Crispy Tofu with Hoisin Sauce Recipe! A quick & easy, high-protein meal! Serve with your favorite stir-fried veggies for the perfect dinner! Vegan and gluten-free!
It is no secret that I adore Asian food! From these to this to these…my love for Asian-inspired dishes knows no bounds. This Crispy Hoisin Tofu Recipe is a quick and easy, high-protein meal that my entire family loves! Seriously! Everyone, from my meat-and-potatoes husband to my sweet baby girl, loves this crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, hoisin sauce-crusted tofu! Serve with your favorite stir-fried veggies and you have yourself the perfect dinner! Plus this recipe is gluten-free and vegan!
I enjoy tofu immensely…if it is extra-firm and extra well-done. Texture is everything to me…which is why this Crispy Hoisin tofu is one of my favorites. This tofu is perfectly crispy on all sides and crusted with the most delicious combination of spices and hoisin sauce.
How do you make tofu crispy?
- Brown the tofu in oil Begin by cooking the tofu in a mixture of peanut & sesame oil until it’s golden brown on one side.
- Add seasonings. Once your tofu is sufficiently browned on one side, add the seasonings and cook some more, stirring to ensure it is evenly browned.
- Add hoisin sauce. Once all sides of the crispy tofu have reached golden-brown perfection, add the hoisin sauce and cook until it’s nicely crusted and crunchy on the outside. The sauce caramelizes and leaves you with sweet and salty, richly flavored, crispy bites of tofu that you will love so much you won’t want to share!
Serving suggestions for Crispy Tofu
This tofu is best when served with stir-fried veggies and noodles or rice! However, I recommend that you serve it separately (i.e. do not add it to the veggies you are stir-frying) to preserve the crispiness!
Retaining the Crispiness
Before you begin cooking the tofu, turn set your oven on to warm. Once it the crispy tofu has finished cooking, transfer it to an oven-safe dish and put in the oven while you cook up your veggies!
Crispy Hoisin Tofu: Substitutions
As always I recommend making this recipe exactly as written! But here are a few possible substitutions!
- Extra Firm Tofu: Personally, I prefer extra firm to every other kid of tofu out there, however you can use whichever firmness your prefer except for silken!
- Spices: Feel free to spice this up however you see fit! I’m feeding little kids so we keep it simple and mild, but you can let your imagination run wild!
- Peanut/Sesame Oil: If you do not have peanut oil or have an peanut allergy in your family, you can substitute another mild-flavored oil (olive, avocado, canola, etc.). However please (pretty please) do not leave out the sesame oil. It imparts a richness of flavor that cannot be achieved without any other oil variety out there!
- Hoisin Sauce: For a gluten-free variety I recommend this gluten-free hoisin sauce!
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Crispy Tofu with Hoisin Sauce
- Place your tofu in a fine-mesh strainer or colander and rinse. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, powdered ginger, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Cut the tofu into 1” cubes.
- Add peanut oil and sesame oil to a non-stick frying pan and heat over medium heat.
- Add cubed tofu pieces to the pan and stir to coat with oil.
- Cook tofu for 5 minutes or until browned on one side.
- Sprinkle with your seasoning mix and stir until coated.
- Continue cooking until all sides are light-medium brown. (about 10-15 minutes)
- Evenly pour hoisin sauce onto the browned tofu pieces and stir until all your cubes are evenly coated with sauce.
- Cook for 5 more minutes, or until the tofu becomes dark brown and crispy.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately over stir-fried veggies or your favorite rice/noodles!
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