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Crispy Tofu In Chinese Garlic Sauce

Crispy Tofu In Chinese Garlic Sauce: Take less than 20 minutes to prepare this stir fry. I have used Tofu here but you can just replace it with Chicken, Prawns, Mushrooms, even Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese).
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Asian recipe, Asian sauce, Easy 30 minute asian recipe, pair with main dishes, pan fried
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Subhasmita


  • 250 gm tofu Fresh,cut into strips
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil or Peanut oil
  • 2 onions large , thinely sliced
  • 1 Medium red bell pepper
  • 8 - 10 pods garlic minced
  • ½ tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce light
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce dark
  • 1 teaspoon Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tsps cornstarch
  • salt pepper and as per taste
  • green onions green chillies Chopped and sliced to garnish


  • In a large bowl, toss tofu strips with some oil,salt and pepper. Marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together rice vinegar, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Ketchup and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Arrange the tofu strips in a single layer. Let it cook undisturbed on medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Flips the strips and let it crisp on the other side. The tofu strips should look brown and crisp on both sides.
  • Remove and place on a kitchen towel/tissue paper to absorb extra oil.
  • In the same pan add remaining oil. Once it is hot add in garlic, ginger, and red chili flakes. Fry over low heat for about 10-15 seconds, or until aromatic, taking care not to burn the garlic.
  • Increase the flame and add Sliced onion. Saute over high heat for a minute. Add red bell pepper and toss in high flame for about 1 minute. Make sure to stir and toss the vegetables well.
  • Add the crisp tofu strips followed by the prepared sauce. Toss everything well. Season with salt or pepper if required.
  • The sauce will start to thicken. If it is very thick add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Cook further for a minute or so.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and green chilies.
  • Serve hot as an appetizer or along with rice or noodles.