How to Make Pan Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce

You’re definitely going to love this savoury dish of Pan Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce Recipe. Especially if you are a vegan and looking for alternatives of Fried Paneer, then this dish will satisfy your need. The delicious tofu would become dense and chewy on being fried. Dip it into the caramelized peanut sauce and cherish eating this tasty tofu dish. It is a vegan recipe where you have to fry the tofu in the pan and serve it with peanut sauce made from peanut butter. It is simple to follow this recipe, start to prepare it for your dinner tonight! Though you can have it anytime you wish to, but this healthy dish is ideal to make when you are feeling lazy to cook.

Pan Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce

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  • Recipe Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Indo-Chinese

Description: It is very easy to prepare the Pan Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce at home. It is a vegan snack recipe which is extremely healthy and tasty. Try to prepare it.

Pan Fried Tofu Recipe

Ingredients for Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce:

For the preparation of tofu, you would need peanut sauce as the main ingredient. All the elements required to make the peanut sauce are easily available. Even the ingredients required for the whole pan fried tofu process are common in our day-to-day use.

For Peanut Sauce:

  • Peanut Butter – 3 tbsp.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tbsp.
  • Soy Sauce – ¼ tsp.
  • Red Chilli powder – ½ tsp.
  • Organic Cane Sugar – 1 tbsp.
  • Salt – as per taste

Note: You can also use 1 tbsp. of rice vinegar or any regular vinegar instead of Apple Cider Vinegar. If you have red chilli flakes, then add them as an alternative to the red chilli powder.

The organic can sugar used should be dependent on the sweetness of the peanut sauce. You can vary it from ½ to 1 tbsp.

For Pan Fried Tofu:

  • Tofu – 250 grams
  • Corn Flour (Corn-Starch) – 3 tbsp.
  • Maida (All-Purpose Flour) – 3 tbsp.
  • Baking Powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Soy Sauce – ½ tsp.
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Kali Mirch Powder (Black Pepper Powder) – ½ tsp.
  • Oil – 3 tbsp.
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Salt – As per taste

Note: Use the extra firm plain tofu. You may also add ½ tsp. of red chilli flakes instead of red chilli powder. Olive oil or any other frying oil can be used. Keep the proportion of oil from 2 to 3 tbsp. Use Saffola oil for cooking.

Steps for Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce:

The preparation of pan fried tofu with peanut sauce is very easy. The entire process is divided into two main parts. Firstly, you have to prepare the peanut sauce and then make the batter for coating tofu. Lastly, dip the tofu in the batter and crispy fry. Follow the recipe and make the tofu.

For Peanut Sauce:

  • Take a non-stick frying pan and add vinegar, salt and sugar in it.
  • Turn on the flame and boil the mixture.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes. Bring everything to boil.
  • Turn off the flame and remove the pan from the stove.
  • Let the mixture to cool down. Wait for some time.
  • As it cools down, add peanut butter, chilli powder and soy sauce to the pan.
  • Stir properly so that every ingredient gets mixed up well.
  • Now, transfer this peanut sauce to a bowl.
  • Keep this bowl aside and move to further steps.

Note: If you are using red chilli flakes, then add them along with the peanut butter and soy sauce.

For Pan Fried Tofu:

  • Gently clean the tofu. Wash it and then gently press between the kitchen towels.
  • Cut the plain tofu into small cubes.
  • Take a large mixing bowl.
  • Add Maida and Corn flour along with the Baking powder in the bowl.
  • Sprinkle the red chilli powder and kali Mirch powder in the dry mixture.
  • Drizzle the soy sauce and pour water in the required amount.
  • Mix everything well and make a smooth batter.
  • Take frying pan and heat 3 tbsp. of oil in it.
  • Dip the evenly cut tofu in the smooth batter.
  • Place the dipped tofu one-by-one in the frying pan.
  • Fry one side of the tofu first.
  • As one side of the tofu is properly fried, turn them and cook the other side of the pieces.
  • Fry all the sides until the outer turns light golden colour.
  • Transfer the fried tofu into the plate and serve them Hot with peanut sauce.

