Hot and Spicy Tofu

Bring some spice to your plant-based table with a taste of our Hot and Spicy Tofu. In this recipe, cubed tofu is flavored with hot red chili pepper flakes, onion, garlic, ginger, and tamari. Then, right at the end, the heat is tamed with a little bit of sweet maple syrup. Feel free to adjust to your preferences by omitting or adding extra pepper flakes. While this dish makes a lovely entrée or side, you can also use it as a topping for Asian-style salads and rice bowls.


  • 2 cups tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, fresh, minced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • PREP TIME 15
  • COOK TIME 20
  • Serves 4


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Squeeze tofu with towel to press out excess liquid then dice into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. Dredge tofu cubes in cornstarch and sprinkle with black pepper. Place on baking sheet and cook 25-30 minutes or until firm and crisp.
  4. In a nonstick pan, cook chilies, garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onions, water and tamari and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add tofu. Stir and cook 2 minutes.
  6. Add maple syrup. Stir and cook 1 minute.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.