How to Make a Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl

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How to Make a Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl

How to Make a Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl. Food is the the ultimate comfort. Whether it’s a bar of chocolate or a slice of cake, or a packet of your favourite crisps, when we need a big hug, it’s often not our loved ones, but our most beloved food we throw ourselves towards. Here’s my recipe for a hug in a bowl: a quick and easy rainbow velvet tofu bowl.

The connection between food and comfort

There is no doubt that food triggers a sense of well-being, albeit temporary. A study in Finland, from the Turku PET Centre revealed different brain patterns between a bland meal and a delicious meal. The brain releases opioid-like chemicals called Endorphins.

Interestingly, the brain released the same amount of chemicals, whether or not the meal was delicious or bland (but had the same calorific content), just in different concentration. A salty, stringy delicious pizza sends these opioid chemicals pouring out, so you instantly feel that “mmmmmmmm” feeling from the first bite. However, the bland, but no less calorific meal (for example, a protein drink), gradually releases the chemical, producing a more steady feeling of satiety. There is an ongoing study as to the connection between obesity and this flood of endorphins, and it will be interesting to see if this could have a positive affect on people with eating disorders (both over and under) in the future.

I fluctuate somewhere between the two: I am either pigging out on sweets or I’m trying to moderate by eating diet bars. When I’m busy writing or photographing, I like to prepare food that is going to keep me full and satisfied throughout the day, but I don’t want an annoying sugar crash, and likewise, I don’t want to start feeling ravenously hungry mid-shoot either.

What Is a Tofu Bowl?

Tofu Bowls are such a perfect solution to that predicament, they are healthy but in no way do you compromise on taste or satiety of hunger. You can adapt them to your own tastes on the day, or what you have in the cupboard and fridge.

What I particularly like about tofu bowls is how versatile they are. You don’t even have to use noodles, you can use rice, or I suppose, mashed potato if you had some laying around (not sure I recommend that though…).

My preferred way to serve tofu, whether it’s in a bowl or not, or is velveted. This is a common method used in Chinese cookery to keep chicken or other meat moist and flavourful, but with a crisp coating. Velveting does exactly the same for tofu. It gives it a really crisp outer, but a delicious creamy interior.

tofu draining

Some methods require you to add oil and jump through several other hoops, but I have a super easy, super quick method that will give you the best tofu ever! The only caveat is you must make sure you buy firm tofu. I love the Tofoo brand when I make my Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl, but there are many other choices out there!

Firm Tofu

Firm Tofu has been pressed so that most of the moisture has been squeezed out. You may need to dry it between a couple of sheets of paper towel when you open it but you won’t need to press it. Silken Tofu is much more fragile and may fall apart when you’re frying it. Not what you want.

Once dried, you then make it wet again, by dipping it in milk and then in a seasoned cornflour mixture. I make this simple and mess-free by using a Ziplock bag. You then fry the tofu for a couple of minutes and serve with your favourite sauce! The bowl is optional, but helps with feeling cosy! Now you can assemble your Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl with all sorts of different fridge fixin’s! I love mange tout, and baby sweetcorn, but you could use tinned corn, or cold salad veg too. If tofu is not your thing, Taylor over at Whisk Averse Baking has got a delicious recipe for a Roasted Chickpea and Sweet Potato Bowl here.

Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl
a bowl of rice and tofu

Velvet Tofu Bowl with Peanut Ginger Sauce

A quick and simple way to prepare tofu
5 from 27 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Plant based breakfast, tofu, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • Frying Pan
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Ziplock Bag
  • Chopping Board
  • Shallow dish

Ingredients

For the Velvet Tofu

  • 1 pk Firm Tofu, drained and dried
  • ¼ cup Cornflour
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ¼ cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • Oil for frying

Peanut Ginger Sauce

  • ¼ cup Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour whisked with 2 tbsp water

Instructions

To make the Velvet Tofu

  • Drain and dry your tofu.
    tofu draining
  • Cut tofu into cubes
    cubed tofu
  • Pour the milk into your shallow bowl. Add the tofu to the bowl, coating it.
    tofu in milk
  • In the ziplock bag, add the cornstarch, sesame seeds and seasoning.
    seasoning in bag
  • Drop the cubes of tofu into the ziplock bag (not the milk though!) and gently shake the bag until the tofu is coated in the mixture.
    tofu in bag with seasoning
  • In a frying pan, heat 4 tbsp vegetable oil until it starts to shimmer slightly.
  • Carefully drop the velvetted cubes of tofu into the hot oil and fry on each side until light golden brown. This should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Remove from the oil and drain.
    tofu draining

Peanut Ginger Sauce

  • Add all the ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring up to the boil and stir vigorously with a whisk until it thickens. Remove from heat immediately.
    Tofu with a Bowl of Sauce
  • To serve, drop the cubes of tofu into the sauce and coat thoroughly.
    How to Make a Quick and Easy Vegan Tofu Bowl

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  1. This looks absolutely incredible! Love the photos !

  2. Who the heck needs to order takeout after reading this recipe! Love it!

  3. This looks amazeballs!!

  4. Kirby Jeanne says:

    This looks soooo good! I’m definitely going to need to try this technique!

  5. Jenny Hurley says:

    WOW this looks delicious! Can’t wait to make this!

  6. Jahma Levi says:

    Making this for dinner tonight! Thanks so much for the idea and breaking the steps down!

  7. This looks perfect! Going to make this ASAP

  8. Wow this looks absolutely delicious!! Cannot wait to try!

  9. Ohhh this looks so delish, adding this to my next weekly meal plan!

  10. Definitely trying this next time I cook tofu! Thanks!

  11. This bowl looks absolutely amazing. I’ve never heard about velveting tofu before but it sounds delicious. I especially love the sound of that peanut and ginger sauce ( I’m literally drooling).

  12. Thank you so so much for sharing this on SIPB – I have already pinned this as I will for sure make use of the seasoned cornflour mixture you described, as I think it adds an extra dimension to the dish. WOW – just love it.

  13. 4 stars
    I’ve only tried tofu once, but this looks delicious!

  14. 5 stars
    Looks amazing, can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks for sharing.

  15. 5 stars
    Thanks for such a great recipe! it worked out just perfect!

  16. Alexandra says:

    5 stars
    What a delicious option for dinner!

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I’m fond of the tofoo brand of tofu too. It’s easy to use and hardly any excess water which is great. Love the sound of this dish. Thank you.

  18. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    I love how quick and easy this is!

  19. 5 stars
    This tofu bowl looks delicious

  20. 5 stars
    Never thought of using milk in tofu; however, this one is so flavorful and comforting!

  21. 5 stars
    It was too good! Thanks!

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