Believe us when we say that this Asian-inspired vegan hoisin tofu is an absolute dream! This rich, sweet and salty dish with ginger, garlic and coriander notes is packed with flavour, simple to make and ready in under 30 minutes.
We’re massive tofu fans so we love experimenting with different flavours and seasonings. People often think of tofu as being a bland ingredient lacking flavour. But, let us tell you, it’s all about your seasonings!
This rich and incredibly flavourful hoisin sauce, which has its origins in the Chinese Cuisine, adds a lot of flavour to your dish. Learn our go-to technique for perfect hoisin tofu that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! Just 1 pan and 4 ingredients required.
What exactly is tofu?
Tofu is a plant based food made of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks. Like most soya products, it has its origin in China, where it has been consumed for over 2,000 years.
Its texture, neutral taste and protein content make it a popular meat replacement. For this recipe, tofu provides a great vegan alternative to duck.
Tofu’s health benefits
Tofu is a versatile ingredient with many health benefits. It’s a lovely source of protein and contains several anti-inflammatory, antioxidant phyto-chemicals making it a great addition to an anti-inflammatory diet. Tofu is also a valuable plant source of iron and calcium– in addition to fibre, potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese.
We love pan-frying tofu and it is ideal for making this vegan hoisin tofu. Pan-frying is probably the simplest and quickest method for this recipe. It will save you time in the kitchen and result in crispy, golden-brown tofu with a lot less fuss.
Vegan hoisin tofu: serving ideas
This hoisin tofu is especially delicious served with rice, spring onions, sesame seeds and fresh coriander. Alternatively, serve it alongside rice noodles, salads even just enjoy it on its own with a little extra hoisin sauce drizzled over the top.
Why you’ll love this hoisin tofu:
Our simple hoisin marinade adds amazing texture and flavour to tofu and will go with just about any other Chinese or Asian-inspired flavours. Moreover, it makes a lovely accompaniment to grilled veggies and grains like couscous or quinoa.
This vegan hoisin tofu recipe calls for basic ingredients but yields amazing flavor. The tofu’s versatile texture is perfect for absorbing the hoisin flavour and develops lovely crispy notes with a great depth of flavour.
This dish can easily be made gluten-free. Simply make sure that you’re using hoisin sauce, that doesn’t contain any wheat.
We hope you LOVE this vegan hoisin tofu recipe! It’s:
Total cooking time: 30 minutes | Serves: 2 | Easy
- 1 block/400g tofu, pressed
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp powdered or fresh ginger
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 6 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 200g rice
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- Cut tofu into 1cm thick slices.
- Add peanut oil and sesame oil to a non-stick frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add tofu slices to the pan and stir to coat with oil. Season with garlic powder, ginger, salt and pepper.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Evenly pour hoisin sauce onto the browned tofu pieces and stir until all slices 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 rice or stir-fried veggies. Top with sesame seeds, spring onions and coriander.
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