Thai Tofu Peanut Noodles
with red peppers / coleslaw mix
- Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
- Peanut butter - 4 Tbsp
- Water - 5 Tbsp
- Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
- Sriracha - 1 Tbsp
- Brown sugar - 4 tsp
- Tofu, extra firm - 16 oz, cubed (vacuum-packed preferable)
- Bell peppers, red - 1, thinly sliced
- Pasta, spaghetti or linguini - 6 oz
- Cilantro - 3 Tbsp, chopped
- Cucumbers - 6 oz, sliced (look for mini cucumbers which have fewer seeds)
- Cornstarch - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
- Lime juice - 2 tsp
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
- Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Then slice into 1/2” / 1.25 cm cubes. (Can be done up 1 day ahead)
- Make peanut sauce - Grate ginger. Combine peanut butter and water in a microwave-safe bowl or liquid measuring cup. Microwave for ~30 seconds. Stir in ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice (portion for sauce), Sriracha, and brown sugar. Taste; if it’s too salty, add more water. If it’s too tart, add in more sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Peppers - Slice peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cook noodles - Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
- Cilantro / Cucumbers - Prep as directed.
- Toss tofu in cornstarch.
- Heat a wok or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then tofu to heated oil with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper. Saute until golden and crispy-ish on the outside, ~5 minutes.
- Fold in peppers and coleslaw mix and saute for another 3 to 8 minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like your veggies.
- Add noodles, sauce, lime juice (portion for noodles), and cilantro and toss everything together. Taste and season with more salt, pepper, lime juice, and / or hot sauce. Enjoy warm with cucumber slices on the side!
Yummy! Next time I'll double the sauce. Always double the sauce!1 Helpful
This was quite good and easy. Used broccoli slaw and it worked well. I might cut back a little on the sugar next time, but wouldn’t change anything else.0 Helpful
Yummy!! Would make again.0 Helpful
First time cooking tofu, and I think I need to get a better handle on it. Definitely needed more sauce.0 Helpful
Soba noodles, peppers, cucumber, kale, carrots, and no sugar added this time. This is always delicious!0 Helpful
This was pretty good. I kept the sauce separate, since I wasn't sure everyone would love it, but once I mixed it in to my noodles and added some lime juice, it was great! I subbed Tahini for peanut butter b/s allergies. The lime juice (I used box fresh and bottled concentrate) is a MUST! It really makes it. Also - used leftover pork on the side and it was great. HUsband and kids liked it.0 Helpful
Easy and quick to throw together, so definitely a good weeknight pick. Next time I would replace the tofu with mushrooms though.0 Helpful