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Andagi: Okinawan Fried Donuts

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Andagi is an Okinawan fried donut with a crunchy outside, cake like inside, and the perfect local Japanese dessert. Super easy and sure to please. Bet you can’t have just one.

hand picking up andagi from a plate

Where’s my dessert and sweet fans at? This andagi recipe uses a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and is so easy to make you’ll be sure to have a go to dessert in your arsenal.

Japanese culture and cuisine have become a large part of Hawaiian culture and cuisine. Everything from removing your shoes when entering homes to foods like musubi, chicken katsu, and mochi.

andagi on a plate

What is andagi?

Andagi, also known as sata andagi, are Okinawan deep fried donuts. Traditional recipes call for 3 ingredients: cake flour, eggs, and sugar. As with many other dishes here in Hawai’i, it has become a fusion dish. This Hawaiian style recipe uses baking powder for a little more rise and milk and vanilla for more of a rich flavor.

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil of choice
  • All purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Evaporated milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla
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Substitutes

  • If you have access to cake flour you definitely can swap out for the all purpose flour.
  • Brown sugar can be used in place of granulated sugar.
  • Whole milk (or your milk of choice) can be used in place of evaporated milk. This will give the andagi a more mild flavor.

Where did andagi originate?

Although andagi is a popular Japanese dish, it is said to have originated in China. Like many dishes it uses a blend of Japanese and Chinese cooking techniques.

What does sata andagi mean?

Saataa in Japanese means sugar, anda means oil, and agii means fried.

andagi batter dripping into a bowl

What type of cooking oil is best to make andagi?

When deep frying foods you want to be sure to use a mild flavor oil like vegetable, canola, corn oil, etc. Although you can use other strong flavor oils it will change the taste of the dish.

How hot should the oil be when frying?

These donuts are deep fried creating a crispy, golden brown outside and cake like inside. If the oil is too hot the outside will cook too quickly and the inside will remain under cooked. Frying at 325-330F has been the perfect temperature to make the best andagi.

andagi frying in a wok

How to store sata andagi?

These fried donuts are best eaten warm. There’s nothing like biting into a warm andagi with a crunchy outside and cake like inside. As the donut cools the outside becomes less crunchy, however you donuts need to be cooled prior to placing in an airtight container to store at room temperature.

How long do andagi keep?

Once cooled and placed in an airtight container. This will keep at room temperature for a few days.

How to reheat andagi?

There are a few ways to reheat andagi. The most simple way is to reheat using the microwave. Place on a microwave safe plate and heat for 15-30 seconds. You can also toast it in the toaster oven to get back some of the exterior crunch. 

andagi broken in half

How to make andagi?

  1. To a pot or wok set over medium heat add cooking oil of choice. 
  2. While the oil is heating up, prepare the dough. To a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  3. To another bowl add eggs. Whisk to combine. Then add the evaporated milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined. Do not over mix or beat as your dough will be tough.
  5. Once the oil has reached 325F begin to fry the dough. Using a cookie scoop or your hands drop golf ball sized amounts of the dough into the oil. Fry for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. The dough balls will begin to rise once it begins to cook. Flip the andagi halfway through cook time to ensure even cooking.
  6. Remove the andagi from the oil and set on a paper towel or cooling rack to drain excess oil and ENJOY!
Andagi Recipe

Andagi Recipe

Yield: 20-24 pieces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Andagi is an Okinawan fried donut with a crunchy outside, cake like inside, and the perfect local Japanese dessert. Super easy and sure to please. Bet you can’t have just one.

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil of choice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

    1. To a pot or wok set over medium heat add cooking oil of choice. 
    2. While the oil is heating up, prepare the dough. To a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.
    3. To another bowl add eggs. Whisk to combine. Then add the evaporated milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
    4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined. Do not over mix or beat as your dough will be tough.
    5. Once the oil has reached 325F begin to fry the dough. Using a cookie scoop or your hands drop golf ball sized amounts of the dough into the oil. Fry for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. The dough balls will begin to rise once it begins to cook. Flip the andagi halfway through cook time to ensure even cooking.
    6. Remove the andagi from the oil and set on a paper towel or cooling rack to drain excess oil and ENJOY!

Notes

*Be sure not to over heat oil.

*Sub brown sugar for white sugar.

*Sub whole milk for evaporated milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on March 29th, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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