The 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. After all, what’s more tropical feeling than delicious and easy mango salsa? As an added bonus, this is a completely vegan recipe. Perfect any night of the week.

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

About this recipe

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.

Any leftover mango salsa can be used through the week in a variety of ways. Enjoy with tortilla chips or use it over grilled fish or chicken. This salsa is so delicious you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy it.

When prepping the crispy tofu, you’ll want to make sure you press out all of the moisture. Use paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to wrap the tofu and absorb an excess moisture. This will help the tofu to get crispy when it bakes. If you have a tofu press handy, that will work best. However, paper towels will work fine too.

This recipe makes four light dinner servings or two heartier dinner servings. Please see below for the nutritional information.

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. Reheat tofu in the microwave until heated through. Looking for more vegan recipe ideas? Try my plant-based tofu parmesan or plant-based spicy tahini noodles with crispy tofu. Both are so good you’ll never know they’re vegan recipes.

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

The 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.
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Ingredients

Crispy Tofu:

  • 1 block super firm tofu
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup dry white or brown rice , 3 cups cooked

Spicy Brown Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, fresh minced, remove the skin from the ginger first
  • 2 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water , form a slurry
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup vegetable 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
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced small
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cashews, crushed into small pieces

Optional toppings:

  • scallions
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • extra crushed cashews

Equipment

  • baking tray
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • saute pan

Instructions 

  • 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, vegetable 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 boil the rice according to the package as well.
  • 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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 374kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Sodium: 1066mg, Potassium: 497mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 946IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 159mg, Iron: 3mg