese-style fried rooster. However this isn’t right. The phrase ‘karaage‘ (唐揚げ) is a generic time period for deep fried meals coated with or with out flour. You don’t have to make use of rooster.

So Karaage rooster is ‘tori no karaage‘ (鶏の唐揚げ, fried rooster) in Japanese, qualifying that it’s rooster (tori, 鶏).

Zoomed-in photo of Karaage chicken.

Karaage initially meant deep fried meat or fish with none marinating. The cooking methodology of pre-marinating components got here from China within the early Edo interval. On the time, Japanese folks known as China ‘tou’ (唐), however this kanji character may learn ‘kara‘, notably when mixed with different characters. Therefore the phrase 唐揚げ grew to become ‘karaage’  as a substitute of ‘touage‘.

Should you marinate the meat/fish with some flavourings comparable to soy sauce earlier than coating with cornflour, the dish turns into ‘tatsuta age’ (竜田揚げ). You’ll be able to see the tatsuta age recipe utilizing mackerel right here.

Zoomed-in photo of Mackerel Tatsuta Age.

Mackerel Tatsuta Age

As defined within the submit Mackerel Tatsuta Age, provided that the fish/meat is flavoured and coated with corn flour earlier than deep-frying, it’s known as Tatsuta Age.

However, the definition of Karaage is relatively obscure. You’ll be able to deep fry fish/meat with or with out flavouring, and also you don’t must coat the ingredient with flour. The flour will be any type of flour.

Individuals typically name Japanese-style fried rooster Karaage as a result of rooster is the most well-liked Karaage ingredient.

What’s in My Japanese Fried rooster (Karaage Rooster)

There aren’t many components concerned in making Karaage Rooster. The marinade is made up of typical Japanese pantry gadgets.

  • Rooster thigh fillets lower into massive bite-size items
  • Corn flour/cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying

Ingredients for Karaage Chicken.

I typically use thigh fillets with pores and skin on, however typically I exploit skinless fillets (as seen within the video). As a substitute of thigh fillets, you should use breast fillets, however the cooked rooster will likely be somewhat bit dry.

I used corn flour/cornstarch to coat the rooster items this time, however I typically use plain flour as a substitute. You could possibly additionally use equal components corn flour and plain flour. I discover that corn flour makes the coating lighter when deep fried.


  • Soy sauce
  • Cooking sake
  • Mirin
  • Freshly grated ginger, together with juice

There are such a lot of variations to the marinade. Some recipes don’t add mirin. The youthful generations seem to love the marinade with garlic added, making the flavour nearer to the Chinese language model. I prefer it with out garlic to maintain the genuine Japanese flavour. And that’s the Karaage Rooster flavour that I bear in mind.

Learn how to Make Japanese Fried rooster (Karaage Rooster)

My karaage rooster is marinated earlier than frying.

Step-by-step photo of how to make Karaage Chicken.

  1. Lower the fillets into massive chew measurement items – about 5cm x 4cm / 2″ x 1½”.
  2. Put the rooster items and the Marinade components in a ziplock bag, and therapeutic massage nicely to coat each piece of meat with the marinade.
  3. Marinate for half-hour to 1 hour.
  4. Pat-dry the rooster items.
  5. Coat the rooster items with corn flour/cornstarch.
  6. Deep-fry the rooster items at 160°C/320°F.
  7. Relaxation the fried rooster for 3-4 minutes, then deep-fry at 190-200°C/374-392°F.

The temperature of the oil is vital. If the temperature of the oil in step 6 is simply too excessive, your rooster items change into darkish brown whereas inside the rooster remains to be uncooked. If the temperature of the oil in step 7 is simply too low, you’ll find yourself with oily Karaage Rooster.

If in case you have a kitchen thermometer, that will likely be nice. Should you don’t, dip a pair of bamboo chopsticks within the oil and test the approximate temperature. If tiny bubbles are quietly forming across the chopsticks, then it’s about 160-165°C/320-329°F, if bigger bubbles are shortly rising, it’s 180-190°C/356-374°F. You may discover it tough to see the distinction within the comparability photograph under, however hopefully you possibly can see bigger bubbles are developing in the precise photograph.

Showing how to check the oil temperature using long bamboo chopsticks.

Oil temperature at round 160-165°C/320-329°F (left) and 180-190°C/356-374°F (proper).

Secret to Crispy Karaage Rooster

The key to nice Karaage Rooster with crunchy exterior and juicy inside is the double-frying.

  1. Prepare dinner the rooster items by deep frying them at a decrease temperature (about 160-165°C/320-329°F). The target of this step is to prepare dinner the rooster to simply earlier than absolutely cooked with out browning the floor an excessive amount of.
  2. Relaxation for 3-4 minutes throughout which the residual warmth cooks the rooster by way of.
  3. Deep fry the rooster items for the second time at about 190-200°C/374-392°F to make the surface of the rooster crunchy. This step is critical as a result of the primary frying will make soggy fried rooster because of the decrease temperature.

