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Salt and Pepper Tofu

Updated: Jul 11

Recipe this months thanks to the incredible team at Bosh!


400g of firm tofu

For the Tofu:

6 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp white pepper

½ tsp Chinese 5 spice

1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

For the Sauce:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

4 spring onions

4 garlic cloves

2 red chillies

½ tsp salt

½ tsp white pepper

½ tsp Chinese 5 spice

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

2 tbsp maple syrup

For Serving:

Sesame seeds

Spring onion


Prepare the tofu:

  • Gently squeeze the tofu to get rid of any excess liquid

  • Rip the tofu into roughly equal sized pieces

  • Add the cornflour, salt, pepper and Chinese five spice to a bowl and and stir to combine

  • Add the tofu pieces to the bowl and toss to coat and cover

  • Warm 1 inch vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat until the end of a wooden spoon gently fizzes with small bubbles

  • Lower the tofu into the wok and fry until golden and really crispy

  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the tofu to a plate lined with kitchen paper and set to one side

  • If you prefer, stick the coated tofu straight into the air fryer and fry at 200º for 15 minutes

Prepare the ingredients:

  • Trim the spring onions, finely slice and split the white and green parts

  • Peel and grate the garlic

  • Finely slice the chillies

Fry the tofu and serve:

  • Warm 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat

  • Add the white parts of the spring onion and the garlic to the oil and stir for 1 minute to cook through

  • Add the tofu to the wok and toss to coat

  • Stir the maple syrup and sweet chilli sauce together into a glaze then pour over the tofu until it's nice and glossy

  • Mix the salt, pepper and five spice in a small bowl to combine, sprinkle over the tofu and toss to coat

  • Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle the remaining spring onions and top with sesame seeds and serve immediately

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