15 Minute Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Tofu (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutes
Yield: serves 2Category: Dinners
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This delicious Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Tofu is a quick and easy recipe packed full of flavour and protein.

This is a really quick recipe making it ideal to throw together on those midweek evenings when you want something quick and easy that doesn’t sacrifice flavour! Recently I had a request to whip up some more recipes using tofu as the star of the show, hence the creation of this new dish! I prefer to use tofu over processed meat substitutes that are made to resemble specific meat products. I find, when cooked well, tofu has a great texture and soaks up flavour beautifully. In this recipe, the tofu acts as the perfect vehicle for the sweet and spicy glaze meaning that every bite is packed full of flavour.

I think this recipe is best when you take the time to coat the steaks in the mixture of cornflour and seasoning. This helps the tofu to crisp up when you pan fry it and, in my opinion at least, this improves the texture significantly. When the tofu is nice and crispy add the glaze. Make sure you reduce the heat when you complete this step as the sauce may spit when it hits the pan and turning the heat down will help.

You will need to use a firm tofu in this recipe to ensure it does not crumble when you cut it into ‘steaks.’ You will need to press this in advance to remove as much liquid as possible. If you were in a rush you could skip this step – the result will still be delicious, however, the texture may be affected. In order to create the tofu ‘steaks’ you just need to cut the tofu lengthways into large pieces that are around 1cm thick.

The glaze used in this recipe is really simple and consists of just four ingredients – if need be you could omit the garlic or the miso and create it using simply maple syrup and sriracha. You could even substitute the maple syrup for honey, (if you eat it, that is), and the sriracha for another type of hot sauce if you didn’t have these specific ingredients in.

I like this Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Tofu served with rice and stir fried vegetables and topped with chopped spring onions and sesame seeds, however, it also works well placed on top of a ramen bowl or fried rice!

If you like this recipe and are looking for more delicious ways to cook tofu, why not try my Lemon & Dill Tofu, my Ginger Tofu & Green Beans which you can find here, my Sweet & Sour Tofu or my Salt & Pepper Tofu recipe here.

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  • 1 block pressed firm tofu (approx 300 - 400g)
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp hot sriracha
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp white miso
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • splash sesame oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper


  1. Slice the tofu into thin pieces approximately 1cm thick in order to create your tofu steaks
  2. Use a sharp knife to make diagonal incisions across the tofu, taking care not to cut entirely through it, until a criss cross patterns covers the top of each piece
  3. Place the cornflour, salt and pepper in a bowl and add the tofu. Turn the steaks over and move them around to ensure they are completely coated in a thick layer
  4. Add a little sesame oil to a large frying pan and add the tofu steaks, cook for a few minutes on either side over a moderate heat until golden brown and crispy
  5. While the tofu cooks mince the garlic and add to a small jug along with the sriracha, maple syrup and miso paste to create your glaze
  6. Use a pastry brush to generously apply a layer of the glaze to the top of the tofu steaks
  7. Reduce the heat and flip the steaks. Repeat the glazing process on the other side
  8. Brush any of the remaining glaze over the top of the tofu steaks before serving with a sprinkle of optional sesame seeds


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