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Thai Red Curry Tofu Lettuce Cups
with green smoothie

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min
These lettuce cups are proof that recipes don’t need to be complicated to be packed with flavor. The spice of tofu simmered in a coconut curry sauce is balanced by crisp, cooling lettuce leaves. These are messy but fun to eat!


Red Curry Tofu Lettuce Cups:
  • Tofu, extra firm (vacuum packed preferable) - 16 oz , 1" / 2.5cm
  • Coconut milk, light - 1/3 cup
  • Red curry paste - 1 Tbsp (sub green or yellow)
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Basil, fresh - 4 leaves , chiffonade
  • Lettuce, romaine - 12 leaves (sub green leaf or iceberg)
  • Limes - 1 , wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Peanuts - 2 oz
  • Hot sauce - for serving
Green Smoothie:
  • Peaches, frozen or fresh - 12 oz , roughly chopped
  • Ginger (opt) - 1 tsp , grated
  • Baby spinach - 3 oz
  • Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Ice - 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk, light - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1/2 cup


  1. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Slice into 1" / 2.5cm cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Make stir-fry sauce - Whisk together coconut milk (the portion for the tofu), curry paste, soy sauce and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Basil / Lettuce / Limes - Prep as directed.
  4. Make green smoothie - If using fresh peaches, chop into large pieces. Grate ginger. Combine peaches, ginger, spinach, lime juice, ice, coconut milk (the portion for the smoothie) and water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add some more water, if needed to help the smoothie blend more easily. Taste and add some honey (not in ingredients list) if you’d like it a bit more sweet.

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  1. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and then tofu to heated oil. Saute until tofu is golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Whisk together cornstarch and water.
  3. Pour stir-fry sauce and cornstarch / water mixture over tofu. Continue cooking until sauce has thickened, ~2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  4. Set everything out on the table so that everyone can assemble their lettuce cups by filling lettuce leaves with tofu and peanuts. Finish lettuce cups by topping them with a squeeze of lime juice and some hot sauce (if you’d like).
  5. Enjoy lettuce cups with smoothies on the side.



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