Spicy Peanut Tofu (+ A Giveaway)

I have a confession.

I’ve been a vegetarian for about 7 years, and I’ve never prepared tofu. (There was that one time when Brett made me dinner, and I watched him cook tofu. Does that count?) I know, I’m a poor excuse for a vegetarian ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thankfully, the awesome folks at ย Nasoyaย offered to send me the Spork Foods,ย Spork-Fed cookbook, and some coupons for tofu, so I could give this a try! (They also gave me some awesome shorts. More on that later.) I flipped through the cookbook, which has tons of vegan recipes. They don’t all use tofu but I wanted to try one of those, because I’m always looking for a new adventure.

I flipped to this recipe with spicy peanut sauce, and since I love all things peanut, I figured this would be a good place to start. I did make some tweaks and substitutions along the way, based on what I had in my kitchen. I don’t keep as many vegan products on hand these days, so I had to get a little creative.

Tofu Satay with a Decadent Peanut Sauce

Based on the recipe from Spork-Fed Cookbook

Tofu Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (it called for rice, I used regular)
  • 1 tbsp natural tasting high heat oil, plus 2 tablespoons (I used coconut)
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar (I used plain granulated sugar)
  • 2 tbsp tamari (I omitted this)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground pepper

Peanut Sauce ingredients

(I changed this a lot, so it’s not quite like the original!)

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp red pepper flakes

First things first, you have to press your tofu. I just put mine on a plate, and stacked another plate on top of the tofu, and topped with some heavy books. After an hour or so, it was good to go! I sliced it into 8 triangles. Then I mixed together the next 6 ingredients, and marinated the tofu in that for about an hour. While that was marinating, I mixed together the peanut sauce.

I just grilled the tofu on my George Foreman for about 3 minutes. You could also use a grill pan (or a regular grill) but I didn’t have either of those, so George did just fine! I had the peanut sauce on the side for dipping, and ate this with some mix veggies stir fried in soy sauce.

And now, you have a chance to win some goodies of your own!

One lucky reader will win:

  • A copy of theย Spork Fedย cookbook
  • (5) Coupons for one free Nasoya tofu product
  • A pair ofย Tofu Uย gym shorts; (Tofu U is Nasoyaโ€™s online tofu college teaching users how to press, prep and cook tofu)

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use or cook with tofu!ย [If you have a link to a favorite recipe, I’d love to see those, too.]

You can get a bonus entry for ย liking my Facebook page! (Just let me another comment so I know that you did!) The winner will be announced on Friday!

Good luck!


  1. I tried making a peanut sauce before, but it didn’t quite turn out how I expected. I will definitely have to try out this recipe!

  2. I’ve actually never cooked with tofu… Only tried the premade stuff at Trader Joe’s or gotten it from the salad bar. I like eating it, but the TJ tofu incident was not a good one…

  3. I can’t believe you’ve never prepared tofu before…how does that happen? Actually, tofu satay with peanut sauce is probably my favourite tofu recipe!

  4. My favorite way to prepare tofu is from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty! It’s tofu with brussel sprouts and shiitake mushrooms with a sweet and spicy chile sauce. It’s divine and I have it at least twice a month. Very easy to prepare!

    Here’s the recipe from Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/sweet-and-spicy-brussels-sprouts-with-tofu-and-mushrooms-recipe.html

  5. Love making tofu every once in a while, so yummy and a fun change up to the meal routine! Here’s my favorite way to make it, I like the smaller cubes since it really firms/crisps up the outside which makes the texture more palatable for moi ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also really enjoyed this recipe as well if you’re lookin for somethin’ different!

  6. Okay I’m a bad semi vegetarain also… I’ve never actually prepared tofu. Eaten it yes, but never cooked it. I once had a house guest who cooked it at my house (does that count?) but he prepared it plain (how wrong is that?) with plain quinoa (still wrong).

  7. My favorite way is to put tofu in stir fry. I know, I know, not very creative but my husband and I are always mixing in different seasonings for variation. You can also add in different vegetables for more of a Thai dish (broccoli, carrots, peanut sauce, soy sauce) or Mexican dish (black beans, corn, cumin, cilantro, tofu.) Stir fry is our favorite go-to dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I cooked with tofu once, it went horribly wrong. I haven’t had it since.

  9. I haven’t cooked with tofu – unless you count using it as an egg substitute in brownie mix… I’ve had it cooked for me. Sometimes I like it, sometimes not. Depends on how it’s prepared. I recently had it in a dish from Pei Wei and was surprised it wasn’t in little cubes, but sliced and looking a lot like meat. I didn’t like it as well that way.

    Does pressing the tofu give it a more meat-like texture? Never heard of pressing it before.

    • Pressing it gets rid of the water, and improves the texture. I’m still not sure I’d say it’s like a meat texture (although I haven’t had it in so long I might not remember!) but it’s definitely a better texture for things like stir fries, if it’s a little more firm. Pressing the water out ahead of time is easy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. To be honest, tofu is not in my usual rotation when I’m cooking either! However, it’s such a protein powerhouse that I’ve been wanting to incorporate it into more foods. This recipe above looks delish! I’d love to try that one out.

