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Overhead shot of salt and pepper tofu in a blue bowl with toppings

Crispy Fried Salt and Pepper Tofu

This salt and pepper tofu is so crispy and makes the perfect snack or easy dinner. Serve with plenty of soy sauce and rice or noodles to make it a full meal. 
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 96kcal


  • 340 g Firm Tofu
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Cornflour for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Sichuan Peppercorns crushed, if you can't get hold of them then you can use freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt Flakes
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 3 Chillies sliced
  • 2 Spring Onions sliced
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Lime Wedges to serve
  • Soy Sauce to serve


  • Pat the tofu dry and press for at least 10 minutes. Cut into small cubes. 
  • Heat 4cm oil to 180°C/350°F in a large frying pan or wok. Dust the tofu with cornflour and chilli powder, add to the oil and fry until crisp on all sides. Cook in batches if you need to then drain on kitchen paper.
  • Mix the crushed sichuan peppercorns with the sugar and salt. Pour all but 2 tablespoon oil away then return to the heat and add the garlic, chilli and spring onions then add the tofu and sprinkle over the seasoning and cook for 2 minutes. Tip out onto a plate and top with coriander and lime. Serve with soy sauce.


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


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 50.3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1.6mg