Fried Tofu With Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce – Hot Thai Kitchen

Fried tofu with sweet chili sauce is a popular dish in Thailand. It is a must-eat vegetarian street food whenever you visit the country. The super crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside fried tofu pieces are doused in a thick peanut-based sweet chili sauce. With this recipe, you do not need to travel to Thailand. We’ll show you how you can easily make this authentic dish at home. The key to achieving perfectly crunchy fried tofu is to use the firm variety. Soft variety will not hold its shape when fried while medium variety will shrink and be soggy when fried. The best part is, the dipping sauce is absolutely versatile that it is perfect for any fried food you’ll ever make. This fried tofu with sweet chili peanut sauce is a perfect appetizer for your next party at home.


This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make. Serves 4.

• 350 grams of firm tofu, cut into triangles
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 to 4 cups of vegetable oil for deep-frying

Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce:
• 2 spur chilies, chopped
• 1 garlic clove
• 3 tbsp water
• 3 tbsp white vinegar
• 3 tbsp tamarind juice
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 3 tbsp palm sugar, grated
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp roasted chili flakes, to taste
• 4 tbsp coarsely ground roasted peanuts
• 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro


To make the sauce, put chilies, garlic, water, vinegar, and tamarind juice in a blender.
Blend until the garlic and chilies are minced.
Transfer the mixture to a small saucepot over medium heat.
Add granulated sugar, palm sugar, and salt.
Stir and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes.
Turn the heat off, then stir in chili flakes, peanuts, and cilantro.
Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and set aside.
Sprinkle salt on the tofu pieces.
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat until the temperature reaches 375°F.
Fry the tofu in batches for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned on the surface.
Place the fried tofu on a plate lined with a paper towel while you continue frying the rest of the tofu pieces.
To serve, place the bowl of sauce on one side of a serving dish.
Top the sauce with more peanuts and chopped cilantro.
Arrange the fried tofu pieces on the other side of the serving plate.

Ideas And Tips:

Spur chilies are sweet with moderate heat and a strong fruity aroma. If you can’t find them in your area, you can use other mild red chilies like Holland red, Anaheim chilies, Seco del Norte chilies or red Fresnos. If you don’t want the sauce to be too spicy, you can use or a quarter of red bell pepper.

If you are allergic to nuts, you can use toasted sesame seeds.

You may substitute tamarind juice with a mixture of equal parts of lime juice and light brown sugar.

Fried Tofu With Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce - Hot Thai Kitchen
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