  11. Tofu is definitly something tricky to make. It seems so easy, but you really have to cook it right. I think when I first became a vegetarian I still cooked it, but I definitly wasn’t doing it right. I’ve never had much luck with peanut butter and savory dishes, but this looks so amazing! I think I’ll have to try it.

    • Haha it took me a little while to get used to peanut as a sauce (and not a sweet!) but now I love it! I make so many peanut sauces. I think I could cover anything in peanut sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been eating tofu since…forever! (that Asian 1/2 of me…ya know. LOL) I LOVE the peanut sauce! I will def be trying that!
    We (my mom and I) let it drain-or press–and fry it in sesame oil with sesame seeds–with chopped green onions-until the outside is a little crispy. Then it is served with soy sauce for dipping. It is a staple of our “ban chan”–which are “side dishes” served with Korean food. yum…..
    (oh…and I like you on FB!)

  13. I love tofu … when it’s prepared for me haha. I’ve tried making it before, but I just can’t seem to get the flavoring correct. My favorite tofu dish is offered as a “small bite” at a local salad restaurant. It’s fried (of course) so that it is crispy and smothered in sesame sauce. Mmmmm delicious.

  14. I love roasting tofu, so good. I really even like making tofu mousse out of it. I love their products so winning would be awesome!

  15. I liked you on fb!

  16. My go-to with tofu is almost always stir fry with tons of veggies on top of cabbage slaw. It’s fast, easy, and healthy. I’ve been branching out though and using tofu in Mexi meals as well as Italian.

  17. I really like using tofu to make dairy-free french silk pie…silken tofu, cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla make the filling and you can put it in a homemade graham cracker crust or a prepared store one…once my friends and I used a prepared Oreo crust (sooo pathetically easy of us – but it was DELICIOUS)

  18. i liked your page on facebook!

  19. Oh my god, THOSE SHORTS. I want them, haha. My newest tofu obsession is making creamy tofu-based sauces (made a vegan tartar sauce this weekend) and creams–whipped cream, to be specific!

  20. Love love love spicy peanut sauces! It took me awhile to get the courage to try tofu too. I was always kind of scared of it

  21. I was also a tofu virgin until very recently and now i’m addicted. I found it hard to narrow done my favourite tofu recipes to just one so i picked 2 instead.
    -i some times get lazy and just add a simply tomato sauce.

    -i use a green pepper if we have no cucumber

    I have to admit i’m not a huge fan of peanut butter but i think i will give this recipe a go as it looks amazing.

  22. I like to roast tofu cubes with the sesame vinaigrette from Trader Joe’s….it’s seriously awesome!

  23. Yum! This recipe looks delicious. I’ve been on a peanut sauce kick lately but haven’t made a homemade version yet. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Lately I’ve been marinating my tofu in TJ’s Island Soyaki Sauce and then grilling it on my George Foreman. It’s SO delicious. If you’ve never tried that sauce, I highly recommend it. (:

  24. Sounds like a great recipe! I haven’t eaten meat for about 15 years, but I’d never tried tofu until very recently. We don’t have access to lots of tofu variety in the UK so the one we tried was pretty soggy, but hopefully I’ll try again and find a better one

  25. I love all pretty much any dish that has peanut butter involved so I’m sure I would love this.

    I really like marinating the herbed Twin Oaks tofu in a tamari, garlic and ginger sauce and using it in collard wraps. Amazing!

  26. This recipe sounds so good, and so simple! I already have everything to make it in my kitchen!

    I don’t cook with tofu a lot, but when I do, I like to slice it up and bake it.

  27. I like putting it in stirfry. Lots of veggies + tofu + Braggs/soy sauce + ginger + nutritional yeast and garlic. So yummy!

  28. this recipe has become a favorite of mine this summer: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2010/07/grilled-tofu-with-blueberry-peach-salsa.html

    also i was always feeling ridiculous pressing tofu with a bunch of paper towels and textbooks – this sucker has cut down on all that! http://www.tofuxpress.com/

  29. can’t believe you never had tofu before! guess we all have our go to foods!

  30. Holy yum this looks good! I love making my own marinades for tofu I definitely have to try this!

  31. I hadn’t prepared tofu myself for 6years until these past few months!! Now I loveee making it!

  32. Those gym shorts are so funny! And hilarious that you haven’t cooked w/tofu as a vegetarian but I enjoy tofu and I haven’t cooked w/it either! I’m scared! So winning this giveaway would help me out…my fave way to cook with it, since I don’t, is to order it whenever I can at a restaurant. This recipe looks great!

    • Haha I don’t know why it intimidates me!!! But it really wasn’t hard at all! (And it’s not like meat, where the consequences of cooking it “wrong” are way worse! haha)

  33. I love dry pan frying tofu to give it a chewy-crunchy outside and then top a salad with it.

  34. This looks delicious!!! I love tofu marinated in some BBQ sauce and then broiled so it’s nice and crispy on the outside. Second favorite is in some delicious pad thai ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Mmm this looks incredible! I love peanut sauces- they addso much flavor! My favorite way to use tofu is to bake it in little squares until it becomes chewy. Add some Braggs and I’m a very happy person:) I’m also a fan of tofu smoothies- it sounds gross but you can’t taste it and it gives them such a good texture. Gorgeous pics, too!

