Stir-Fried Sweet Chili Tofu

"Looking for meal prep ideas? I got your covered! This stir-fried sweet chili tofu is one of my favorite tofu recipes and I looove having it with rice! I usually cook up a batch then pack it in separate containers then have it for 3 or so meals. Really perfect for when you have busy days like I do as a student."
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Tossing tofu in cornstarch before pan frying results in a crispy coating, perfect for drizzling with a quick homemade sweet chili sauce!

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Prep time 35mins
Cook time 25mins
Serves or Makes: 5-6

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For the Tofu


  • 2 (14 ounce) blocks extra firm tofu, cubed and pressed to drain 5-10 minutes
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, sliced `
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, for frying

For the Sweet Chili Sauce


  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder,
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  • Step 1

    Make the sweet chili sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk the garlic, cornstarch, maple syrup, coconut sugar, chili powder, tamari and sesame oil until combined. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, toss the tofu, cornstarch and salt until evenly coated. In a frying pan, heat sesame oil until ripples form and fry the tofu until crisp and golden, rotating as needed, remove when golden and crisp, 8-10 minutes. In the same pan, sauté peppers and onions until softened, 5 minutes. Add tofu and sauce to pan and cook until sauce is slightly thickened and aromatic, 2-3 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Serve with a bowl of rice.