Pan Fried Crispy Tofu and Zoodle Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce

January  3, 2021
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Photo by nicolelupu
  • Prep time 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Pan fried tofu steps up your ordinary zoodle dish. —nicolelupu

What You'll Need
  • Tofu Zoodle Ingredients
  • 3 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch kale (I like dino kale)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 1 egg (whisked to make egg wash)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Peanut Sauce Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  1. Cut your tofu by cutting the block lengthwise 4x and then horizontally 6x to make cubes.
  2. Lay the tofu on paper towels and then add another layer of paper towels on top. Set a large sheet pan on top and add something heavy to press your tofu and remove as much water as possible. I like to use my cast iron pan for this. Press for about an hour if you have time.
  3. Add the cubes to a large bowl and add the cornstarch, salt and pepper.
  4. Whisk your egg with the 2 tablespoons of water in a shallow dish, and add the panko to a second shallow dish.
  5. Dip the tofu into the egg wash then roll in panko until all pieces are coated.
  6. Heat the olive oil in your frying pan to medium high heat, then once hot begin frying your tofu in batches so you don't crowd the pan.
  7. Drain fried tofu on paper towels and set aside while you assemble the salad.
  8. Spiralize your zucchini and carrots and wash and chop your kale and cilantro and set aside.
  9. Whisk all ingredients for peanut sauce in a large Pyrex mixing cup.
  10. Distribute salad among 4 bowls and top with your warm tofu, drizzle peanut sauce on top and garnish with chopped cilantro and chili flakes if desired.

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