Recipe by Ryland, Peters & Small

Spicy Tofu Satay with Soy Dipping Sauce

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3 Servings

Here is a very tasty dish that does wonderful things to tofu, which works as a blank canvas to soak up these rich ingredients. Full of the flavors of Vietnam, this dish is sold at street stalls there as a snack, but you can serve it as an appetizer or with noodles as a main dish.


Special Equipment

  • 3–4 wooden or bamboo skewers (soaked in water, if grilling)

For the Tofu

  • 300 grams/10 ounces firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes

  • Gefen Sesame Oil, for frying (optional)

For the Marinade

  • 3 lemongrass stalks, trimmed and finely chopped (see note)

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil

  • 3 tablespoons Glicks Soy Sauce

  • 1–2 fresh red chili peppers, deseeded and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or 2 cubes Gefen Frozen Garlic

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • sea salt, to season

For the Soy Dipping Sauce

  • 1–2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 fresh red chili pepper, deseeded and finely chopped

For Serving

  • leaves from a small bunch of fresh basil, shredded


Prepare the Spicy Tofu Satay with Soy Dipping Sauce


Wrap the tofu in paper towels and press firmly to remove any excess water.

Prepare the Marinade


Mix the lemongrass, peanut oil, soy sauce, chili pepper, garlic and turmeric with the sugar until it has dissolved.


Add a little salt to taste and toss in the tofu, making sure it is well coated. Leave to marinate for one hour.


According to the OU, lemongrass can be used after rinsing with water. No other checking is necessary. – Ed.

Prepare the Soy Dipping Sauce


Whisk all the ingredients together. Set aside until ready to serve.

Cook the Tofu


You can stir-fry the cubes in a wok with a little sesame oil and then thread them onto sticks to serve, or you can skewer them and grill them over charcoal or under a conventional grill for two to three minutes on each side.


Serve the tofu hot, garnished with the shredded basil and with the dipping sauce on the side.


Recipe excerpted from Totally Tofu: 60 Delicious Protein-Packed Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes Ryland Peters & Small, 2021 Recipe by Ghillie Basan Photograph by Richard Jung © Ryland Peters & Small, 2021

Spicy Tofu Satay with Soy Dipping Sauce

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