There’s nothing quite as tasty as crispy fried tofu in a delicious sauce. I know, I know. Some of you claim that tofu sucks, but I am positive you say that because you have never had really well-prepared tofu. I don’t care if you’re the meatiest meat-lover out there, if you tasted this tofu you’d love it. The person serving it to you might have to blindfold you and lie about what they’re putting into your mouth, but you’d love it. If you’re one of those people who just won’t try tofu, open your mind (and your mouth) to this version, and you might change your outlook.
This crispy, peanutty, sweet and salty tofu with peanut sauce is unbelievably yummy. It’s full of all of the good flavors, like garlic, onions, peanut butter, a little sweetness, a little tang . . . and perfectly cooked tofu that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The veggies can easily be changed if these ones aren’t your thing, and you can add some hot peppers or sriracha if you need a little heat in your day.
1 package of extra-firm tofu (pressed and cut into cubes – see below)
2 Tbsp. avocado or vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
Salt and pepper
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
Cilantro, chopped (for topping)
About 30 minutes before cooking, drain the tofu, wrap it in a kitchen towel and press it. You can do this by placing a plate on top of the tofu, and then a heavy item, like a stock pot, on top of the plate for about 10 minutes. This will help remove excess water from the tofu before you cut them into cubes.
In the meantime, prepare the peanut sauce.
Place the cornstarch on a plate, along with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Lightly coat the you pieces in the cornstarch.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Make sure the oil is very hot before you add the tofu. Cook the tofu, turning occasionally, until all sides are browned and crispy. Set aside on a plate.
In the same pan, cook the onions and peppers until soft, 3-5 minutes. Add the peanut sauce to the skillet, along with the tofu, and heat through quickly so that the tofu stays crispy.
Top with cilantro and serve immediately with rice, noodles, or anything that makes you happy!