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Hot and Sour Tofu

  • Author: Gianna Nebbia
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: vegetarian
  • Method: Braising, tofu
  • Cuisine: Chinese, American


A delightful hot and sour sauce makes tofu an exciting vegetarian dish.


  • 1 Block of firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup of sliced baby Bella and/or shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of sliced carrots
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 2 scallions, sliced, whites and green separated
  • 1.5 Tb gochujang
  • 1.5 Tb white miso paste
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 Tb soy sauce
  • 1Tb rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sake
  • Olive oil and sesame oil, for sautéing
  • Salt, pepper, black garlic if you have it. 
  • Chopped herbs such as cilantro, basil, or mint
  • Rice for serving


  1. Wrap the block of tofu in a kitchen towel and place a heavy pan over it for approximately 10 minutes. 
  2. While your tofu's liquid is being extracted, prepare your vegetables as stated above.  
  3. Make your simmering liquid by combining the gochujang, lime juice, rice vinegar, miso paste, soy sauce, and sake, if using, with 1/2 cup of water. Set it aside. 
  4. Cut tofu twice length wise, so you have 3 thin, flat slabs of tofu. Then cut them 3 times crosswise in both directions to make cubes. 
  5. Heat 2Tb olive oil and a drop of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, arrange tofu in an even layer in the pan. Cook for at least 2 minutes undisturbed, or until the bottom of the tofu becomes lightly browned. Flip each piece, season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of black garlic if using, and cook for 1-2 minutes on the second side. Remove from pan and place on a plate to the side. 
  6. Add more olive oil to the pan if most of it was soaked up by the tofu and add the carrots and scallion whites. Sauté for 3 minutes until carrots start to soften. 
  7. Add the mushrooms and peppers and sauté for 3 minutes longer, until mushrooms start to soften and take on color as well. Add the hot and sour sauce and allow it to deglaze the pan for about 1 minute. Then stir in the tofu and scallion greens. Cook until most of the liquid has reduced and the tofu and vegetables are coated in sauce. 
  8. Serve over rice topped with fresh herbs. 

Keywords: hot and sour tofu

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