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Asian Chili & Garlic Crispy Tofu

Tofu: From boring to fun. This story can go in multiple ways, and this chili & garlic sauce is my suggestion for today. Easy, delicious and optionally hot.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Tags asian, chili, garlic, tofu
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings


Crisy tofu

  • 500 gr firm tofu
  • 1-2 tbsp cornstarch (corn flour)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp light soy or tamari sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp honey (or agave syrup)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp ginger powder)
  • salt, black pepper to taste
  • 4 spring onions chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Slice the tofu into small cubes, then mix with the oil and cornstarch in a bowl until well coated. Set a pan to medium-high heat and sauté the tofu until crispy. Allow the tofu pieces to fry in a single layer, and to have space in between each other; if necessary, fry in two batches.

  2. Prepare the sauce by combining all ingredients in a cup and stirring together.

  3. Use the same frying pan, set it to medium heat. Add the sauce, stir and let it cook for a few seconds. Add the tofu and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins. Keep an eye on it to make sure the garlic and onions don't burn.

  4. Serve with more fresh spring onions, sesame seeds and some chopped fresh cilantro (or your preferred herb). Enjoy it with some rice, vegetables or in pasta.