稲荷大神 (Inari Ookami) is the Shinto god/goddess of foxes, rice, tea, sake, fertility, agriculture, and merchantry whose messengers are a pair of (pure white) foxes and whose numerous shrines are famous for their vermilion 鳥居 (torii - shrine gate). It is said that Oinari-sama’s favorite food is sweet deep fried tofu and the food item 油揚げ (abura-age) is also called 稲荷揚げ(inari-age).
お稲荷さん (oinari-san) or 稲荷寿司 (inarizushi) are delicious pouches of sweet deep fried tofu filled with rice or sometimes 蕎麦 (soba - buckwheat) noodles. My mom usually likes to pack them with 炊き込みご飯 (takikomi gohan - rice flavored with dashi, soy sauce, vegetables, etc) nutritionally enhanced with quinoa. My favorite takikomi gohan flavor is 茸 (kinoko - a common type of mushroom).
Another way you might see inari-age is as a topping for noodle dishes. When you see inari-age floating in 饂飩 (udon - thick wheat noodles served in a mild broth of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin), it’s known as 狐饂飩 (kitsune udon - “fox” udon). Meanwhile, 狸饂飩 (tanuki udon - “raccoon dog” udon) is udon topped with 天麩羅 (tenpura) flakes.
I brought up tanuki because kitsune and tanuki are the main two traditional shape-shifting tricksters of Japanese lore and are often seen as a thematic pair. It’s also said that most faces can be categorized as one of the two face types. Kitsune faces are small and feminine with narrow eyes while tanuki faces are large and round with big eyes.