I can say with 100% certainty that tofu is my favorite vegan protein source! It takes on any flavor you season it with and I love the texture. For this recipe I was feeling really lazy and decided to make a super simple sweet an spicy glaze. This spicy maple glazed tofu comes together in 15 minutes and it’s bursting with flavor!
I got to be honest, I haven’t been grocery shopping in a couple weeks so I had to get creative with random things in my pantry/fridge. The only source of protein I had was tofu, which is perfect because that is the quickest one to make! The glaze is super simple and all the ingredients are shelf stable.
Here are some other quick Asian recipes!
- Chicken Dan Dan Noodles
- Chicken Spring Rolls with a Peanut Dipping Sauce
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Sweet Chili Baked Tofu
- Vegan Poke Bowl with Dynamite Sauce
Key ingredients for this spicy maple glazed tofu recipe:
- I used extra firm tofu because I find that it stays together better when searing in thinner pieces.
- Gochujang is the primary sauce to make this recipe spicy. If you didn’t know, gochujang is a Korean red pepper paste, and it is delicious!
- Maple syrup
- I added some maple syrup to add that sweet component. You can also sub with honey or agave nectar.
- Soy sauce
- Soy sauce adds a umami flavor and also some saltiness to flavor the tofu.
- I served my tofu with edamame because it pairs well with the flavor! I also love edamame and will eat it with anything!
Spicy Maple Glazed Tofu
- 10 oz extra firm tofu
- 2 tbsp gochujang
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Green onions
- Start by draining the tofu from the container, then wrap it in some paper towels or kitchen towels. Place a heavy object on top of the tofu to press the moisture out of the tofu. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- In the mean time prepare the glaze. Mix together the gochujang, maple syrup, soy sauce and water. Stir to combine.
- Next cut the tofu into long ½" think slices.
- Brush the glaze on all sides of the tofu.
- Add the olive oil to a frying pan and heat on medium high.
- Add in the minced garlic, then place the tofu in the frying pan.
- Sear each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Serve with some rice, green onion, and edamame.