Inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern flavors, this plant-based spicy tahini pasta with crispy tofu recipe is delicious. Easy to make, creamy and incredibly flavorful. Perfect for those nights when you want a tasty pasta dish, but don’t want to leave the house. This recipe reminds me of peanut noodles but with a Healthyish twist.

Plant-Based Spicy Tahini Noodles with Crispy Tofu – Healthyish Foods

Made from ground hulled sesame seeds, tahini is traditionally found in Middle Eastern recipes. In my opinion, it tastes similar to peanut butter, but much smoother and nuttier. In fact, it adds the perfect level of creaminess to this sauce without being too powerful. Mixed with the other tasty ingredients for an easy to make weeknight meal. I can almost guarantee that this spicy tahini pasta recipe will be a family favorite.

Not familiar with tofu? It originated in China over 2000 years ago. Tofu is made from fermented bean curds that get pressed into a block-like shape. Tofu generally doesn’t have much flavor. It’s low in calories and high in protein making it a great meat substitute for vegans and vegan curious people.

Plant-Based Spicy Tahini Noodles with Crispy Tofu – Healthyish Foods

Not feeling adventurous in the eating department? No worries, you can substitute the tofu in this recipe for chicken or shrimp, but keep in mind it will no longer be vegan! 

Looking for other plant-based noodle recipes? Try my bucatini pie with cashew cream or my pesto lasagna roll-ups with vegan ricotta cheese. All of these recipes are delicious and satisfying.

Plant-Based Spicy Tahini Noodles with Crispy Tofu – Healthyish Foods

Plant-Based Spicy Tahini Pasta with Crispy Tofu

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Ingredients

Spicy Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup pasta water
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. linguini pasta, rice noodles would work well too
  • 1 block or package of super firm tofu
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • salt and pepper

Garnishes:

  • 2 limes , sliced into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro , chopped
  • 3 tablespoons peanuts, crushed
  • 1 jalapeno , sliced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons scallions , chopped

Equipment

  • pasta pot
  • colander
  • baking tray
  • saute pan
  • platter

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Gently spray a baking tray with cooking spray, set it aside.

Prepare the pasta:

  • Salt and boil a pot of pasta water and cook the linguini according to the package. Reserve ¼ cup of the salted pasta water for the spicy tahini sauce.
  • Drain the rest of the water off of the pasta in a colander and set the cooked pasta aside.

Prepare the tofu:

  • Using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels, press the moisture out from the super firm tofu. This helps ensure that the tofu gets nice and crispy in the oven.
  • Next, cut the tofu into 8 evenly-sized pieces.
  • Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Next, dredge the tofu through the cornstarch, making sure it’s evenly coated.
  • Place the coated tofu pieces on the prepared baking tray.
  • Spray the tofu with the olive oil cooking spray and place it in the oven for 40 minutes. Making sure to flip the tofu around every 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove the tofu form the oven and set it aside.

Prepare the sauce:

  • In a saucepan, add the tahini, sriracha, maple syrup, liquid aminos and pasta water. Stir until creamy and well combined.

Assemble the dish:

  • Add the cooked linguini pasta into the pan with the spicy tahini sauce. Toss until all of the noodles are well coated.
  • Add the pasta to a serving platter and top with your garnishes and crispy tofu pieces.
  • I used lime slices, crushed peanuts, red pepper flakes, chopped fresh cilantro and scallions.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.