Isabelle Boucher

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce

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I firmly believe that any food is instantly a million times more delicious when deep-fried until crispy, and that’s certainly true as far as tofu is involved.

I know deep-frying pretty much cancels out any of the health benefits you’d normally get from tofu, but who cares when you’re gobbling down these delicious golden-brown puffs? A sweet-and-tangy dipping sauce made with The Bee’s Knees peanut butter rounds things out for a tasty snack or appetizer that will have even the tofu doubters asking for seconds.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce ingredients

For the tofu bites
1 package (14-ounce) extra-firm tofu
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying

For the peanut sauce
1/4 cup The Bee’s Knees peanut butter
1/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

Procedure

1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels, place on a plate, and then top with a heavy cutting board. Let stand for about 30 minutes to press out most of the moisture from the tofu.

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce - Wrap the tofu in paper towels, place on a plate, and then top with a heavy cutting board.

2. While the tofu is draining, prepare the peanut sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together The Bee’s Knees peanut butter, boiling water, hoisin sauce, lime juice and Sriracha until smooth. Set aside.

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce - In a small bowl, whisk together The Bee's Knees peanut butter, boiling water, hoisin sauce, lime juice and Sriracha until smooth.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Unwrap the drained tofu and cut into 1″ cubes. Toss the cubes in the corn starch mixture until well coated.

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce - Unwrap the drained tofu and cut into 1" cubes. Toss the cubes in the corn starch mixture until well coated.

4. Pour 1″ of oil into a large heavy-bottomed pan set over medium-high heat, and heat to 375°F. Working in batches of 4-5 cubes at a time to avoid overcrowding the pan, shallow fry the tofu for 3-5 minutes or until golden-brown on all sides, turning occasionally. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce - Shallow fry the tofu for 3-5 minutes or until golden-brown on all sides, turning occasionally

5. Serve the tofu while it’s still piping hot and crispy, with a small bowl of dipping sauce on the side.

Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Sauce - Serve the tofu while it's still piping hot and crispy, with a small bowl of dipping sauce on the side.

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What other foods would you eat with this sweet and spicy peanut sauce?

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16 Responses to Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce

  1. Kathryn Voss says:

    Chicken and veggie stir fry!

  2. Kelli says:

    I’d use it on soba noodles.

  3. Maria Monaco says:

    Shrimp and veggie spring rolls!

  4. Ann O. says:

    I’d use bay scallops and shrimp with this yummy looking sauce! Love anything w/ Sweet/Spicy as part of it’s name!!

  5. Skye says:

    I would definitely make use of this peanut sauce by pouring it over noodles (probably ramen or spaghetti), fried rice, or simply use it as a dip for veggies. 🙂

  6. Dandi D says:

    I would use the sauce on chicken and roll it up in tortillas.

  7. Eric G. says:

    I love shrimp and satay sauce!!

  8. Jessica says:

    Some Asian noodles and chicken!

  9. Amy P says:

    chicken and steamed vegetables

  10. Jessica says:

    A burger with bacon and caramelized onions!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Might be a little too spicy for my taste but I would try it with an Asian stir fry

  12. Joy says:

    A black bean burger!

  13. megan says:

    I would make this as a salad dressing for my kale and cabbage slaw. Even could make a good savory dip for sweet potato fries

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Crispy Tofu Bites with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce