Crispy Marinated Tofu

Crispy Marinated Tofu

Course: Mains



  • 400 g Firm tofu
  • 3-4 Green onions Coarsely chopped, optional
  • Vegetable oil For frying


  • 1/3 cup Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine Or dry Sherry
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Chili paste Or hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 4 cloves Garlic Grated
  • 1 inch Ginger Grated


  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin



  • Prepare a container that’s slightly bigger than the block oftofu. Combine all the sauce ingredients in the container. Stir to mix well.Transfer 2 to 3 tablespoons of the marinade into a separate small bowl to useas a dipping sauce later.
  • Cut the tofu in half lengthwise, then into half-inch-thicksquares. Transfer the pieces into the container by making them “stand”, so ithelps the marinade to disperse evenly (see the blog post above to see how toarrange the tofu). Use your hand to gently separate the tofu slices, so all thesurfaces will be in touch with the marinade. If the marinade cannot cover allthe tofu, use some green onion (or white onion) to fill up the empty space inthe container, so the marinade covers most of the tofu.
  • Cover to seal the container. Gently shake it. Marinate overnightin the fridge or at room temperature for at least 4 hours.


  • When you’re ready to cook, remove the tofu from the marinade andlay it on a few layers of paper towels to drain the extra liquid.
  • Combine the coating ingredients in a plate. Stir to mix well.
  • Prepare a big plate with a few layers of paper towels, for thecooked tofu.
  • Heat a thin layer of oil in a nonstick (or carbon steel) panover medium-high heat until hot.
  • You might need to cook the tofu in batches depending on your pansize. While heating up the pan, coat each piece of tofu with the coatingmixture and place it on a plate. You should only coat the pieces you’re goingto fry immediately.
  • Carefully add the coated tofu pieces into the pan. Cook withoutmoving until the bottom is browned, 2 minutes or so. Flip to cook the otherside until browned, another 2 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium if the pangets too hot and the oil starts to smoke. Repeat the process until you’ve friedall the tofu pieces.
  • Transfer the fried tofu onto the paper towel lined plate todrain the excess oil.
  • Serve the fried tofu with the reserved dipping sauce on the sideand garnish it with chopped green onion. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from The Omnivore's Cookbook
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