Firecracker Tofu (Sweet Spicy Crispy Tofu Recipe)

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Firecracker Tofu – crispy tofu glazed in a sweet-spicy sauce that will leave you wanting more. A super easy and delicious recipe that’s perfect for lunch/brunch or dinner. Serve with rice/ steamed veggies or even a bowl of pasta.

Firecracker Tofu Recipe

 Since the sweet-spicy sauce is the key to this tofu recipe, hence I’m using Karo® Syrup as it lends an even smooth and glossy texture to it. 

Firecracker Tofu Ingredients

 Ingredients for Firecracker Tofu:

1 Package Extra Firm Tofu – I’m using 14 oz package 

1/4 Cup Cornstarch

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil – use any light oil

For the Sweet-Spicy Sauce:

2 Tbsp Karo Syrup – you can use a regular or light version 

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

1/2 Cup Hot Sauce – you can use any hot sauce of choice

1 tbsp White Vinegar

4 Tbsp Water

1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

1/8 Tsp Black Pepper 

1/4 Tsp Salt

Topping (optional):

1 Tsp Sesame Seeds – I’m using a mix of black and white.

2-3 Green Onion Stalks – chopped thinly

Firecracker Tofu Recipe

Firecracker Tofu Recipe

How to Make the Firecracker Tofu:

Now, that we have all the ingredients, let’s get started with the recipe, I’m dividing the recipe into two main steps:

Making the Crispy Tofu.

We start by cutting the tofu into bite-size pieces or about 1-inch size.

Then pour the cornstarch on a large plate.

Add the sliced tofu pieces in the cornstarch and toss to coat them evenly.

Making Crispy Tofu

Heat 1/2 the sesame oil in a non-stick pan/wok.

Add 8-10 coated tofu pieces and shallow fry for 3-4 minutes (turn sides and cook tofu evenly until light golden brown). Making Crispy Tofu -1

Remove the cooked tofu and repeat the step until all leftover tofu is cooked.

Making Crispy Tofu -2

Making the Sweet-Spicy Sauce:

Take a large bowl and add all the sauce ingredients in it. Whisk to mix everything evenly.

firecracker-sauce-recipeIn the same non-stick pan/wok and add the whisked sauce ingredients from the bowl.

Saute the sauce and let this simmer on low heat for a minute.

After a minute, add the crispy tofu and stir to mix everything.

Tofu sauce together

Make sure the sauce evenly coats each side of crispy tofu.

Let this cook for another 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat.

Transfer the Firecracker Tofu to a serving bowl.

Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped green onions (scallion).

Serve hot with choice of side.

Crispy Tofu Firecracker

Serving & Storage Suggestion:

Now that the tofu is ready, let’s talk about how we serve and store it. We usually serve it with:

  • Bowl of steamed rice 
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Seasonal Steamed Veggies
  • Pasta 
  • Chickpeas
  • Light Salad
  • Flatbreads
  • Dinner Rolls

To store it, I usually keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. It works great in meal plans too and office lunches.

Crispy Firecracker Tofu

So go ahead and make this recipe soon using Karo® Syrup as it provides quality and consistent performance.

You’ll see how extremely smooth, luscious, and delicious it turns this dish!

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Firecracker Tofu

Firecracker Tofu Recipe

Firecracker Tofu - crispy tofu glazed in a sweet-spicy sauce that will leave you wanting more. A super easy and delicious recipe that's perfect for lunch/brunch or dinner. Serve with rice/ steamed veggies or even a bowl of pasta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu - I'm using 14 oz package
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Sesame Oil - use any light oil

For the Sweet-Spicy Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp Karo Syrup - you can use a regular or light version
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Sauce - you can use any hot sauce of choice
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Topping (optional):

  • 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds - i'm using a mix of black and white.
  • 2-3 Green Onion Stalks - chopped thinly

Instructions

Making the Crispy Tofu.

  1. We start by cutting the tofu into bite-size pieces or about 1-inch size.
  2. Then pour the cornstarch on a large plate.
  3. Add the sliced tofu pieces in the cornstarch and toss to coat them evenly.
  4. Heat 1/2 the sesame oil in a non-stick pan/wok.
  5. Add 8-10 coated tofu pieces and shallow fry for 3-4 minutes (turn sides and cook tofu evenly until light golden brown).
  6. Remove the cooked tofu and repeat the step until all leftover tofu is cooked.

Making the Sweet-Spicy Sauce:

  1. Take a large bowl and add all the sauce ingredients in it. Whisk to mix everything evenly.
  2. In the same non-stick pan/wok and add the whisked sauce ingredients from the bowl.
  3. Saute the sauce and let this simmer on low heat for a minute.
  4. After a minute, add the crispy tofu and stir to mix everything.
  5. Make sure the sauce evenly coats each side of crispy tofu.
  6. Let this cook for another 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  7. Transfer the Firecracker Tofu to a serving bowl.
  8. Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped green onions (scallion).
  9. Serve hot with choice of side.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1383mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 11g

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