Recipes Revisited 2: Crispy Coated Tofu in Sweet and Sour Sauce- vegan

The crispy tofu is delicious on a bed of  brown rice and stir-fried veggies
We first posted this back in January (I cringe at the dodgy photography!) and it was published without a proper recipe, so this time I made sure it got written down. The sweet and sour sauce is very basic and easy to make; there is maybe room for further subtle flavour improvements, although I like it that it is so simple. The only major change is that I used agave nectar instead of maple syrup, and had run out of Chinese five-spice powder for the coating so I used garam masala instead, which was just as tasty. I also had no miso to add to the marinade.Today's version served five comfortably(trn cubes of tofu each), with the addition of stir-fried vegetables and rice. See below for the recipe:

400-450g firm tofu (or make your own with 3l unsweetened soya milk)
For the marinade:
5 tabs soy or tamari sauce
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tabs lemon juice
50ml water
For the coating:
3 tabs wholemeal flour
3 tabs millet (aka bajri/ ragi) flour or fine cornmeal
2 tsps powdered ginger
2 tsps garam masala or Chinese five-spice powder
1 tsp seasalt
For the sweet and sour sauce:
100g fresh pineapple, cut into very small pieces
500g passata
3 tabs agave nectar
2 tabs soy/ tamari sauce
1 tab lemon juice
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp seasalt
1/3 tsp coarse black pepper
  • Mix the marinade ingredients together and pour into a shallow dish. Cube the tofu and marinate for as long as you can spare- a minimum of 20 minutes, turning it at least once.
  • Meanwhile, mix the coating ingredients together in another shallow dish.
  • To make the sauce, just stir all the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan and heat through gently.
  • When the tofu has been sitting in the marinade for a while coat the tofu in the flour mixture and place on a lightly oiled baking tray. Cook in an oven preheated to 200C until browned; shake or turn the pieces from time to time.
  • When the tofu is done and the sauce is hot, just serve together with some veggies and rice or noodles for a complete meal.
Possible Future Tweaks: Use a flax egg to stick the coating to the tofu and add extra nutrition. Make it a gluten free recipe by using millet and cornmeal and tamari sauce. Add chilli to the sauce for a spicier kick...

The original version- click here to read the post

This post is for Vegan Thursdays:


  1. What a great idea. I'm going to try that with tofu!

  2. Stop putting your photographs down, they are absolutely fine. As for the recipe, I have to say Yum. I am actually hankering for a tofu dish, funny sometimes when we want to eat something in particular. Its a textual thing I guess.

  3. Looks delicious! Your photos look great :)

  4. Omg, wat fantastic food, i can have that plate rite now.

  5. wow a very healthy meal :) looks so inviting very yummy sauce and tofu :)

  6. Sweet & Sour sauce is pretty delish especially with the crispy tofu! :) I like how you used wholemeal flour & millet for the coating - I have never tried them before to fry the tofu.


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