Peanut Tofu Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

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These crispy fried peanut tofu tacos are an easy and healthy weeknight meal. The tacos are stuffed with spicy tofu, crunchy red cabbage slaw and chopped peanuts.

This may be my favourite tofu recipe yet 😍

Peanut tofu tacos with slaw on a grey plate on a marble background

Overhead shot of three tofu tacos on a plate over a marble background

I’m putting tofu in every meal I can think of because it’s my new favourite vegetarian ingredient. After resisting trying tofu for far too long I finally gave into the temptation and now I’m obsessed!

Whether I’m putting it in spicy tofu sandwiches, making salt and pepper tofu with it or adding it to Korean baked tofu rice bowls it’s popping up in my kitchen on an almost weekly basis these days.

And now we’ve got tofu tacos to add to the list and oh my god they’re so delicious. I made a slightly spicy peanut sauce which I used to marinate the tofu before frying until crispy on the edges, saving plenty of the sauce to drizzle over the finished tacos.

I like to serve these tacos with the added crunch of red cabbage tossed with lime juice and rice vinegar for a light and fresh slaw. 

Overhead shot of grey plate of tofu tacos with peanut sauce and limes on a marble background

Tofu tacos on a platter with coriander

Why we love these tofu tacos:

  • They’re vegetarian and easily made vegan so make a great meal for when you’re avoiding meat or animal products
  • These tacos are spicy and full of flavour thanks to the peanut sauce 
  • They’re so quick and easy to make and you can even meal prep the sauce and slaw ahead of time for an even quicker weeknight meal

Glass jar of peanut sauce for tacos on a marble surface

Peanut tofu tacos with cabbage slaw and coriander on a grey platter

Peanut Tofu Tacos with Cabbage Slaw Ingredients:

  • Peanut Sauce: Made from soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chilli paste, honey, peanut butter, ginger, lime juice, garlic, rice vinegar and cornflour for a sauce full of amazing flavour
  • Tofu: Firm or extra firm tofu is needed here so that it can be cubed and fried
  • Sesame Oil: For frying
  • Peanuts: Chopped to sprinkle over the tacos before serving
  • Tortilla Wraps: Get the mini taco ones and char them before serving
  • Coriander: Chopped and sprinkled over the tacos
  • Slaw: Made from red cabbage, lime juice and rice vinegar for plenty of crunch and tang

Overhead shot of peanut tofu tacos on a plate with a wooden bowl of chopped peanuts

Side on shot of tofu taco with slaw and herbs on a grey plate

Peanut Tofu Tacos with Cabbage Slaw Instructions:

  1. Marinate the tofu: Whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Press and cube the tofu then toss with 1/3 of the sauce.
  2. Make the slaw: Toss the cabbage with the lime juice and rice vinegar and set aside until ready to use.
  3. Fry the tofu: Heat the sesame oil over a high heat and fry the tofu until crispy then serve with the slaw, coriander and chopped peanuts in tortillas.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Plate of tacos with a plate of lime wedges, chopped peanuts and peanut sauce on a marble background

Close up of peanut tofu taco on a grey plate

Expert tips for making tofu tacos:

  • As with most tofu recipes it’s important to press the tofu before frying it to get rid of any excess moisture, that will help to make sure the tofu crisps up when fried. To do this you can use a tofu press or wrap it in kitchen towel on a plate and put under something heavy like a cast iron skillet for at least 10 minutes
  • To make this recipe vegan simply switch the honey in the peanut sauce for maple syrup or agave nectar
  • To meal prep this recipe make the slaw and sauce ahead of time and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • If you want your tofus to be spicier then serve them with some extra hot sauce, I think sriracha works particularly well with this Asian-Mexican fusion dish

Want more? Try these other taco recipes:

 

Peanut tofu tacos with slaw on a grey plate on a marble background

Peanut Tofu Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

These crispy fried peanut tofu tacos are an easy and healthy weeknight meal. The tacos are stuffed with spicy tofu, crunchy red cabbage slaw and chopped peanuts.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Paste
  • 2 tbsp Honey use maple syrup or agave for vegan version
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Ginger grated
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Corn Flour

For the tacos

  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 400 g Tofu pressed and cubed
  • 6 Tortilla Wraps
  • Small bunch Coriander chopped, to serve
  • 50 g Peanuts chopped, to serve

For the slaw

  • 1/2 Red Cabbage chopped
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar

Instructions

  • Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients. Add the tofu, peanuts and 1/3 of the sauce to a bowl and leave to marinate for as long as you have.
  • Toss together the slaw ingredients and set aside.
  • Heat the sesame oil over a medium high heat and add the tofu, fry for about 10 minutes until the tofu is crisped. Remove from the heat.
  • Serve the tofu in wraps with the slaw, coriander and chopped peanuts along with extra sauce for drizzling
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Tofu Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 849mg35%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Vitamin C 49.9mg60%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

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

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    18/05/2019 at 11:57 PM

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and had smiling faces all around the dinner table! Loved the touch of peanuts too!

  • Reply
    Liz
    19/05/2019 at 2:17 AM

    5 stars
    I’m a vegetarian so I’m always looking for new ways to use tofu and I LOVE this idea! This is the kind of recipe that will even get my husband eating tofu 😉

  • Reply
    Terri
    19/05/2019 at 2:38 AM

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried tofu in a taco but this sounds incredible! I love how colourful and delicious it looks!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    19/05/2019 at 4:27 AM

    5 stars
    I love tacos! It’s one of my favorite dishes for hosting! These look so delicious, I love how colorful they are ♥

  • Reply
    Jere Cassidy
    19/05/2019 at 4:44 AM

    5 stars
    My husband will be so happy to have a good taco recipe and this one looks exceptionally good.

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