Spicy Garlic Tofu

If you are already in love with the iconic Mapo Tofu, don't miss out this spicier Garlic Tofu. Get ready for a flavor explosion with this Spicy Garlic Tofu recipe. This dish is a vegan-friendly and gluten-free option that packs a punch of heat and garlic. The tofu is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, making it the perfect addition to any meal. It's easy to make, and the marinade can be customized to your liking. Perfect as a side dish or as a main course, this Spicy Garlic Tofu recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Now let's start cooking!


  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • Drain and press the tofu for at least 30 minutes to remove any excess water. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.

  • In a shallow dish, combine the cornstarch and all-purpose flour. Dredge the tofu cubes in the mixture, making sure to coat each piece evenly.

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the tofu cubes to the pan and fry for about 5 minutes on each side, or until crispy and golden brown. Remove the tofu from the pan and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the sesame oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, sugar, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.

  • In the same pan, over medium heat, add the marinade and bring to a simmer. Add the tofu cubes back to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the tofu is heated through.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Enjoy your Spicy Garlic Tofu as a side dish or as a main course with steamed rice or quinoa. You can adjust the spiciness level by adding more or less red pepper flakes according to your taste.