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Crispy Tofu with Spicy Chili Crisp Peanut Sauce

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Crispy Tofu with Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce and Scallions

House rule? No boring tofu allowed.

This Crispy Tofu with Spicy Chili Crisp Peanut Sauce delivers. It is one of my favorite tofu preparations to date and it has earned a permanent spot in our dinner rotation.

Today’s recipe was lightly inspired by this reader-favorite No-Cook Spicy Tofu. The flavor profiles are similar, but the texture and effect is very different. If you’re a tofu skeptic, I have a feeling this dish will turn you into a believer!

Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce

Why You’ll Love This Crispy Tofu:

Torn tofu chunks (we’re going for maximum texture!) are coated in oil and cornstarch, baked until light and crispy, and tossed with an incredibly flavorful, umami-packed sauce made from three ingredients: spicy chili crisp, peanut butter, and soy sauce.

We top everything off with lots of sliced scallions, chopped cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds for contrast.

There is something about crispy food (tofu, chicken, vegetables!) tossed with a creamy, spicy sauce that truly irresistible.

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce

Spicy Chili Crisp Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

  • SPICY CHILI CRISP: there are many different kinds of spicy chili crisp and flavors and ingredients can vary brand to brand. This recipe was developed using Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp, the classic cult-favorite and my favorite. It is delightfully crunchy, garlicky, and gets its signature heat from Szechuan pepper powder. For ease and best price, I like to order large jars of it from Amazon! Note: Be sure to stir the jar well before measuring as the mixture settles.
  • CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER: a touch of natural peanut butter (ideally, unsalted) adds creaminess and heft to the sauce.
  • SOY SAUCE: for added flavor and seasoning. If you’re using salted peanut butter, reach for the reduced sodium variety!

Other Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • LIMES: fresh lime juice adds a lovely and much-needed punch of acid!
  • SCALLIONS: we’re adding lots of sliced scallions (green onions). They add lots of texture and vibrancy to this dish.
  • CILANTRO: for freshness and added flavor.
  • SESAME SEEDS: technically optional, but I love the color and contrast they offer.
How to Make Crispy Tofu:

To make crispy tofu, the first and most important step is to remove as much moisture from the tofu as possible. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to press tofu without any special kitchen tools or equipment.

The key to the crispiest tofu? Tearing the tofu into chunks (to make lots of nooks and crannies!) and tossing in cornstarch. Don’t skip either! While pan-frying does yield the crispiest texture, it requires a more attention, time, and oil.

For that reason, I’ve opted for the oven for this preparation. Baked tofu doesn’t get quite as crispy as pan-fried tofu, but it does the job. Here’s how to do it!

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Chili Crisp Peanut Sauce

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Hi, I’m Laura! I’m a professionally trained chef. A Beautiful Plate is a website dedicated to simplifying the art of cooking and sourdough bread. Here you’ll find flavor-forward, approachable recipes and tips to help you become a more confident cook!

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