Saataa andaagii – Okinawa doughnut

Saataa means sugar, andaa is oil and agii is deep fry in the Okinawan language. So now you know this is deep fried sweets; in fact, much like doughnuts. Saataa andaagii is a popular Okinawan snack among locals and you must have seen it at shops. So, yes, you can buy these at shops but there’s nothing like making doughnuts at home: the smell and crispiness is something you won’t get if you buy them at a shop. So, if you are making doughnuts, why not try Okinawa style?


INgredients could not be more simple and are available anywhere.

(to make 12 to 14 doughnuts)

• 3 cups or 300g cake flour 薄力粉

• 1 tsp baking powder, mix with cake flour

• 3 eggs

• 2/3 cup granulated sugar or dark brown sugar

• Pinch of salt

• 1 tbs vegetable oil

• Vegetable oil for deep fry


1. Beat the eggs in a bowl, add the sugar and mix well.

2. Add a pinch of salt and the vegetable oil and continue to mix.

3. Add half of the flour and mix until the dough becomes smooth.

4. Add the rest of the flour and mix until the dough becomes smooth again.

5. Using your hands, make a bun, ball shape.

6. The temperature for deep frying is quite low, about 320 F°. I often check oil temperature with chopsticks. You dip dry chopsticks into the oil and if bubbles come up to the surface slowly, you have reached the temperature you need.

7. On a low heat, cook the saataa andagii for 5 minutes. Then raise the temperature to finish off the deep frying. This makes the outside of the saataa andagii nice and crispy.

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16:50 27 Feb , 2024