Spicy Lemongrass Tofu

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by gailanng

For the daring.

Top Review by Amelia md

This was delicious! I used lemongrass paste since lemongrass stalks are hard to come by where I live. We also skipped the sesame seeds. It was so easy to make. DH declares this is his favorite tofu dish. Thanks for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 13 lb tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and patted dry
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, very white bottoms only and finely minced
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sambal oelek chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • salt
  • black sesame seeds (or combination of both) or white sesame seeds (or combination of both)


  1. Combine the chili paste and lemongrass.
  2. Season tofu with salt then coat with chili paste/lemongrass mixture. Allow the tofu to marinate for about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot enough; carefully add the tofu cubes. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until carmelized, careful not to crowd. Remove from oil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  4. Note: 1. Soft tofu produces a better 'bite', but firm tofu produces a crispier end product. 2. I might even consider sprinkling on the sesame seeds prior to cooking just as a test.

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