Crispy salt and pepper tofu
Crispy salt and pepper tofu.
- Serves: 4
- Cooking Time: 20 mins
- Course: Main Course
- Cuisine: Asian
- 450g block of firm/pressed tofu
- 4tbsp cornflour
- Pinch sea salt
- Light olive oil for cooking
- 3tbsp chopped chives or spring onions
- For the seasoning:
- ½tsp sugar
- ½tsp Chinese five spice
- ½tsp black or white pepper
- 1½tsp fine sea salt
- To serve:
- Boiled rice or noodles, green beans or broccoli
1 Place the cornflour in a wide shallow bowl and stir through a pinch of salt. Cut the tofu into chunky, almost bitesize squares. Tumble the tofu cubes in the cornflour to coat them. You may need to use a spoon.
2 Pour about 2cm depth of light olive oil into a wide, heavy-based pan. Place over a high heat. Shallow fry the cubed tofu in batches, turning so that each side gets lightly golden and crisp.
3 Meanwhile, combine all of the seasoning ingredients in a little bowl.
4 Once the tofu is cooked, drain on kitchen paper to remove excess oil.
5 Briefly fry the chopped chives or spring onion in the oil till it loses any raw taste and begins to crisp up. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Serve the crispy tofu on a bowl of white rice or noodles and scatter with the salty seasoning. Garnish with the chives or spring onion and serve with green beans or broccoli.