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Tofu and Peppers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Our spicy peanut sauce is inspired by the one used in satay, a common Indonesian dish. The sauce is a perfect accompaniment to the mild-flavored tofu.

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  • Servings: 4
Tofu and Peppers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Source: Everyday Food, April 2004


  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) firm or extra-firm tofu, drained well
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Asian-style chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice each tofu cake crosswise into 6 rectangles.

  2. In a shallow container, whisk together 1 tablespoon each oil and soy sauce. Dip tofu pieces lightly on all sides to coat. Brush two rimmed baking sheets with remaining tablespoon oil; divide tofu between them. Scatter peppers around the edges.

  3. Bake 10 minutes; turn tofu and peppers. Continue baking until tofu is golden brown and peppers begin to char, 10 to 15 minutes more.

  4. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together peanut butter, lime juice, chili sauce, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons water, and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, until warm.

  5. Drizzle sauce over tofu and peppers. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Reviews (2)

  • I_Fortuna 19 Mar, 2013

    Great recipe! I add onions too.

  • sjz21 15 Apr, 2012

    I love this so much despite not being a huge tofu fan. Man of the house has made this many times and it always comes out well -- pretty spicy but also sweet, maybe could do without all the brown sugar. Just be sure to press the tofu for 3-5 hours in advance.

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