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Salt and pepper tofu recipe with step by step photos – Chinese starter recipe of a spicy salt and pepper tofu.

salt and pepper tofu

Sharing a simple recipe of stir-fried tofu in a peppery sauce. though the name says salt and pepper tofu, the salt added is what we generally add in recipes. Whereas the peppers added are black pepper as well as sichuan pepper. The pungent flavors of both the peppers is the highlight of this dish.

For black pepper, its best to crush them and add. And if you do not have sichuan pepper, then just skip it. There will be some flavor loss, but still the recipe will taste good.

Few more popular Indo Chinese starter recipes are:

This salt and pepper tofu has been lightly adapted from ‘the mainland china cookbook’ by anjan chatterjee. The dish can be had as a starter snack or even as a side dish. Serve with a dipping sauce like chili sauce or schezuan sauce.

How to make salt and pepper tofu

1. Chop 200 grams tofu in cubes. Before chopping, do press the tofu between two weights or keep a weight on top to remove excess water or moisture from it. Dab with paper towels to remove the moisture from the tofu. Take the tofu cubes in a bowl and sprinkle 1 tbsp corn starch on them. Substitutes for corn starch are arrowroot flour or tapioca starch.

tofu for salt and pepper tofu recipe

2. Gently toss and coat the tofu cubes with the flour.

tofu for salt and pepper tofu recipe

3. Now heat 2 tbsp sesame oil or any oil in a frying pan.

frying tofu for salt and pepper tofu recipe

4. Pan fry the tofu cubes till they are crisp and light golden.

frying tofu for salt and pepper tofu recipe

5. Remove and keep aside. You can even keep the fried tofu on paper towels to remove excess oil.

fried tofu for salt and pepper tofu recipe

Making salt and pepper tofu

6. Now in the same pan, add ⅓ cup chopped spring onion whites or regular onions, 1 dry red chili (broken and deseeded), 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic and 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger. on a medium flame, saute for 1 to 2 minutes or till the onions turn translucent.

onions for salt and pepper tofu recipe

7. then add 4 to 5 sichuan peppercorns (crushed), 1 tsp black pepper (crushed), 1 green chili or fresh red chili (chopped), ½ tsp chopped celery (optional) and ½ tsp red chili flakes (optional). Stir well.

pepper for salt and pepper tofu recipe

8. then add 1 to 2 tsp soy sauce. Stir very well.

sauce for salt and pepper tofu recipe

9. Now add the pan fried tofu.

tofu for salt and pepper tofu recipe

10. Season with salt. Keep a check on salt as soy sauce already has salt. Stir well.

salt for salt and pepper tofu recipe

11. Then add ½ tsp rice vinegar and ½ to 1 tsp rice wine (optional). Stir again.

vinegar for salt and pepper tofu recipe

12. Switch off the flame and add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped spring onion greens.

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Lastly stir and Serve salt and pepper tofu as a starter or as side dish with chili sauce or schezuan sauce.

salt and pepper tofu recipe

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salt and pepper tofu

salt and pepper tofu

5 from 2 votes
Crisp and spicy tofu in a peppery sauce.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Chinese, World
Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Diet: Vegan
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 200 grams firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil or any oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, crushed
  • 4 to 5 schezuan pepper, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • cup chopped spring onion whites or regular onions
  • 1 dry red chili - broken and deseeded
  • 1 green chili - chopped or fresh red chili, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dry red chili flakes, optional
  • ½ teaspoon chopped celery, optional
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon rice vinegar
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped spring onion greens

Instructions

chopping tofu

  • Chop tofu in cubes. Before chopping, do press the tofu between two weights or keep a weight on top to remove excess water or moisture from it. 
  • Dab with paper towels to remove the moisture from the tofu. Take the tofu cubes in a bowl and sprinkle 1 tbsp corn starch on them. Substitutes for corn starch are arrowroot flour or tapioca starch.

pan frying tofu

  • Gently toss and coat the tofu cubes with the flour.
  • Now heat 2 tbsp sesame oil or any oil in a frying pan.
  • Pan fry the tofu cubes till they are crisp and light golden.
  • Remove and keep aside. You can even keep the fried tofu on paper towels to remove excess oil.

making salt and pepper tofu

  • Now in the same pan, add 1/3 cup chopped spring onion whites or regular onions, 1 dry red chili (broken and deseeded), 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic and 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger.
  • On a medium flame, saute for 1 to 2 minutes or till the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add crushed 4 to 5 sichuan peppercorns (crushed), 1 tsp black pepper (crushed) and 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional). Stir well.
  • Then add 1 to 2 tsp soy sauce. Stir very well.
  • Now add the pan fried tofu.
  • Season with salt. Keep a check on salt as soy sauce already has salt. Stir well.
  • Then add 1/2 tsp rice vinegar and 1/2 to 1 tsp rice wine (optional). Stir again.
  • Switch off the flame and add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped spring onion greens.
  • Lastly stir and serve salt and pepper tofu as a starter or as side dish.

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18 Comments

  1. This is absolutely delicious, fast and easy to make very spicy! Thanks for posting it!5 stars

  2. Dal fry restaurant style was delicious….thnk u soo much for such easy,healthy. and delicious recipe i felt as if i were in dhaba and eating this delicious dal fry……5 stars

  3. I wanna make masala dosa and wanted some advice . I couldn’t find the comment box there so that’s why I am writing here. Actually I have whole urad daal and I couldn’t get split ones here . How can I make split ones from it . And also sorry for writing it here. Happy karvachauth too.

    1. no problem harsimrat. i have closed the comments due to the ongoing diwali preparations. so less time. you can use whole urad dal. just soak them in water for 4 to 5 hours. then rub then between your palms to remove the skin off. the skin comes out easily and they will start floating in water. remove them and discard. then strain the dal and add to the grinder. happy festive season and karwachauth to you too.

  4. Hi dassana , thank you very much for your answers . As I could not see comments section in mawa cake , am writing here . One thing I didn’t understood is do you suggest fan with circle oven function or top and bottom heat element oven function ? Thank you .

    1. yes closed the comments on some posts as busy with diwali preparations and karwa chauth today. i suggest oven with top and bottom heating element. with the fan option, the baking happens quickly and not is even at times.

      1. Thank you so much dassana for your reply . Your advice is a big relief to me as I got confused seeing so many answers in Google search . Happy karwa chauth and happy Diwali .

        1. welcome shamala and thankyou so much for your kind words 🙂 wish you also a happy karwachauth and a prosperous diwali 🙂

      2. As you suggested when I use top and bottom heating elements , the temp shud be the same as the recipe suggests right ?( I mean if a recipe calls for 180C , I shud also go for 180C and there is no need to reduce it for 160 or 170C) . Thank you .

        1. yes for top and bottom heating elements, the temp should be same as mentioned in the recipe. there is no need to reduce.

  5. So easy… I am just loving it. Yummy. Thank you..

    Can you suggest me receipe of chana dal and onions samosa? Please

    1. thankyou so much zalak 🙂 have taken your request for both the recipes on our request file thankyou.