Caramel Cooked Tofu Recipe

Tofu Lacquered in a Sweet, Salty, Fragrant Sauce

Glazed Tofu

This delicious vegan tofu sample recipe from food blogger Michael Natkin's new cookbook, Herbivoracious, is made using a Vietnamese cooking technique.

The result is some of the tastiest tofu I've ever eaten.

If you've been wanting to learn how to cook tofu Vietnamese-style, Michael Natkin's caramel cooked tofu recipe is the place to start.

Total prep & cook time: 20 min

2 - 4 Servings

Nutrition Data, 148g Serving: 262 cal, 38g carb, 8g fat, 676mg sodium, 2g fiber, 14g protein, 29g Sugars, low Cholesterol, good source Protein, Calcium and Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 24


  • 1/4 cup rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use a wheat-free version for gluten-free)
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, patted thoroughly dry and cut into 2 x 2 x 1/3-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup thinly slice white onion
  • Optional: 4 to 8 dried small red chiles
  • 5 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
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  1. Whisk together the rice wine, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and sugar until the sugar dissolves
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat
  3. Lay the tofu squares in the skillet in a single layer (or as close to a single layer as possible)
  4. Fry until golden brown on one side, about 4 minutes
  5. Flip the tofu and immediately pour in the sauce; add the onion and chiles, if using
  6. The sauce will sputter and begin to caramelize. Keep a close eye on it, and move the tofu around a little bit to let the sauce get under it
  7. Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened and becomes a fairly thick glaze coating the tofu, about 4 minutes more
  8. Serve immediately, topped with the scallions
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Recipe Tips:

When Michael Natkin says high heat, he means it! The sauce won't caramelize unless the temperature is high enough.

Recipe Comments:

I doubled the recipe so my husband and I can have leftovers tomorrow night. I did add a few chili peppers but probably not enough. I cut my tofu into thin triangles. And i browned the tofu for a minute or two after flipping before i added the sauce. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written. Before I washed the pan I used my finger to scrape the pan so I could just eat some of the sauce....it was that good! - Nancy M.

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