Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu

Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu - copyright: www.globalmousetravels.com

We love our Chinese food and when we travelled around China a few years ago delighted in the number of vegetarian restaurants that we could feast in. Getting good vegetarian and vegan Chinese food in the UK isn’t always so straightforward so often we make our own. This recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu is fast becoming a favourite, it is so good. Packed full of flavour and with a real heat to it it’s satisfying and simple enough to whip up for a mid-week pick-me-up dinner. We’re making this every week at the moment as we love it so much.

Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu - copyright: www.globalmousetravels.com

Recipe – Vegan black pepper tofu: Ingredients

  • 380 grams of tofu – we use marinated tofu but the firmest tofu you can get.
  • 2 green peppers chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 mild red chillis sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • handful of spring onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour (enough to coat the tofu in a thin layer)
  • sesame seeds

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon of crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 6 tablespoons soya sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine
  • 0.5 tablespoon cornflour
  • 0.5 tablespoon of boiling water

Serve with rice

Recipe – Vegan black pepper tofu: What to do

Take your tofu – we use a pre-marinated tofu (this is my favourite as it also brings its own flavour) but you can use an extra firm tofu (here are some instructions on draining the water and making it more firm). In a bowl coat your tofu in the cornflour, mixing it around until it is completely covered.

Heat a large flat pan or wok on the hob with a little vegetable oil and add the coated tofu and fry until gently browned all over.

Once browned add the onion, black pepper, green pepper, chillis, garlic and spring onions to the tofu and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.

Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu - copyright: www.globalmousetravels.com

As the main ingredients are cooking start to make the sauce by taking a bowl, mixing together all the ingredients for the sauce as above and stir until the sugar is all dissolved.

Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu - copyright: www.globalmousetravels.com

 

Add the sauce to the vegetables and tofu and heat through.

Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu - copyright: www.globalmousetravels.com

Serve on a bed of rice with a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top and enjoy.

Recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu - copyright: www.globalmousetravels.com

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11 Comments

  • Mm this looks so tasty! My mum commonly cooks with tofu but not as a meat substitute in the way that a lot of people do now. I’d love to try this one out!

  • This sounds like a lovely recipe. I’ve never cooked with tofu before so I’ll have to give this a go to learn a new skill.

  • This sounds like such a lovely recipe! Tofu is great for picking up the flavours of the marinades, so I bet this would go down really well. Yum! 🙂

  • I absolutely love Tofu, I love how it absorbs all the flavours from whatever you put it with. This sounds like such a gorgeous recipe, definitely one I want to try x

  • I absolutely love tofu, and used to make it reguarly. Found lovely ways of cooking with it, and find that strong flavours are ideal. This is a delightful recipe idea, and may well be the inspiration I need to get my soy milk kettle out again to make some tofu!

  • I am a vegetarian always on the look out for new recipes, this sounds like my idea of a dream Friday night and not as complex to make as I thought. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

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