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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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Crispy Tofu

  • 1 block super firm tofu, press out the moisture
  • ¼ cup cornstarch, for dusting the tofu
  • salt, add to the cornstarch
  • pepper, add to the cornstarch
  • 1 cup rice, equals about 3 cups cooked

Spicy Brown Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, fresh minced, remove the skin from the ginger first
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water, form a slurry
  • ¼ - ½ cup vegetable stock, or water
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional, omit if you do not like spice

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, pitted and diced small
  • ½ cup strawberries, diced small - about 6-8 berries
  • ½ cup 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


  • 1 baking tray spray with olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 non-stick saute pan


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Press any moisture out of the tofu using a kitchen towel or paper towels. Cube the tofu into bite-sized pieces.
  • Grab a large mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch, salt and pepper. Toss the tofu cubes with the cornstarch mixture making sure all sides are well coated.
    Remove the tofu from the cornstarch mixture and shake off any excess cornstarch. If you leave the tofu in the cornstarch for too long, it will get pasty.
  • Gently spray a baking tray with olive oil cooking spray and line the tofu cubes on the tray. Spray the tofu with olive oil cooking spray. 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.
    In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce, light brown sugar, rice vinegar, vegetable stock, and cornstarch slurry. Mix well.
  • Grab a sauce pan and place it over medium heat. Add the avocado oil. Once hot, add the garlic and minced ginger. Saute until fragrant and lightly browned.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the soy sauce mixture. Gently stir the sauce until everything is well combined and begins to thicken. If it gets too thick, simply add more veggie stock.
    Once it reaches your desired thickness, remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside. Toss the crispy tofu with the sauce making sure its well coated.
  • 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. Add some of the saucy crispy tofu.
    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!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 542kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 711mg, Potassium: 571mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 809IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 173mg, Iron: 3mg