Saturday, July 3, 2021

Firecracker Tofu

Ok, I know you all might not be a fan of tofu, but have you actually even tried it. Honestly?  My guess is a firm no. However it is pretty amazing in this dish (ok you can sub in chicken, but….boring!!)

A little history about the tofu I used. Craig and I were watching Top Chef Portland, and they did an episode on Ota Tofu, a local, (and the oldest) tofu company here in Portland. We both said we need to try that. Fast forward to a few weeks later snd some really good friends were in town and we went to dinner, unknowingly we parked in front of Ota. I was just giddy. However they were not open. The next week I found some in an Asian market and decided on this dish. Which is PERFECT for a 4th of July celebration!  Maybe just cause it’s called “firecracker”?!?!

Firecracker Tofu


  • 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu - 14 oz package
  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Sesame Oil 

For the Sweet-Spicy Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp Karo Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Sauce 
  • 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
  • 2-3 Green Onion Stalks - cut into 1 inch pieces

Topping (optional):

  • 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2-3 Green Onion Stalks - chopped thinly


Making the Crispy Tofu.

  1. 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. Add larger green onion pieces. 
  5. After a minute, add the crispy tofu and stir to mix everything.
  6. Make sure the sauce evenly coats each side of crispy tofu.
  7. Let this cook for another 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  8. Transfer the Firecracker Tofu to a serving bowl.
  9. Sprinkle sesame seeds and sliced green onions. 
  10. Serve hot with choice of side.

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