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My Chilli Tofu

chilli tofu

Everyone loves a great big plate of chilli paneer, but what do you do when you don’t want to be counting the calories every time you take a bite of that soft, spicy, yummy cheese? You make my chilli tofu! Sounds simple, huh? It really is. Here’s my recipe.


2 cups tofu, cubed and shallow fried (or grilled if you’re feeling particularly healthy)
2 peppers, sliced
2 small onions, sliced
4 spring onions (scallions), sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 mild red chillies, sliced (less or more according to your taste)
2 tbsp light soy sauce
½ tsp sugar
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Salt to taste (I didn’t add any as the soy sauce is already quite salty for me)
½ tsp Chinese 5 Spice powder

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1. Marinate the tofu in the soy sauce, chillies and five spice powder. Cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour (the longer the better).

2. Heat the oil in a wok and add all the ingredients minus the spring onions and tofu, stir fry for 3 minutes. Add the tofu and marinade. Cook on a high heat for a further 2 minutes. Add the spring onions, salt and sugar. Remove from the heat.


– Adding the tofu to the marinade straight after frying or grilling will improve its absorbency.
– Top with sesame seeds for a pretty and tasty garnish or alternatively drizzle with a little sesame oil.

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Tuesday 6th of October 2009

Thank you! Let me know how it goes!

Cook Japan

Tuesday 6th of October 2009

this looks lovely - definitely one i'll try