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Chili Crunch Tofu


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x

Description

Crispy baked tofu tossed with a 2-ingredient sweet, sticky, and spicy chili sauce!


Ingredients

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Chili Crunch Tofu:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup Yum Yum sauce (affiliate link)
  • 1 tablespoon chili crisp (affiliate link)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Extras for Serving:

  • 1 1/2 cups rice, uncooked (see notes for the cauli rice I like to make!)
  • 1/4 cup green onions for topping

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepping the Tofu: Cut tofu in half so you have two even, flat pieces. Press the moisture out of the tofu, using paper towels or a towel. (The more water you remove, the faster it will crisp up in the oven, but I usually don't spend more than 5-10 minutes here.) Cut tofu into cubes and transfer to a bowl. Add cornstarch, soy sauce, and olive oil. Toss gently to coat. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth, but just try to generally get all the pieces semi-covered.
  3. Prepare Rice: Cook rice according to package instructions. 
  4. Bake the Tofu: Transfer to the baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice, to get the tofu evenly browned and crispy.
  5. Make the Sauce: Mix Yum Yum sauce and chili crisp in a small bowl.
  6. Mix Tofu and Sauce: When the tofu is done, toss it with several tablespoons of sauce, reserving sauce for topping.
  7. Serve: Serve with rice, on a salad, noodles, whatever you like. Dollop with extra sauce if you want, and top with green onions. OOO-eee this is good!

Notes

How to Make Cauliflower Garlic Rice: This is totally optional - just something I enjoy with this tofu if I can handle one extra sheet pan in the mix. On a separate sheet pan, add a bag of cauliflower rice. Drizzle with oil and season generously with salt. Add to the oven at the same time as the tofu; roast until very browned and flavorful, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add about 2 cups cooked rice directly to the pan, along with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and a squeeze of lemon. Toss to combine, return to the oven for a minute to warm it all up, and you're done!

Nutrition: The nutrition info below is only for the tofu and does not include rice.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: baked tofu, spicy tofu, tofu bowl