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Sweet Spicy Mushrooms and Tofu

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
Fried tofu and mushrooms are tossed in sweet chili sauce infused with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Mushrooms and tofu with lemongrass chili sauce makes a great appetizer or side dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2 people
Mushrooms and tofu with lemongrass-infused sweet chili sauce


For the lemongrass chili sauce

To cook the dish

  • 150 grams firm tofu
  • 1 cup cooking oil for frying
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 4 to 6 button mushrooms I used brown, quartered
  • salt
  • pepper

To garnish


Make the sauce

  • In a small sauce pan, stir all the ingredients together with a quarter cup of water.
  • Bring the sauce to a gentle boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for ten minutes until reduced by about a third. The sauce will thicken a bit more as it cools.
    Lemongrass Chili Sauce in Pot
  • Leave it to infuse while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. If you have the time, you may cook the sauce a day ahead and let it infuse at room temperature overnight.

Cook the tofu

  • Cut the tofu into one-inch cubes.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan.
  • Fry the tofu in the hot oil until golden and crisp. Flip them around during frying for even browning.
  • Scoop out the tofu and set aside.

Complete the dish

  • Pour off the oil from the frying pan leaving only about two tablespoonfuls. Reheat the oil.
  • Over medium heat, cook the quartered mushrooms with the sliced onion in the hot oil with a little salt and pepper for about two minutes.
  • Add the tofu back to the pan. Stir.
  • Take about a quarter cup of the sauce, pour over the tofu and mushrooms and cook, tossing, for about half a minute to heat the tofu cubes through.
  • Spoon the mushrooms and tofu with lemongrass chili sauce into small bowls.
  • Drizzle any remaining sauce in the pan directly over the mushrooms and tofu.
  • Sprinkle with sliced scallions before serving.


Updated from a recipe originally published in 8/2/2017
Keyword Mushrooms, Tofu