Spicy Tofu Satay with Soy Dipping Sauce

  • Cooking and Prep: 2 h
  • Serves: 3
  • Contains:

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.

Ingredients (17)

Special Equipment

For the Tofu

For the Marinade

For the Soy Dipping Sauce

For Serving

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Prepare the Spicy Tofu Satay with Soy Dipping Sauce

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

Prepare the Marinade

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

  2. 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

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

Cook the Tofu

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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