Updated: Dec 30, 2019
Starting off the new year with a new recipe! And of course my very first recipe for the year is tofu!
This vegan and plant-based Stir-fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce is both really creamy and satisfying. Plus, it's super easy to make and only requires a few basic ingredients (peanut butter, of course!).
I did the usual drying and cooking technique for the tofu to give it that crisp coating that's perfect to be coated in sauces.
I had this with some curry garlic rice, which is very similar to my super easy curry fried rice that I make but without the veggies!
This was a really comforting meal that I'd probably remake over and over until I've had too much of it (much like my sweet chili tofu phase).
Check out the full recipe below. Happy 2019, everyone!
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Stir-Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce
Serves 2-3 people
2 blocks extra firm tofu (around 240g each), sliced into cubes
1 heaping tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 cup button mushrooms (around 12 whole pieces), halved
1 onion, sliced into squares
2 tbsp canola oil, for frying
Sesame oil, for drizzling
Sliced spring onions
¾ cup water
3 tbsp peanut butter (I used sweetened peanut butter)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp coconut sugar
2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp room temp. water, mixed together
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the sauce. In a saucepan, heat the sauce and mix well until the peanut butter is smooth and the ingredients are well incorporated. Turn off heat.
Dry the tofu. You can wrap the tofu in towels and place a plate on top of it until excess liquid is absorbed by the towels. You can also opt to use a tofu press. Afterwards, slice them into cubes.
Sprinkle the salt on the tofu cubes. Add the cornstarch. Coat the tofu well.
In a large pan, heat around 1 1/2 tbsp of oil and then fry the tofu cubes until crisp and golden. You will need to turn around the tofu cubes.
Take out the tofu and sauté the onions and mushrooms in a little oil. Add in the sauce except the corn starch + water. Add the tofu and cook it in the sauce sauce until it boils. Add in the cornstarch mixture. Mix until thick.
Drizzle with a little sesame oil and add some spring onions if desired.
Serve with a bowl of rice or noodles and enjoy while hot!