Frying twice as above ensures that the surface of the Karaage Rooster is crunchy and golden brown whereas the within is juicy.

Zoomed-in photo of Karaage Chicken.
Sure, you could do deep-frying (some folks don’t appear to love it), however it’s well worth the effort.



Hero shot of Karaage Chicken.

Japanese Fried Rooster (Karaage Rooster)

Recipe Video Above. One of the vital widespread Japanese dishes, not solely inside Japan however overseas, Karaage Rooster is fairly simple to make so long as you do not thoughts deep frying. Simply marinate the rooster, toss in flour, and deep fry. Easy as that. The secret is double frying in order that the rooster turns into crunchy exterior and juicy inside.

Remember to see the part ‘MEAL IDEAS’ under the recipe card! It offers you an inventory of dishes that I’ve already posted and this recipe that may make up a whole meal. I hope it’s of assist to you.

Recipe Kind:




Key phrase:

karaage, karaage rooster, karaage recipe

Serves: 2

Energy: 523 kcal

Writer: Yumiko

Elements (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

  • 350g/12.3oz
    rooster thigh fillets
    , lower into massive chew measurement items (Observe 1)
  • 20g/0.7oz
    corn flour
    / cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Garnish (optionally available)

  • Shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • Sprigs of parsley


  1. Pat rooster items dry with paper towel. Put the rooster and the Marinade components right into a ziplock bag or a bowl.

  2. Therapeutic massage the bag nicely making certain that every one items are coated with the marinade. Marinate for half-hour to an hour.

  3. Warmth sufficient oil in a deep pot or pan to 160°C/320°F (notice 3). The depth of the oil needs to be about 3-4cm/1¼-1½”.

  4. In the meantime, drain extra marinade from the rooster, place the rooster items on paper towels to take away extra liquid, and put them in a bowl.

  5. Sprinkle over the corn flour and switch rooster to coat each piece with corn flour.

  6. Fry rooster in batches. Add a number of rooster items to the oil one after the other and fry for about 2.5-3 minutes (notice 4). You could wish to transfer the rooster items round as they have an inclination to stay to the underside of the pot/pan.

  7. Take the rooster items out of the oil and relaxation for a minimum of 3-4 minutes (notice 5) on paper towels. Repeat with remaining rooster items.

  8. Skim any flour crumbs from the oil if there are any and improve the temperature of the oil to 190-200°C/374-392°F (notice 3).

  9. Put the rooster items again into the oil in batches and fry for about 30 seconds to 1 minute till golden brown and crunchy. Repeat with remaining rooster items.

  10. Serve instantly with shredded lettuce and parsley for adornment if utilizing.

Recipe Notes

1. I lower the rooster thigh into about 5 x 4cm/2 x 1.6″. You can also make it smaller or barely bigger. Then cooking time would should be adjusted.

2. Sugar will be substituted for mirin. The sweetness of sugar vs mirin is 2:1 so use 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Be sure to combine the marinade nicely to dissolve.

3. I do not usually use a thermometer to test the temperature of the oil. I dip a pair of bamboo chopsticks within the oil and test the approximate temperature. If tiny bubbles are quietly forming across the chopsticks, then it’s about 160-165°C/320-329°F, if bigger bubbles are shortly rising, it’s 180-190°C/356-374°F.

4. To take care of the temperature of the oil, don’t overcrowd the oil with too many rooster items. I used a 20cm/8″ pot and deep fried in 2 batches with not more than 5-6 rooster items without delay.

5. Whereas resting, the rooster continues to prepare dinner slowly leading to tender juicy rooster.

6. In case you are making a considerable amount of Karaage Rooster, maintain the fried rooster within the oven. Earlier than frying the rooster, flip the oven on to round 80-100°C (176-212°F). As you end frying the rooster items for the second time, maintain them on the tray within the oven when you fry the others.

7. Vitamin data assumes that the vegetable oil absorbed into the fried rooster is about 8% of the burden of the rooster. Garnish is just not included.

serving: 217g energy: 523kcal fats: 40g (62%) saturated fats: 7.9g (40%) trans fats: 0.3g polyunsaturated fats: 8.1g monounsaturated fats: 21g ldl cholesterol: 166mg (55%) sodium: 705mg (29%) potassium: 411mg (12%) carbohydrates: 9.4g (3%) dietary fibre: 0.8g (3%) sugar: 0.7g protein: 30g vitamin a: 3% vitamin c: 0.2% calcium: 1.8% iron: 7.6%

Initially revealed in September 2016, up to date in September 2018 to incorporate a recipe video and Meal Concepts, improved contents with new pictures and video in February 2022.


Meal Concepts

A typical Japanese meal consists of a most important dish, a few aspect dishes, a soup and rice. I attempt to provide you with a mix of dishes with a wide range of flavours, colors, textures and make-ahead dishes.

It’s best to attempt to match the oily most important dish with some greens that may help digestion. The daikon (white radish) within the salad is ideal for this. Hijiki Seaweed Salad provides a unique flavour to the meal.

Meal idea with Karaage Chicken.



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