Easy Caramelized Tofu

August 2, 2016

Tofu can be a tricky thing to face. It’s so easy to make it bald, tasteless and boring! However, when cooked right, it can be an excellent addition to your favorite vegetable dishes. In this recipe you’ll discover how to make a quick and easy caramelized tofu. It’s flavorful and oh, so mouth-watering!

Tofu is made by curdling fresh soya milk, pressing it into a solid block and then cooling it – in much the same way that traditional dairy cheese is made by curdling and solidifying milk.

When it comes to cooking delicious tofu, adding lots of spices is the key. Store bought tofu is usually pretty tasteless. If you don’t add any spices while cooking it, it will turn out pretty boring. So always remember about the spices!

Tofu contains 8 essential amino acids which are important for both your physical and mental health. It’s loaded with muscle-building protein. 100g of tofu contains 48g of protein which is more than in beef (38g), lamb (36g) or chicken (33g). This makes it a perfect food for all vegans or vegetarians who want to build up their muscles. Tofu is also high in calcium which is essential for strong bones.

With all these benefits in mind, let’s look at the recipe.

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To make a small bowl of caramelized tofu, you’ll need:

  • 250g extra firm tofu
  • one middle sized onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce (I used dark soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • olive oil for frying
  • for a richer taste, you can add some parsley and sun-dried tomatoes


  1. Heat a pan. Chop the onion and garlic cloves. Sprinkle the pan with some olive oil, cook the onions and garlic for about 3 – 5 minutes.
  2. Slice the tofu into small cubes, add to the pan together with sesame seeds. Cook for another 2 minutes, stir well.
  3. Add soy sauce and maple syrup, stir well. At this point add parsley and sun-dried tomatoes if you want to. Cook for another 5 – 8 minutes.
  4. Serve together with rice, legumes or salad.

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  • Reply Julia Milazzo July 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Do you use two whole regular onions in this recipe? It sounds like a lot for only 0.55 lbs of tofu.

    • Reply The Thriving Vegan July 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

      I didn’t use big onions, they were quite small, a bit bigger than a size of a ping pong ball. I’ll clarify this in the recipe as well. Hope this helps, Julia! 🙂

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