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Five Spice Crispy Tofu

Five Spice Crispy Tofu

Serves 4-6

Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free


  • 1 block of plain tofu
  • 60ml shoyu (good quality soy sauce)
  • a thumb of ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • apple juice to cover
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice powder (shop bought or homemade)
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds (regular or black or a mix)
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Slice the tofu into thick chunks and place in the marinade for at least an hour but up to 3 days. It will taste stronger over time.
  3. Remove the tofu from its marinade, drain on kitchen paper and gently squeeze.
  4. Mix together the corn flour, sesame and spices and press the tofu in the spice mix.
  5. Heat approximately 50ml vegetable or sunflower oil in the wok and heat until hot-test by dropping in a small piece of tofu or bread. It is hot enough when the tofu floats to the top straight away and becomes crispy and golden. 
  6. Fry the tofu in 2 batches until golden and crispy.
  7. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper and repeat with the remaining tofu.