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Spicy Garlic Crispy Tofu

by: claire cary

This spicy garlic crispy tofu recipe is so easy to make, baked in the oven (or air fryer!) and then tossed in a delicious spicy chili garlic sauce. This vegan tofu recipe is gluten free and perfect for a simple family dinner.
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 1 hr
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Ingredients

Tofu

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • cup breadcrumbs

Sauce

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  • Remove the tofu from the package and drain off the excess liquid.
  • Cut into 1 inch cubes.
  • Place on a flat serve with a towel on top and place a heavy object on top. Press for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss with the soy sauce/tamari, then the cornstarch and garlic, then the breadcrumbs.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Try to keep each piece evenly space to ensure they're all able to get crispy.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce in a small pan on the stove.
  • Bring to a low boil, then let simmer, whisking occasionally, until thick.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Let the tofu cool for a few minutes once it has baked, then toss with the sauce and serve immediately.
  • I served with jasmine rice, steamed broccoli, avocado and carrots. Enjoy!

Notes

For the sauce, I used coconut sugar, but any kind of granulated sugar will work.
You can sub the cornstarch for arrowroot or tapioca, but I have best results with cornstarch.
EXTRA firm tofu is key for crispy tofu, please don't sub for another kind!
Serving: 1cup / Calories: 227kcal / Carbohydrates: 34g / Protein: 12g / Fat: 5g / Fiber: 2g / Sugar: 12g

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