Pan Fried Tofu with Jasmine Rice

Extra firm tofu first pan fried with a dry rub and then stir fried with homemade bbq sauce is as delicious as it sounds. The sauce is from the Homemade BBQ Sauce I made the other day for the pork. It works equally well for vegetarian recipes. @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 15 mins

COOK TIME:20 mins



  • Extra firm tofu 14 oz (397 g)
  • Oil for frying
  • Spicy chili crisp to serve

Dry rub

  • Brown sugar ½ cup
  • Smoked paprika 2 tsp
  • Red chili flakes 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper 1 tsp
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Mustard powder 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder 1 tsp
  • Onion powder 1 tsp
  • Rice flour 3 tbsp

The stir fry:

  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic 5-6 cloves, grated
  • Red chili flakes 1 tsp
  • Pearl onions a handful
  • Carrots chopped into sticks ½ cup
  • Tomato 1, chopped
  • Sriracha 1 tbsp
  • Green onions 2 tbsp, chopped at an angle
  • Black pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Basil 2 tbsp
  • Garlic powder 1 tsp
  • Homemade bbq sauce ½ cup (see Homemade BBQ Sauce )

The rice:

  • Jasmine rice 1 cup
  • Water 1 ½ cups
  • White sesame seeds 2 tsp
  • Black sesame seeds 1 tsp
  • Toasted sesame oil 2 tbsp

Preparing the tofu:

Remove tofu from the packaging and discard the water. Wrap tofu in a kitchen towel. Place a heavy object on top and leave it for about 20 mins or so. Pat dry of any moisture is left. Cut tofu into cubes.

Preparing the pearl onions:

Heat a pan of water. Cut the top and end of each pearl onion. Drop them in the boiling water and cook for a minute. Immediately dump them into a bowl of cold water. The skin should come right off the pearl onions.

Preparing the rice:

Rinse jasmine rice. Put in the pressure cooker with 1 ½ cups of water. Cook for 1 whistle. Let the pressure release by itself. Serve on a plate. Pour toasted sesame oil on the rice and top with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Keep aside.

The dry rub:

  • In a bowl mix together the ingredients for the dry rub: brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, salt, black pepper, mustard powder and cayenne pepper. Mix in rice flour.
  • Rub dry spice mix on the tofu cubes.

Stir fry:

  • Heat oil. Fry tofu pieces in small batches till nicely charred all over. Remove and drain on kitchen towels.
  • Remove all the oil except 1 tbsp. Sauté finely chopped garlic. Add pearl onions, chopped tomato, carrot sticks and red chili flakes. Stir fry on high heat.
  • Pour in homemade bbq sauce. Put in black pepper powder, sriracha and garlic powder. Add in fried tofu. Mix gently. Garnish with chopped green onions and basil.
Dry rub mix and rice flour
Coated tofu
Pan fried tofu
Tofu is ready
Stir fry the vegetables
Add sauce and dry spices
Add tofu
Garnish with green onions and basil
Pan Fried Tofu is ready
Pan Fried Tofu served with Jasmine Rice and Spicy Chili Crisp
Jasmine Rice

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