Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls
with glazed tofu / zucchini
Smarts #1: Adjust the curry paste as you go. Start with the lower amount and add more at any point to give the broth more spice and flavor.
- Bell peppers, red - 1, thinly sliced
- Zucchini - 12 oz, cubed
- Lemongrass - 2 stalks, finely diced (sub 1 tsp lemongrass paste / stalk)
- Ginger, fresh - 1 tsp, grated
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Curry paste, red - 1-3 Tbsp, more or less to taste
- Coconut milk, light (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
- Stock, any type - 4 cups
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
- Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
- Rice noodles - 6 oz (use thicker Pad Thai-style noodles or thin rice vermicelli; sub ramen or soba)
- Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz, 1/2” / 1.3 cm cubes (vacuum-packed preferable)
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Water - 2 Tbsp
- Mirin - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
- Cornstarch - 1/2 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Sesame seeds, white - 1 tsp
- Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first, like in this video. Then slice into 1/2” / 1.3 cm thick cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Make glaze - Whisk together soy sauce (portion for tofu), water, mirin, honey, toasted sesame oil, and cornstarch. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Bell peppers / Zucchini / Lemongrass / Ginger - Prep as directed. Combine bell peppers and zucchini in one container. Combine lemongrass and ginger in a second container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
- Heat a Dutch oven or large saute pan with cooking oil (for noodle bowls) over medium heat. Add bell peppers and zucchini with some salt. Saute until vegetables are starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add lemongrass, ginger, and curry paste. Saute until fragrant, ~1 minute.
- Add coconut milk, stock, soy sauce (portion for noodle bowls), and sugar and stir well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavors develop while preparing tofu.
- While soup simmers, heat a nonstick pan with cooking oil (portion for tofu) over medium heat. Add tofu in a single layer and let cook until golden brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip tofu and cook until it is golden brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes total.
- Give glaze a stir and pour over tofu. Cook tofu, turning gently, until it is coated in glaze, 3 to 4 minutes more.
- Transfer tofu to a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Return to simmering soup and add noodles (break them apart if needed to help submerge them in liquid). Cook noodles according to package directions.
- When noodles are cooked, remove from heat and squeeze half the lime wedges into the broth. Taste and season with more sugar, soy sauce, or lime juice if needed.
- Divide noodles and broth between serving bowls. Top with tofu and cilantro. Serve extra lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!
This is best if the noodles are made separately and added when you're ready to eat, especially for leftovers.1 Helpful
The Thai red curry paste gave this recipe a nice kick! We also added a little white rice to the cooking broth, just to give the dish a less watery finish.0 Helpful
I love this. It is very easy to substitute anything I have in my vegetable bin. I have researched and found a more authentic red curry paste and it has made a big difference. Much more flavorful..0 Helpful
4 for the first night. 3 for leftovers. I don't know why, but the tofu which we stored separately from the curry lost a lot of flavor overnight.0 Helpful
I really enjoyed this. We didn't have enough noodles, and I added a whole lot more curry paste than in the recipe, then it all came together for some flavorful meals. The glazed tofu was exceptionally good. I would eat it on its own and not just in the soup!0 Helpful
This broth was amazing and the tofu was really delicious. I would make the tofu again as a side dish or snack on its own and tofu isn't even my favorite.0 Helpful
Very good and high flavor. We went on the high side for the curry paste and it was perfect!0 Helpful