Spicy Peanut Tofu


Last Updated on June 3, 2020

spicy peanut tofu

My obsession with peanut butter has extended itself to my dinners lately, but once you taste this peanut sauce I think you’ll understand my obsession. Spicy peanut tofu is everything your weeknight meals are missing! Trust me.

There are many way to prepare tofu. I switch off between pan-frying, when I have patience, and baking, when I’m lazy. Personally, I prefer them baked because I find they get crispier that way, and there’s less work involved. For this recipe, I tossed the tofu with cooking spray and stuck it in the oven for 40-45 minutes. The result? crispy AF tofu.

spicy peanut tofu

I love this sauce for so many reasons, but mainly because it has the perfect spicy kick to it. You can add some extra crushed peanuts to the sauce for an added crunch, and cut back on the pepper flakes for less spiciness- totally customizable!

This spicy peanut tofu is best served fresh, but if you wanted to reheat it I would add a little extra water to thin out the sauce. I love serving it with brown rice and stir fry veggies, but you can pair it with your favorite grain and veggie of choice!

spicy peanut tofu
spicy peanut tofu

Can’t wait for you guys to try this one! It’s husband approved, which we all know is the best approval of them all. Be sure to check out my sweet & spicy tofu recipe if you’re looking for more delicious tofu recipes!

Spicy Peanut Tofu

5 from 4 votes
Course: Gluten-Free, Main


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  • 1 block 1 extra firm tofu, 14 oz

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt

  • Cooking spray or oil

  • Peanut sauce
  • 1 tbsp 1 natural peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 coconut aminos or soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 water

  • 1 tbsp 1 pure maple syrup or honey

  • 1 clove 1 of garlic, mashed

  • 1 tsp 1 sriracha

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp 1 tapioca or arrowroot flour

  • Serve with:
  • Brown or white rice

  • Stir fry veggies- broccoli, carrots, onions, peppers


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Pat the tofu dry and cut into cubes.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and spray each piece with cooking spray. Toss them around to coat evenly and top with salt.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Whisk together sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and stir in your tofu. Mix together on a low flame for 2-3 minutes until fully coated.

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  1. Deborah

    Delicious! The whole fam loved it and fought over it

  2. This is such an easy and delicious go-to dinner. The sauce is amazing. Thanks for all the great tofu recipes!

  3. Made this tonight for dinner easily with the stuff I had in the house. Was easy and super delicious! My husband asked if it can become a regular ☺️☺️ Thank you for sharing!

  4. Made this tofu and added it to homemade veggie fried rice, poured the leftover sauce over the fried rice dish, absolutely unbelievable! Improved our normal fried rice dish 10 fold!! love!!!

  5. All of your recipes have been so good and this one isn’t any different. So glad you dedicate time to making a blog lol- you are awesome!

  6. Going to make this recipe tonight, but only for 1 because boyfriend won’t eat tofu haha. Would this be good leftovers?

    • It would! I usually reheat it with a little water or coconut aminos if the sauce gets too thick 🙂

  7. Valerie

    This recipe is so so good! Hands down has now become a go-to in our house. The sauce is unreal and love how adaptable it is for different veggies, etc. I upped the sriracha to 1 Tbsp (😆) because I looove spicy but love it as is also! 👍

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