Thai Tofu Peanut Noodles
with red peppers & coleslaw mix
- Tofu, extra-firm - 1 lb, cubed (vacuum-packed preferable)
- Pasta, spaghetti or linguini - 6 oz
- Bell peppers, red - 1, sliced thinly
- Cilantro - 3 Tbsp, chopped
- Cornstarch - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
- 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 - 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)
- 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)
- Ginger / Peppers / Cilantro - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
- Make peanut sauce - 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, 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)
- 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, and cilantro and toss everything through. Taste and season with more salt, pepper, lime juice, and / or hot sauce. Enjoy warm!
Didn’t really like it.. not a big fan of tofu, and I prefer cabbage raw i guess0 Helpful
Works well with broccoli. The sauce is so easy and delicious, this is a great quick dinner option. Didn't really need the cornstarch on the tofu though.0 Helpful
I made this with rice noodles instead. Amazing!0 Helpful
Used peanut butter instead of cashew. AMAZING.0 Helpful
Made this and subbed Gardein Vegetarian Chicken. Also, by accident I used rice vermicelli (which I'd bought for a recipe later in the week)... it worked well actually! I used broccoli/carrot slaw mix from Trader Joe (sauteed), reserved the bell pepper raw (toddler preference), and saved sirrachi sauce to pour on top for the adults. Really good.0 Helpful
Easily customizable for taste preferences. I liked making my own sauce it felt much cleaner. My husband remarked on the lack of crunch so I will add water chestnuts or sprouts next time (I had to use frozen peppers). Very good taste! I used soba noodles and made plenty for leftovers. Delicious cold the next day!0 Helpful