Freshly ground black peppercorns give this tofu dish its signature fiery kick, which we add to a sweet and sticky sauce and serve with rice, broccoli and cucumber.
- If you can’t find light and dark soy sauce, you can simply use regular soy sauce (which is probably light soy sauce). However it might add a more salty flavour to the dish, so you might want to consider adding more sweetness to balance the flavour.
- You can easily lower the total calories and fat by reducing the amount of coconut oil and maple syrup.
- The tofu we use is extra-firm and doesn’t require pressing. Depending on how firm your tofu is, you might need to press it before slicing into cubes.
- We like our black pepper sauce extra fiery so we add all three teaspoons of freshly ground black peppercorns, but you can choose to add less and adjust to your liking.
- You can serve the tofu with whatever veggies you like. Steamed pak choi or green beans would also work well, as well as grated carrot and thinly sliced radish.
- 300g (10.6oz) firm tofu, press if required
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1.5 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch in the US)
- jasmine rice, for 2 people
- 150g (5.3 oz) broccoli
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled + finely chopped
- 1/2 thumb of fresh ginger, peeled + finely chopped
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tsp black peppercorns
- 3 spring onion, chopped
- 1/2 red chilli, chopped + seeds removed
- 1/4 cucumber, diced
- Slice the tofu into cubes and transfer to a bowl. Cover with the cornflour and mix until the tofu is coated all over in the cornflour.
- Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu and fry on all sides until golden, which will take about 10-15 minutes. Then transfer to a plate.
- Meanwhile, cook the rice as per the packet instructions and steam the broccoli for about 5 minutes or until slightly soft, then keep both covered.
- Place the pan back on the heat and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and ginger and fry for 2 minutes or until they begin to brown.
- Next add the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and maple syrup. Then grind the peppercorns and add them to the sauce (depending on how fiery you like it, you might want to add half and see how you go). Turn the heat up and cook for another couple of minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken, but avoid caramelising the sauce because the syrup might burn.
- Finally add the crispy tofu, spring onion, and red chilli. Stir to coat the tofu in the sauce, then serve with the jasmine rice, broccoli and cucumber.