Soft and crispy tofu in a delicious creamy peanut sauce garnished with crushed peanuts, black sesame seeds, and chopped spring onion. Serve this easy vegan Asian dish with steamed sticky or jasmine rice and satisfy your craving for Asian takeaways.
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If you follow my blog then you must be knowing that most of my recipes are quick and easy. Except for 1-2 recipes there is hardly any complicated one. My recipes are so simple that even if you are entering your kitchen for the first time, you will be able to make them easily.
The reason is that though I love cooking and eating, I don't like spending hours in the kitchen. So, if you are also like me then you will find my recipes useful.
Today I am sharing another such recipe which is made using a few basic ingredients and gets ready within minutes. And, it tastes amazing. The dish is - Tofu in peanut sauce or peanut butter tofu. If you love peanut butter or tofu then you must try it.
Acquiring a taste for tofu
I get a lot of messages from my readers sharing that though they love how tofu dishes look but hate the taste. I can very well understand that because I also hated it when I tried it for the first time. In fact, I had to throw the whole dish because I couldn't swallow tofu. And, I am a person who is strictly against wasting food.
So, if you are also facing this challenge then don't worry- most of the people who didn't grow up eating tofu hate it initially as tofu has an acquired taste.
I will share the way I developed taste for it. Tofu is now one of my favorite ingredients and you will never find my fridge without it.
- Don't start with raw tofu. Begin with fried tofu then move to baked tofu, slowly you won't mind eating raw tofu too.
- Season it properly. Since tofu doesn't have any taste of its own, flavor it with your favorite ingredients before frying or baking. The tofu sponge will soak all the flavors and it will be easier to eat it.
- Mix it with other ingredients that you love. Like in this dish I have mixed it with peanut butter another favorite ingredient of mine.
Slowly, with these simple tips, you will also start enjoying tofu.
How to serve?
The best way to enjoy this dish is with some steamed rice and grilled vegetables o the side. I would recommend jasmine rice, sticky rice, or any other short-grain rice with this or any other East or South-East Asian curry or stir-fried dish. Long grain Basmati rice doesn't go well with them.
It can also be served with any noodle dish of your choice.
You can make it a component of your vegan buddha bowl too.
More easy vegan Asian recipes
I love Asian recipes and instead of takeaways, I prefer making them at home. If you also want to try them at home then don't miss to check the following easy Asian recipes at home:
More easy tofu recipes
Looking for more easy & tasty tofu recipes? Do check the following links:
- Chili garlic tofu
- Vietnamese tomato tofu
- Pineapple tofu
- Stir-fried tofu with bean sprouts and mushrooms
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Step by step photo instructions
Tofu in Peanut Sauce recipe
Tofu in peanut sauce
- 3 cups firm/ extra firm tofu cubes
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 6 cloves garlic, grated
- 5 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon sriracha/ any other hot sauce adjust as per taste
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ tbsp maple syrup you can use any other sweetener of your choice
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
- Salt as per taste
- 1 cup water
Ingredients for garnishing (optional)
- Chopped green onion
- Black sesame seeds
- Roasted peanuts, crushed
- Put the tofu cubes in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss well. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes. Take out on a plate and keep aside.
- Put all the remaining ingredients, except water in a pot, mix and cook till peanut butter starts melting. Add water and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Finally, add the tofu cubes, mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the gas.
- Garnish with chopped spring onion, sesame seeds, and crushed peanuts. Serve hot with jasmine rice and grilled vegetables of your choice.
Thoroughly enjoyed this meal! Experimenting more with plant based meals and this was really tasty! Also cooked some mushrooms and peppers to put in the sauce and served with Basmati rice, would definitely make this again, really easy and a quick recipe!
Thank you Tennessee. I am so glad to know that you enjoyed the dish 🙂
The dish here looks so flavorful using peanut butter and tofu.
I love the peanut flavor and hence I will surely enjoy this combo 🙂
Thanks Sasmita. Yes, it tastes delicious.
We all love tofu in our house and can't get enough of it. You have nailed it right by adding lot of flavors to the sauce. This is a keeper recipe and so quick to make as well.
Thank you Sandhya.
This looks like a lip-smacking dish. I have never tried it this way, would love to have that bowl now.
I belong to still acquiring taste to tofu gang! Love your tips on how to make it palatable slowly. Like this dish, saucy, creamy with baked tofu. i think we would love to have this dish with steaming hot rice. Wonderful share.
Thanks a lot, Priya 🙂
This is such a flavourful dish made using peanut butter and tofu. I so love this combo...drooling over you pics!!
Thank you Padma.
Tofu is our family favorite, at first we were skeptical to use it but now everyone loves tofu. This spicy peanut sauce tofu looks so so delicious to try.
Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
Vandana, your post reminds me of my UNI days, lol not long ago though. Anything with tofu was my go-to dish and peanut tofu was one of them. Absolutely loved it with noodles. Yours looks so inviting and delicious. Must make it this weekend as we have three packets in the fridge 🙂
Thanks Jagruti 🙂
I love the peanut flavor in the curry. This tofu in peanut sauce looks so creamy and lip smacking.
That bowl of tofu with rice looks so amazing, I just wanted to grab it out of the image. Love the silky smoothness of the gravy here.
Thank you Seema.
Tofu and peanut sauce goes good together... I make this with quinoa on the side. Looks delicious!
Thanks Uma 🙂
My introduction to tofu was a fried one and in a stir fry and that's what got me liking it. Tofu in Peanut sauce looks very inviting. As tofu has no taste of its own as such its a versatile ingredient to cook with.
Bless my food by Payal
Awestruck to see the first picture. So delish and mouthwatering. And the recipes sounds so much amazing with the amalgamation of wonderful ingredients.
Hey Vandana, what a flavorful dish made using peanut butter and tofu. It must have tasted awesome na. I once tried chicken with chocolate and it was delicious.
This is worth a try.
Thanks a lot Lata, yes it was delicious :). Chicken and chocolate is an interesting combination! Sometimes you can never imagine how good such combinations taste unless you try it.
Delicious! I will be making this a lot in the future. Thank you!
Thanks a lot Janice 🙂