Super Simple Spicy Fried Tofu

This recipe is adapted from a local tofu maker that frequents neighborhood farmers markets. It's vegetarian and vegan friendly and tastes great - even non-vegetarians love it! Spicy garlic sauce is a staple ingredient in many Vietnamese dishes and creates a spicy-sweet combination with the brown sugar.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (10 ounce) package fried tofu

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce, or more to taste

  • 2 green onions, chopped (Optional)


  1. Drain tofu, rinse, and pat dry. Cut into squares.

  2. Heat sesame oil in a wok over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add red pepper and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Stir in tofu and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, and chili-garlic sauce. Mix together and cook for 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute tamari for soy sauce if desired.

Substitute palm sugar for brown sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
18g Fat
20g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 42mg 209%
Calcium 284mg 22%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 245mg 5%

* 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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