Cold weather continues to hang on here in Colorado, but this crispy tofu with spicy brown sauce and mango salsa is sure to transport you to a tropical place. Ok, maybe not, but these flavors will having you feeling warm and cozy.

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Brown Sauce and Mango Salsa - Healthyish Foods

This crispy tofu with spicy brown sauce and mango salsa recipe is packed with bright, delicious flavors and is completely vegan too.

The spicy brown sauce tastes great with the sweet mango salsa. They completely compliment one another. Add the crispy tofu and crunchy crushed cashews and this is one well rounded meal. I guarantee that your family will be craving more.

Looking for more vegan recipe ideas? Try my plant-based tofu parmesan or plant-based spicy tahini noodles with crispy tofu.

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Brown Sauce and Mango Salsa - Healthyish Foods
Crispy Tofu with Spicy Brown Sauce and Mango Salsa - Healthyish Foods

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Brown Sauce and Mango Salsa

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Crispy Tofu:

  • 1 package super firm tofu
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • white rice – I use minute rice

Spicy Brown Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger, remove the skin from the ginger before mincing
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch , mixed with 1 tablespoon water to form a slurry.
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup veggie stock

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, pitted and diced small
  • ½ cup strawberries, diced small – about 6-8 berries
  • ½ cup white or red onion, diced small
  • ½ medium jalapeno , seeded and diced small
  • juice from 1 lime, about 2 tablespoons
  • juice from 1/2 ripe lemon, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 small ripe avocado, diced small
  • chopped fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • handful of crushed cashews, as garnish

Optional toppings:

  • scallions
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • extra crushed cashews


  • baking tray
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • saute pan


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Press any moisture out of the tofu using a kitchen towel or paper towels.
  • Next, cube the tofu into evenly-sized cubes.
  • Grab a large mixing bowl, toss the tofu cubes with the cornstarch until all sides are well coated.
  • Gently spray a baking tray with olive oil cooking spray and line the tofu cubes on the tray. Cook for 40 minutes, turning the tofu every 10 minutes to make sure each side gets crispy.
    You might need to spray the tofu cubes with a little more cooking spray halfway through this process.
  • Prepare spicy brown sauce:
  • While the tofu is cooking begin making your spicy brown sauce.
  • Grab a sauté pan and over low / medium heat add the sesame oil. Add the fresh sliced garlic, minced ginger, along with a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Next, you'll add the soy sauce, brown sugar, veggie stock and cornstarch slurry. Stir well.
  • Gently stir the sauce until everything is well combined and it begins to thicken. If it gets too thick, simply add more veggie stock.
  • Prepare mango salsa:
  • Grab a plastic or glass bowl that can be sealed.
  • Combine the diced onion, jalapeno, strawberries, avocado, and mango in the bowl.
  • Next, add the chopped fresh cilantro and the lemon and lime juice. Gently toss all of the ingredients together.
  • Finally, add some crushed cashews on top. Set aside.
  • Make your white rice. I use minute rice, so I cook mine in the microwave. But you can prepare the rice any way you like.
  • Assemble your dish:
  • Add rice to the bottom of the plate.
    Toss the crispy tofu cubes with the spicy brown sauce and add some to the rice.
    Top everything with the mango salsa, along with any other toppings.
    Examples include, extra crushed cashew, toasted sesame seeds and/or sliced scallions.
    Serve and ENJOY!