If you’re like I used to be and have a hard time cooking or enjoying tofu, then this almond butter tofu recipe is for you. Tofu is very bland, so you need to add as much flavor to it as possible. Luckily, tofu is perfect for this. It takes on any flavors that you throw at it, which is why this slightly sweet, tangy, and spicy almond butter sauce is so great. And the best part, it’s super easy to make.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE ALMOND BUTTER TOFU
- Extra Firm Tofu: firm tofu is okay too, but I definitely prefer extra firm, the texture works better for me.
- Almond Butter: for a deep, warm nutty flavor.
- Sesame Oil: for EVEN MORE nutty flavor.
- Tamari or Soy Sauce: Either one works great for this recipe and helps to give the tofu an umami flavor.
- Sugar or Agave Syrup: for sweetness and to balance out the flavors.
- Fresh Garlic: for delicious aromatic flavor.
- Fresh Ginger: to bring a nice intense flavor to the sauce.
- Chili Garlic Sauce: for a spicy kick. The amount used for this recipe is pretty mild, but if you want more spice, you can definitely add more.
- Hot Water: to loosen and smooth out the sauce.
- Neutral Oil: This is for cooking. I like to use avocado oil, but any other high-heat oil works great.
HOW TO MAKE ALMOND BUTTER TOFU
- Prepare the tofu. Press and drain the excess water from the tofu.
- Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.
- Mince the garlic and ginger.
- Prepare the sauce. To a small bowl, add the garlic, ginger, sugar or, almond butter, tamari or soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Then gradually add the hot water and whisk or stir until the sauce is smooth.
- Brown the tofu. In a large skillet or wok, fry the tofu until it is crispy and browned on all sides.
- Add the sauce. Lower the heat and toss the tofu in the almond butter sauce until it is fully coated.
- Serve. I like to have this tofu over rice with sautéed or roasted veggies.
Not a fan of almond butter? Not to worry. These ingredients work well with other nut butter choices too. I would recommend peanut butter or cashew butter as a worthy replacement.