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lemongrass tofu garnished with a lime wedge, fresh cilantro, and red chili peppers.

Lemongrass tofu

Lemongrass tofu is a very light and flavorful Vietnamese dish that gets ready in just 25 minutes. If you like Asian food and looking for some quick and easy recipes then this vegan tofu stir fry is a must-try recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 505kcal


  • 500 grams firm tofu around 3 cups tofu cubes
  • 3 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 medium-sized red onion thinly sliced
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves
  • 1-2 chili peppers finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil or any neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar palm sugar can also be used
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste

For garnishing (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro/ spring onion greens


Bake tofu

  • Pat dry the tofu block with a kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. Slice into medium size cubes.
  • Put tofu cubes in a bowl. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Gently toss.
  • Spread on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 12-13 minutes at 200°C (400°F).

Mince lemongrass

  • Chop off the leaves of lemongrass and also remove all the woody outer layers. Roughly chop the inner soft part.
  • Put the chopped lemongrass and garlic cloves in a grinder/ food processor and mince.

Stir fry

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and ground lemongrass. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chopped chili pepper, tofu, sugar, pepper, salt, and soy sauce. Gently mix everything. If the lemongrass is sticking to the pan, add a few tablespoons of water. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then switch off the stove.
  • Add fresh lime juice and cilantro/ spring onion greens. Enjoy with rice or noodles.


  1. Take fresh lemongrass stalks and remove all the woody layers otherwise, it will spoil the dish.
  2. Add salt only if required as the soy sauce is salty too and we have also added salt while baking tofu.
  3. More recipe tips and tricks are given within the post above. Please follow them to make this recipe.


Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 8mg