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Quick and Easy Tofu in Sweet-Chili Sauce

Sweet and tangy crunchy tofu drenched in sweet chili sauce. Your family will be asking for more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Author: Pam from PinoyBites


  • 1 pack 14oz or 16oz Firm tofu, I used House Foods
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • cup sweet chili sauce I used Thai Kitchen
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper

Here's How:

  • Drain tofu and cut into small cubes. Place between sheets of paper towels and slightly press to remove excess liquid. Heat a large frying pan and add about ½ inch of oil. I first cut the tofu in half horizontally, then into small cubes.
  • Dredge tofu pieces in cornstarch then fry in oil (use about ½ inch of oil), flipping halfway until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle a pinch of salt while hot. Set aside.
  • Remove oil from the frying pan but leave 2 tablespoons. Saute the onion until translucent then add the garlic. Pour the sweet chili sauce and add in the grated ginger. On high heat, let the sauce come to a boil then put the fried tofu. Season with ground black pepper and toss (using 2 wooden spoons) until all the sauce is absorbed, about a minute.
  • Serve immediately over rice.


*If you want to make it spicy, add a teaspoon of dried chilli flakes or chopped fresh chilies while sauteing the garlic.
*Add more cornstarch (if needed) to fully coat the tofu pieces.
*Recipe can be doubled