The difference between Tatsuta Age and Karaage

As a generic name, we Japanese call deep-fried foods, such as Tempura (天ぷら), Kakiage (かき揚げ), and Karaage (唐揚げ), “Agemono (揚げ物)”. These 3 Japanese dishes are representative types of Agemono that are widely enjoyed by Japanese people.

Speaking of Karaage, Tori no Karaage (鳥の唐揚げ), or chicken Karaage is the most commonly eaten in Japan. Other than chicken, various foods, including flatfish, shrimps, potatoes, and asparagus, are used as the ingredient.

The Japanese deep-fried dish, Karaage is relatively well-known in the world, but have you ever heard that there is another deep-fried dish called Tatsuta Age (竜田揚げ) similar to Karaage in Japan?

The difference between Tatsuta Age and Karaage

Since Tatsuta Age looks like Karaage, even many Japanese can’t tell precisely the difference between these 2 types of Agemono. This is why I want to explain the difference.

Tatsuta Age (竜田揚げ)

Chicken Tatsuta Age

Generally speaking, Tatsuta Age (竜田揚げ) refers to the food that the ingredient is seasoned with Japanese seasonings such as soy sauce and mirin sweet cooking rice wine, coated in Katakuriko (Japanese potato starch), then deep-fried. Since seasoned ingredients are deep-fried, Tatsuta Age usually has a browner color than Karaage. The foods prepared as the ingredient are mainly meat and fish.

Karaage (唐揚げ)

Tori no Karaage (鳥の唐揚げ : Chicken Karaage)

On the other hand, in general, Karaage (唐揚げ) refers to the food that the ingredient is thinly coated with wheat flour or Katakuriko without seasonings, and then deep-fried. Even though Karaage isn’t exactly seasoned beforehand, the food deep-fried after the ingredient is seasoned, in other words, Tatsuta Age is also often called Karaage nowadays. As I wrote above, various foods, including meat, seafood, and vegetables, are used as the ingredient.

(Reference pages of this article : Wikipedia “から揚げ” , TABI LABO)


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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