Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Tofu

August  6, 2012
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

People often think tofu is boring, but they are wrong. Tofu just needs some fun friends to hang out with and it will become a star of the show. This recipe for Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Tofu is one of my most popular recipes on the blog and for a good reason. Not only is it quick to make, but it screams with a variety of flavors and can be eaten on top of rice or salad. —Olga of Mango & Tomato

What You'll Need
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed, cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
  • olive oil for sauteeing
  1. Combine Hoisin sauce with soy sauce, chives and red pepper flakes. Add cubed tofu and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and saute cubed tofu until it's golden on all sides. The Hoisin sauce will give the tofu it's sticky and sweet quality; while the red pepper flakes will add some spice.
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6 Reviews

bananabunch June 4, 2023
This recipe is neither sweet nor sticky. The hoisin and soy sauce just make it salty, and the tofu came out dry. I'd reccomend adding some form of sweetness (sugar, agave syrup, palm sugar, etc.) to better make it actually sweet and sticky tofu.
Martin S. October 6, 2016
I'm a little skittish about the word "Pressed". The Ingredients list calls for "tofu, pressed" and I'd like a few suggestions about how to go about doing that. Thank you.
Olga O. October 11, 2016
Hi! You put tofu in between a few layers of paper towels on a cutting board and the put something heavy on top to "press" out the extra liquid. This should take about 30 minutes. Hope this helps.
Nirmal K. August 31, 2015
How to make Hot Bean Sauce.
brigitte M. September 21, 2013
this has become a go-to favorite... love it so!
gingerroot August 14, 2012
Easy and delicious!