And the crispy fried Tofu are ready to eat!

Note: Try to cut the pieces of the plain tofu evenly. Uneven pieces won’t look nice when serving. You may flip the tofu with the help of tongs. Fry the tofu with the turner or skimmer.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 334 calories
  • Total Time: PT35M
  • Serves: 3
  • Date Published:

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This peanut flavoured fried tofu recipe is relatively easy to make when compared to other starters and fried snacks. Even the peanut sauce which has to be paired with tofu is just so easy and tasty. There is not much of alteration you do can with the taste of tofu. But you can still make the batter in which the tofu is dipped as per the taste of your choice. Your taste buds would instantly adapt to the super sweet peanut butter sauce. This crispy fried tofu with the creamy peanut sauce is an absolute heavenly meal to have.

This pan-fried crunchy tofu with the peanut butter dip makes a meal that’s entirely vegan as well totally gluten free. These tofu cubes have crunchy outer layer but they are soft from inside. The combination of crispy and warm at the same time is a treat to eat. Try to experiment fried tofu with peanut sauce and you will have the perfect easy mid-day meal that’s hearty and healthy. This exciting and delicious fried tofu is super yummy and a tummy filling snack. It is not too spicy, neither too mild nor too sweet, it is loaded with balanced flavours.


  • The total time required for the Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce Recipe takes 35 minutes.  It would need 30 minutes to coat and fry tofu. Whereas it would take 5 minutes for the making of peanut butter.
  • The measured proportion of ingredients in this recipe makes tofu which sufficiently serves 2 to 3 people. You can double or triple the recipe if you want to make it for more people.
  • Do not over fry the tofu. So, pay attention when frying. Turn the sides as soon as the colour is lightly golden.
  • You can make the same dish with paneer instead of tofu.
  • Make sure your batter is not too thin or too thick.
  • If your batter is too thick, add some water in it.
  • If your batter is too thin, add some Maida as well as cornflour along with some salt.
  • If you don’t like peanut sauce, you can make another dip as well. (List of various dips)
  • Generally, tofu from small shops is not in good condition so wash them before use.
  • While frying, don’t deep fry it or it will become too oily to eat.


Serve this fried tofu hot right from the frying pan as a snack or as a light appetizer. Eating the fried tofu with peanut butter is itself a good combination and makes for a delicious appetizer. You can serve it with hot and warm Veg Manchow Soup Recipe in the form of starter. For the best results, keep side dish of sautéed red, green and yellow peppers along with boiled green beans.

  • You can also serve it with homemade tomato ketchup.
  • You can even try this with green Coriander chutney.
  • You can the pair the zippy peanut tofu with some steamed rice.
  • You can have it with any of your favourite vegetable curry or fried veggies.

To make the plate more attractive, you can:

  • Sprinkle Maggie Magic Masala or Chaat Masala over the tofu. Your kids will like it.
  • Grate the cheese over the fried tofu. It would be the double cheese bonanza.
Quick Tip:
  • If the Sichuan pepper is available, then add 1 or 2 crushed peppers.
  • You can cut the tofu in any other shape like triangle or rectangle as well.
  • To make the perfectly fried tofu, keep the consistency of batter medium. It should not be too thin nor too thick.
  • If you like garlic flavour, then sprinkle 1 tsp. of garlic powder.
  • You must adjust the amount of tofu and sauce based on the serving.

You can also use the soy milk along with the soy sauce in the making of peanut sauce. If you like the taste and flavour of coconut, then add the coconut milk with the peanut butter and other ingredients. The peanut sauce can be made in the microwave as well if you do not want to make it on the stove. It is of little mild-flavours, so if you want spicier then add more red chilli powder or chilli flakes. Also, you can squeeze ½ tsp. of lime juice for the extra tanginess. The peanut sauce is good and can go with any light flavoured Indian snack. So, make it in bulk and store in the refrigerator to have it later with other fried crispy and crunchy food item. This smooth and creamy peanut butter sauce can be used for Kachumber salad dressing too.