Pan-Fried Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce

I made some Thai food the other day and decided to make some Pan-fried Tofu with a Peanut Dipping Sauce as an appetizer to tie-in with the rest of the meal. It was really easy to make and tasted good too. I came across this recipe by Ellie Krieger for the Peanut dipping sauce.. it was a bit sharp because of the fresh ginger-garlic and shallot combo but it paired well with the blander tofu.

Pan-Fried Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce


For the Tofu:
Extra-firm Tofu - 1/2 lb
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - upto 2 tbsp

Peanut Dipping Sauce:
Creamy Peanut Butter - 1/2 cup
Vegetable Broth or hot water - 1/4 cup
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece, minced
Garlic - 1/2 tsp, minced
Chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
Thai Red curry paste - 1 tsp
Brown Sugar - to taste
Lime Juice - a splash
Salt, to taste
Shallot - 1/2 of a small one, minced (optional)

1) Drain the tofu, wrap with towels and place a weight on top so all the water drains away. Cut tofu into 1.5 inch pieces and toss with chilli powder and salt.

2) Heat a tbsp of oil in a skillet, put half the tofu pieces and fry on both sides till golden brown. Repeat this with another batch of tofu.

3) For the Peanut dipping sauce, blend all the ingredients until smooth to a thick dipping sauce consistency.


  1. yum! looks great laavanya..ur tofu is so brown and crunchy!

  2. Anything Thai for me, I go crazy for this cuisine. Tofu looks so soft n crisp!

  3. I love the Peanut sauce, graet with Satay chicken too. Tofu looks yum!:))

  4. It looks really good. Once i made tofu and my hubby said it had no taste. I think i should try something like you do

  5. Sounds good, I guess we can try this with paneer too. Sauce recipe is great.

  6. Perfect for me, thought I'd have to use paneer for my family instead of Tofu:) but I love the peanut sauce, looks great!!

  7. love peanut sauce....looks grt...

  8. I see you have a palette for oriental cooking. And I like that :)

  9. Looks yummy! I am not a big fan of tofu, but i think the combo will go well and I don't mind the tofu in that case :)

  10. that looks good. I am not a fan of tofu though. the sauce looks nice.

  11. I like your dipping sauce. I want to try this and have all the ingredients except for the thai red curry paste:-(

  12. That looks so good. I make red curry often, next time I'll add an appetizer to the menu. Your peanut dipping sauce looks yummy. Wanna put my finger in and hava a lick right now.

  13. there are so many variations we can do while cooking tofu and that too without thinking bout the calories and fat....this looks nice and easy

  14. laavanya,
    Fried tofu looks great with peanut sauce. i posted a similiar recipe with paneer sometime back.

  15. thi must have tasted sooo good. thanks for the recipe.

  16. Great tofu recipe laavanya! Slurp! slurp! Very nice sauce too! I am waiting for november, to try all this! whole month will be preparation from other blogs. and a few of your recipes are already bookmarked dear!:))

  17. :D - I made ditto today for lunch with Paneer - Added curds and chopped veggies to make it a semi dry dish on the side for thayir sadam.

    Peanuts add such an awesome flavour - yummy.

  18. We make a "non curry" with fried tofu, this chutney looks yummmmmmmmy..

  19. yummm....absolutely yummm.......a great snack.....:-) Nice one Lavs :-)

  20. i'm all for that yummy sauce :)

  21. ooh, just bought some i know what to do with it other than stare at it ;)

  22. Thank you Rajitha. Maybe because of the fat content in the tofu itself, it didn't require too much oil while shallow frying either.

    You should try this then padma.

    Asha, my husband loves it with satay chicken too but at home he has no choice except for veg. food :)

    Happy Cook, I've made my husband like tofu with the Tofu Scramble and this recipe (both in my blog). There's one more spicy dish I make but haven't posted yet - TOfu Sambal. These make sure that it's not too bland.

    Rina, yes, paneer should work too.

    Mansi, maybe this will make them like tofu? The peanut sauce was very good.

    Thank you Dhivya and Remya.

    Suganya... oh yes.. we definitely do have an affinity for oriental cooking.

    Tee, my husband is not exactly a fan of tofu but when paired with something that will overcome it's actual taste, he's happy.

    Thank you Sharmi.

    TBC, I don't think you'll miss too much flavor if you omit the red curry paste. I remember making the dip once without it. You could maybe soak a red chilli and grind it with a few toasted coriander seeds to substitute the red curry paste. It should work.

    Kribha, I love red curry too. Do try this and let me know.

    Right Bhags, tofu can be pretty versatile.

    Prajusha.. I will check out your recipe. Thanks.

    Thank you Bee... it was good indeed.

    Latha mami, that's awfully sweet of you. I can't wait to see all the dishes you cook up in November and what a neat idea to allocate a month of cooking from other blogs!

    Lakshmi, that sounds really good.

    Seena, you should try this next time. Thanks

    Thank you Sirisha and Richa for your kind words.

    Dhana, I hope you try it and like it. :)

  23. looks gr8. hope it taste gr8 too.

  24. Hmm toasted tofu and sauce looks yum, this is a must try Lavanya. will try it this week.

  25. love that sauce idea lavanya... thank u for sharing... i never get that bright golden brown tofus.... :(

  26. Interesting laavanya! Love that sauce. Viji

  27. That sauce looks wonderful... Good combination! hmm....

  28. Delicious. BTW will it work with peanut powder or do we need to go for the cream ?

  29. love the peanut dip/sauce... im a new entry here :).. i Been checking ur blog for recipes andtaking prints to home and try them :) I am a tofu lover and i just got 2 firm tofu' s during the weekend.Sure will try the marinated tofu andthe peanut sauce


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