Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions

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This crispy fried tofu sandwich is full of spicy flavour. Stuffed with rocket, coriander and some pink pickled onions, these sandwiches make an incredible lunch or dinner.

OMG this sandwich though, guys!

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Sometime Will and I are completely stuck on what to make for dinner. I do regular shops and meal plans but sometimes we run out of recipes to make and we haven’t had time to do another food shop and in those situations we have to think of something on the fly.

The other day this situation occurred and we were trying to come up with something to make. Will suggested tofu (which is amazing in itself because he is definitely not a tofu fan) and I remembered a recipe that I’d written a little while ago and I hadn’t had chance to try making yet.

And it was this tofu sandwich.

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Why we love this tofu sandwich with pink pickled onions:

  • It’s vegetarian and easily made vegan by switching the mayo for your favourite vegan brand
  • The tofu is crispy and spicy thanks to the amazing marinade and quick frying
  • This sandwich is also so quick to make since the only cooking involved is the frying of the tofu
  • It’s also great for meal prep since the whole sandwich tastes just as good cold as it does just after it’s been cooked

So there’s just a few simple elements involved in making this sandwich. 

A simple marinade of soy sauce, lime, garlic and ginger is poured over the tofu before cooking and then added to the pan as it fries so that it’s really bursting with that flavour.

I made these in crusty baguettes and added rocket, coriander (cilantro), mayo and pink pickled onions (which I first used in these salmon tacos) plus a good drizzle of hot sauce. 

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Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions Ingredients:

  • Tofu: Make sure you get extra firm tofu and definitely press it if you have time, even if it’s only for a few minutes
  • Tofu Marinade: A simple combination of soy sauce, lime, garlic, ginger and olive oil
  • Sandwich Rolls: You could really choose anything but I like the crustiness of a baguette plus it gives it a bit of a banh mi feeling which I love
  • Fresh Coriander: For a delicious herby flavour
  • Sriracha: Or whatever your favourite hot sauce is
  • Mayo: Leave out or use your favourite vegan brand if you prefer
  • Rocket (Arugula): For a peppery crunch
  • Pink Pickled Onions: These are so quick and add so much flavour

Side on shot of tofu sandwich on a wooden board with hot sauce in the background

Close up of tofu sandwich with pink pickled onions in a baguette

Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions Instructions:

  1. Prep the tofu: Press the tofu then slice. Whisk the marinade ingredients then pour over the tofu.
  2. Fry the tofu: Heat a frying pan and fry the tofu in batches with the marinade until sticky and crispy.
  3. Make the pickled onions: Pour boiling water over the onion slices. Mix the vinegar, salt and sugar, add the onion slices and peppercorns and set aside.
  4. Make the sandwiches: Split open the baguettes, spread with mayo. Add tofu slices, pickled onions, rocket, coriander leaves and a drizzle of hot sauce.

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Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions

This crispy fried tofu sandwich is full of spicy flavour. Stuffed with rocket, coriander and some pink pickled onions, these sandwiches make an incredible lunch or dinner.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 629kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

For the Tofu

  • 400 g Firm Tofu
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger grated

For the Sandwiches

  • Olive oil
  • 2 Small Baguettes
  • Small bunch Fresh Coriander
  • Sriracha to serve
  • Mayo to serve
  • 40 g Rocket to serve

For the Pickled Onions

  • 1 Red Onion sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 150 ml Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Peppercorns

Instructions

  • Pat dry the tofu and press for 10 minutes (or as much time as you have) then slice into 1cm thick slices. Whisk together all the marinade ingredients. Place the tofu in a shallow dish and pour over the marinade.
  • Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add a drizzle of oil. Fry the tofu in batches, pouring over some of the marinade to get it extra sticky. It will need a couple of minutes on each side until it's browned and crisp.
  • Put the onion slices in a sieve over the sink and pour over 500ml (2 cups) of boiling water. Mix the vinegar, salt and sugar in a container you can use to store the onions. Add the onions and peppercorns and set aside until ready to use.
  • Cut open the baguettes and spread with mayo. Stuff with the tofu slides, pickled onions, rocket, coriander and a drizzle of sriracha.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 629 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 2367mg 99%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin C 11.4%
Calcium 37.1%
Iron 38.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
 
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    28/03/2019 at 11:06 AM


    this sandwich looks just incredible Amy. I love the spiciness of the tofu and pickled onions are def one of my favorite condiments!

  • Reply
    Rosa
    28/03/2019 at 11:19 AM


    I love pickled onions on a sandwich. This combo sounds great, can’t wait to try.

  • Reply
    Dannii
    28/03/2019 at 11:29 AM


    We are always looking for new sandwich ideas and this looks great! The tofu sounds delicious.

  • Reply
    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    28/03/2019 at 12:10 PM


    What a glorious sandwich!! I’m a sucker for a well filled, full of flavour sandwich and this looks perfect and so delicious!

  • Reply
    Meghna
    28/03/2019 at 12:41 PM


    This sandwich is just so cool. So easy to make, delicious, filling and that fried tofu are such gorgeous addition.

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