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Soy Garlic Tofu

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

Fried tofu goes so well in a ton of dishes. If you've ever struggled to get the texture and flavors right, try out this recipe!


Soy Garlic Tofu


  • 1 package firm or extra firm tofu

  • 1 bulb garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp dried red chili flakes (adjust to taste)

  • 3 tbsp oil for frying

  • 3-5 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 2-4 tbsp water


  1. Drain and press tofu by wrapping the tofu block in a towel and placing a heavy wait on top. Press it for 10 minutes. Prep your other ingredients in the meantime.

  2. In small bowl, mix soy sauce, sugar, water and soy sauce together.

  3. Cut tofu into slices, around 1 cm thick.

  4. In medium sized pan, pour in oil and turn the pan onto high heat. Let the pan heat up completely.

  5. Add tofu slices to pan. They should sizzle immediately. If it doesn't sizzle, let the pan heat up a bit more. Cook tofu on both sides until they're golden brown (there should be some searing and a crust). Remove tofu from the pan.

  6. Heat pan on medium heat and add additional oil if needed. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Then pour in soy sauce mixture. Cook garlic in soy mixture for another 30 seconds.

  7. Add tofu back into pan. Cook until sauce has reduced (around 5 minutes). Make sure to flip the tofu halfway through so both sides soak up flavor. Stir garlic occasionally so it doesn't burn.

  8. Remove tofu from pan and top with garlic and sauce.

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