Spicy Fried Tofu

The beauty of tofu is that if you fry and flavor it to perfection, even your meat-eaters will be asking for the recipe and for you to repeat the dish soon. Little do they know, they are raving over an entirely plant-based meal. 

One of the tastiest ways to add tofu to a dish is to fry it and make it hot and spicy. Stir in vegetables and you have yourself a spicy dinner crisped in no time at all.

Spicy Tofu Recipe

Every tofu recipe is a bit different, but the one we are about to share is simple. It features tofu, red onion and bell pepper stir-fried in a sweet and sour sauce. It’s easy to make and only requires about 20 minutes to prepare and cook.


–       one sliced red onion

–       three tbsp. peanut or sesame oil

–       one pound firm, cubed tofu

–       one sliced red bell pepper

–       one sliced green chili pepper

–       one tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

–       three tbsp. of soy sauce

–       one tbsp. brown sugar

–       1 tsp. cornstarch

–       three crushed cloves of garlic

–       one-third cup of hot water

Step-by-step instructions

–       First, make sure all your ingredients are prepared correctly and within reach. Once you start cooking, everything goes quickly.

–       Next, find your favorite wok and place it over medium-high heat. If you don’t have a wok, use your biggest frying pan.

–       Pour peanut oil into the pan to heat

–       Then, add tofu and cook until crisp and brown on all sides.

–       Add the vegetables, chili pepper and garlic, stir-frying until tender (5 min.)

–       In a small bowl, mix hot water, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, red pepper, and cornstarch

–       Pour the mixture over wok’s contents

–       Toss and let simmer for up to five minutes

Tone it down?

If this dish is too spicy for you or your guests, you can reduce the number of red pepper flakes you add to the dish. You can always start out using a smaller amount than the recipe suggests, then add more according to your spice tolerance during a taste test.

Spicy Tofu Recipe

Keep this Korean tofu recipe traditional

The more closely you can follow a traditional tofu recipe, the stronger and more memorable the dish will be. Stick with the authentic cooking instructions until you have a handle on the dish to add in your own creative spark.

Traditional recipes use natural ingredients, so be sure to shop accordingly. Additionally, this recipe is best served in colder months, when the body needs to warm up to balance with its natural environment. That makes spicy tofu a great choice for winter get-togethers.

Spicy tofu recipes call for fresh ingredients

Even though spicy dishes are famed for masking some of their ingredient flavors, fresh vegetables always come through for the win. Although this recipe calls for red onion and bell pepper, stay open-minded to fresh, seasonal produce available at local farms or neighborhood markets. At a farmer’s market, you might even ask a vendor or two for a suggestion from the season’s selection.

How to serve spiced tofu

All ready to serve your guests? Sharing a spicy tofu dinner is easy. Since the dish is best served hot off the pan, make sure your guests arrive on time and are close by as you finish cooking.

Fill shallow bowls with cooked white rice, add the spicy veggie and tofu mix, and top with sesame seeds and an extra drizzle of the sauce. Or, you can place a scoop of white rice and roasted vegetables on a plate and add the spicy tofu mix last.

Serving drinks alongside hot and spicy food can be tricky. We recommend going for Soju, a traditional Korean rice-based alcohol. If that doesn’t sound great to guests, offer them a Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling.

Have a spicy fried tofu recipe to share?

One of our favorite elements of blogging is creating a culinary community to share tips, adjust recipes, make ingredient suggestions and come up with new ways to enjoy our favorite dishes.

If you’ve tried a fried tofu recipe at home, we’d love to hear about it! Our chefs at Zhen Wei Feng know all about infusing traditional with just the right amount of outside expertise to turn a classic into a brand new masterpiece. Let us know in the comments below if there are any hot and spicy tofu tips you want to share. Thanks!

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