Vegan Mapo Tofu


When you're short on time and you're in need of something nutritious, then this quick vegan mapo tofu will certainly satisfy your taste buds. This is an authentic Sichuan-style mapo tofu, which is both spicy and aromatic.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil

  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons fermented black beans, roughly chopped

  • 2 green onions, white parts only, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoons chili bean paste (doubanjiang)

  • 1 (14 ounce) container silken tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon chile oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 3 tablespoons peanuts, chopped


  1. Mix vegetable broth, maple syrup, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a bowl.

  2. Heat peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, black beans, green onions, garlic, ginger, and Sichuan peppercorns. Saute until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add chili bean paste and the soy sauce mixture. Cook and stir until thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tofu; cook until heated through, about 1 minute more.

  3. Transfer cooked tofu to a serving dish; drizzle chile oil and sesame oil on top. Top with chopped peanuts.

Cook's Note:

For a non-vegan version, substitute honey for the maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
16g Fat
16g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 658mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 300mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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