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Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce



  • 200g firm tofu
  • 2tablespoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • oil, for frying
  • Sauce

  • 1tablespoon peanut butter (i used crunchy)
  • 3tablespoons skim milk or 3 tablespoons soymilk or 3 tablespoons coconut milk (will do)
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1teaspoon soy sauce or 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1tablespoon chili sauce or 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1dash chili flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Drain tofu (i pressed gently between paper towels).
  2. Cut into bite-sized cubes.
  3. Toss with cornstarch, coating the cubes.
  4. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper.
  5. Heat some oil (about 3-4 tablespoon, just ensure pan is coated).
  6. Fry the tofu cubes in batches, making sure all sides are lightly browned.
  7. Drain on paper towels, then sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Sauce: Heat the milk in small saucepan (you can make sauce in microwave too).
  9. Add peanut butter, stirring well.
  10. Add other seasonings, according to personal taste (I love spicy food, so i added LOTS of chilli flakes!). If you use coconut milk, add 1/2 – 1 tsp of lime juice too – it will be great!
  11. Serve hot, as a snack or appetizer. Sometimes i serve them with a sweet Chinese dessert: Green Bean Soup.

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