Tofu in Spicy Peanut Sauce
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Thai
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed and drained
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz. can green chiles or 1 fresh green chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. fresh chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish
  1. Cut the tofu in half and slice each half into 4 pieces for a total of 8 tofu slices.
  2. Mix the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper together and season the tofu slices with the blend.
  3. Heat 1 Tbs. vegetable oil in a deep saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Cook the tofu slices until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the tofu to a plate and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and saute the onion until softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the bell pepper and the chiles and cook another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the carrots, ginger and garlic and cook for 4 minutes or until the carrots begin to soften.
  8. Add in the broth and simmer until it reduces by half.
  9. Stir in the peanut butter and tomato paste. Mix so that the veggies are coated in both.
  10. Add the diced tomatoes, thyme and coconut milk.
  11. Stir everything and let cook for 3 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add more coconut milk or broth. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
  12. Return the tofu slices to the pan and coat with the sauce. When the tofu has heated back through, turn off the heat.
  13. Spoon brown rice on the plates and top with tofu slices.
  14. Add more sauce as desired. Garnish with parsley or cilantro. Serve hot.
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