This spicy baked peanut butter tofu is baked to crispy perfection and then tossed in a spicy peanut butter sauce. Top it off with some green onions and cilantro and serve it on top some rice noodles!
Alright guys. Let’s kick off the weekend with a peanut butter recipe.
Because I’m not sure if there is anything I love more in the world than peanut butter. It’s one of my favourite ingredients to cook with for one reason: It’s great in both sweet and savoury dishes.
Today’s recipe we’re going to be featuring peanut butter as the star ingredient in our spicy Asian sauce that goes on top some crispy baked tofu.
Generally, when I make tofu I often pan-fry it to get it nice and crispy, but for this recipe I decided to give it a go and try baking the tofu. Because why not?
Anyways, I’m super happy I tried it out because turns out baking tofu before saucin’ it up is DELICIOUS. It gets nice and crispy around all the edges and it holds the sauce so well. The tofu also requires zero oil when baking it which keeps in low in any added fats. Yay!
I finished off this recipe in a pan with a touch of oil just to cook up the green onion and garlic and toss it all together with the peanut butter sauce.
I also love this recipe served up on some rice noodles but I can imagine it would be just as tasty served up with your favourite rice!
This spicy baked peanut butter tofu is:
- Gluten-free (*make sure to use GF soy sauce!)
- Low in Fat
- High in protein
This tofu is baked to crispy perfection and topped with a creamy & spicy peanut butter sauce. Serve over noodles or rice.
- 1 block tofu
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, melted
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp chilli flakes (omit if you don’t like spice)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 green onion, finely chopped
- rice noodles or rice to serve
- Cilantro, green onion, and peanuts to top (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper
- Using a couple paper towels, press down on the tofu and squeeze out as much water as possible. (*This step is important to help get the tofu crispy!)
- Chop the tofu into cubes then toss in a bowl with soy sauce and then the cornstarch until all the pieces are evenly coated.
- Spread out the tofu on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipping the tofu cubes halfway through.
- In a jar, mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, chilli flakes, maple syrup, sesame oil, lime juice and water together. Set aside.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and add the garlic and green onion cooking on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the tofu and the peanut butter sauce and stir together on low heat.
- Serve over rice noodles or rice.
- Top with cilantro, sliced green onions and crushed peanuts.
- Adjust the amount of chilli flakes to your liking if you prefer more or less spice!
If you like this spicy baked peanut butter tofu you’ll also love this 15-minute lemongrass tofu!
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