  36. I have never cooked with tofu either! My favorite dish with tofu in it is Miso soup. I bet it would be great in a veggie stir fry! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I also liked your Facebook page

  38. I have such a hard time making tofu. It really is hit or miss for me. I fond out recently though that the fresher the tofu the better it is. And my latest recipe attempt was by far my best. I dipped it in blackening seasoning and pan fried it. SO good.

  39. i love tofu!! in fact i had it for dinner tonight! my favorite way to prepare it is simply marinating it and then baking it but this recipe for blackened tofu is fantastic!! i think it tastes like chicken haha

  40. I’m not very creative when it comes to tofu, I usually just throw it into a stir fry or tofu breakfast scramble…I can’t help that I love these dishes lol

  41. I liked you on facebook!

  42. My favorite way to eat tofu is either in the stir fry or simply pan fried with a bit of soya sauce. I just like tofu ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Much like you, I have yet to prepare tofu for myself. Hence, this giveaway seems so perfect for me. As for recipes though, I would like to use silken tofu sometime to create a delightful chocolate pie (I hear they are amazing!).

  44. I can’t really enter since I just did this giveaway….but I love that you, too, tweeked the recipes. [Perhaps my only criticism of the book is it does seem to rely heavily on not-usually-on-hand-for-most-people vegan products. But I guess it IS a vegan cookbook….]

  45. Sometimes I use tofu in chili to “beef up” the protein!

  46. ohgoodgolly your recipe looks so superyumful! Makes me wanna go find a grill pronto!
    Tofu burgers are my favorite…some fabulous recipes:
    (Yes it’s from Choosing Raw but in this recipe they are cooked in a skillet or grill pan)

  47. I really prefer it pan fried. I have tried baking it, but it doesn’t turn out as well.

  48. I can’t believe you hadn’t prepared tofu before… your first try looks awesome! My two favorite ways to prepare tofu are 1) marinated in a soy sauce-garlic-ginger sauce and broiled, and 2) engagement tofu! Check out my recipe here: http://vegologyblog.com/2011/12/13/engagement-tofu/

  49. And I follow you on facebook of course!

  50. Tofu caprese salad is my jam I like yo fb

  51. I cook my tofu on my George Foreman grill and add Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

  52. Sounds a little boring, but I LOVE to use tofu in my stirfry. I just feel like it totally amps up a plain sitrfry and adds an extra boost of protein. I’ll be honest, I havent tried too much else with it because I’m a scaredy cat, but maybe I’ll have to branch out!

  53. I also liked your facebook page!

  54. oh my gosh those shorts are hilarious! I have used their silken tofu in the past for chocolate chip cookies or smoothies and those are amazing. I need to try my hand again and making a meal because I never quite get the seasoning right at home.

  55. Oh i LOVE this recipe. I will try it tonight since i have tofu in my fridge that needs to be eaten. I usually prepare my tofu by cutting it into thin strips and frying it in a little bit of EVO. I add this to my spring roll wraps. It adds an extra crunch. Sorry i dont have any links for you, but if i ever make this dish, i’ll post it on my blog.

  56. My fave way to eat tofu now is the crab-cake thing I blogged about… but my fave way to eat it is in chocolate cream pie! Mmmmm

  57. My favorite way to prepare tofu is marinating it with a homemade teriyaki sauce and baking it!

  58. My favorite way to prepare tofu is in pizza form, using it as the crust – SOO freakin good!

  59. And I liked your facebook page ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. I have been really wanting to try a peanut sauce lately! I love tofu simply broiled in the oven with various seasonings. I do not eat it very often, but when I do I just want it to be kept simple ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. What an awesome giveaway, Liz! I LOVE tofu! So versatile! I recently made a quinoa pasta with soybean soup where I pureed tofu to make the soup..so refreshing and satisfying! Usually I like to marinade in Asian dressing and pan-fry!

  62. I liked you on fb!

  63. I love tofu! Agedashi tofu (fried tofu in broth) is my favorite, but not the healthiest choice…haha! I recently saw a recipe for tofu tacos, I’d love to try it!

  64. My favorite tofu recipe is oven “fried” tofu. I first read about it on Eating Bird Food, shout out to Brittany! She posted a link to it. I believe it’s an adaptation of the Ellwood Thompson recipe. Delicious!!

  65. I also liked I Heart Vegetables on Facebook. Keep up the great work. Love to read your blog!

  66. I love love LOVE lettuce wraps and am not opposed to meatless meals, I eat a lot of them. Although I usually make lettuce wraps with chicken. Iโ€™m wondering about a little peanut sauce drizzled over the top? Have you tried it with peanut sauce? And Nora, I like the black bean idea. Happy Hump Day! Did I mention I love lettuce wraps?


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