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A tofu cube picked up with chopsticks over a bowl of chili garlic tofu

Chili Garlic Tofu

Chili garlic tofu is a simple Asian dish that can be served in the main course with rice and noodles or enjoyed as an appetizer. It gets ready in 20 minutes, needs a handful of ingredients, and tastes amazing.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, snacks
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 304kcal


  • 3.5 cups tofu cubes extra firm
  • 1 tbsp grated garlic
  • 1 cup chopped spring onion keep the green and white part separated
  • 2.5 tbsp chili oil 1.5 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce/ any other Asian stir fry sauce of your choice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar white sugar can also be used
  • Salt as per taste


  • Put the tofu cubes in a large bowl. Add 1.5 tbsp of chili oil, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Toss until all the cubes get evenly coated. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for around 12-15 minutes.
  • In a bowl mix 1 tbsp chili oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, salt, sugar, and pepper. Keep it aside.
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan. Add grated garlic and spring onion white. Saute for a few seconds and then add the sauce mixture. Cook for about a minute.
  • Add baked tofu cubes and spring onion green. Saute for about a minute and then switch off the gas.
  • Enjoy it as an appetizer or serve in the main course with a rice or noodle dish.


  1. Instead of oyster sauce, you can also use any other Asian stir fry sauce of your choice.
  2. You can also add bok choy or spinach to the dish.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4mg