If you love sweet and savory, this recipe is for you! Crispy pan-fried tofu tossed in a sweet chili sauce mixed with soy sauce, sriracha, green onion, and sesame seeds served over rice. Doesn’t get much better than that. This is my comfort meal. It has been for a while so I thought it was time to post it here. It’s very simple. It almost doesn’t even feel like a recipe to be honest, it’s THAT easy. But since I make it so much and it’s so dang good, I just have to share! If you have friends and family who think they hate tofu, make this for them. It’s so hard not to love something that’s covered in the most delicious sweet and spicy sauce.

Main Ingredients: 

  • Extra Firm Tofu
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Soy Sauce

Substitutions:

  1. Extra Firm Tofu: Chicken-Style Seitan would also be delicious paired with this sauce. I like Upton’s Natural Seitan Chunks or you can use homemade seitan.

Tips & Tricks:

I prefer the texture and taste of tofu that has been pressed. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to pressing tofu so I like to use my tofu press and add a block of tofu the night before I plan to use it and let it press all night in the fridge. That way when I’m ready to use it, I don’t have to wait! I use this tofu press and highly recommend it.

Be patient when pan-frying tofu. If it doesn’t easily flip over when in the frying pan, leave it longer. It should easily flip once the side is golden brown.

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Sweet Chili Tofu

  • Author: Liv
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Optional:: 30 Min Pressing Tofu
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

If you love sweet and savory, this recipe is for you! Crispy pan-fried tofu tossed in a sweet chili sauce mixed with soy sauce, sriracha, green onion, and sesame seeds served over rice. Doesn’t get much better than that. This is my comfort meal. It has been for a while so I thought it was time to post it here. It’s very simple. It almost doesn’t even feel like a recipe to be honest, it’s THAT easy. But since I make it so much and it’s so dang good, I just have to share! If you have friends and family who think they hate tofu, make this for them. It’s so hard not to love something that’s covered in the most delicious sweet and spicy sauce. 


Ingredients

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Crispy Tofu:

  • 1 Block Extra-Firm Tofu, pressing optional
  • 12 tablespoons Vegetable Oil, for pan-frying
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Salt & Black Pepper

Sweet Chili Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce, check ingredients some aren’t vegan
  • 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1/21 teaspoon Sriracha, depends on spice tolerance
  • 2 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Green Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoons Sesame Seeds, I used a mix of white and black

Instructions

  1. Press the water out of the tofu. I like to use my tofu press and let it press overnight. But if you’re in a hurry, press for 30 minutes or simply wrap in paper towels or clean dish towels and squeeze out excess water. Unpressed tofu will still be delicious.
  2. Cut the tofu in to 16 large cubes. Toss the tofu in soy sauce then in cornstarch, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large pan on medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil and pan fry each side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes each side.
  4. Whisk together the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, and rice vinegar in a small bowl.
  5. Thinly chop green onions and add to sauce along with sesame seeds.
  6. Toss the tofu in to the sauce and serve with jasmine rice and top with extra green onions.

Keywords: sweet chili tofu, vegan dinner, easy vegan dinner, sweet and spicy tofu, pan-fried tofu, crispy tofu, tofu rice bowl

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  4. Slingback says:

    Hi! Q for #2: Toss in soy sauce first, then in cornstarch, garlic, onion, salt and pepper? Or mix to make a paste? Tried to mix first but I got dry lumps, not a paste.

    1. Liv says:

      Sorry that wasn’t entirely clear! I’ve updated the instructions. Toss the tofu in soy sauce first to coat and then toss in the dry ingredients.

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