This crispy chilli tofu is honestly just like take-out crispy chilli beef, minus the beef of course. It’s so tasty, surprisingly simple to make and is the perfect fake-away dish to impress your dinner guests!

I actually made this sauce myself after a trip to my local Asian supermarket to pick up some ingredients, but you could easily use a store bought sweet chilli sauce.

I love making Asian food, so if you do get a chance to pop into an Asian supermarket, here’s some ingredients I always like to stock up on that go amazingly in this dish! Red pepper chilli paste, Szechuan peppercorns, Soybean curd, Shaoxing rice wine & sesame oil. You can add a lot of these ingredients to most Asian dishes and it will intensify your flavours.


  • Firm tofu
  • Cornflour
  • All purpose flour
  • Dairy-free milk
  • Onion
  • Red pepper


  • 1 tbsp Red pepper chilli paste
  • 1/2 tbsp beancurd
  • Splash of Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp of toasted Szechuan peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Red Chilli (to taste)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Cornstarch (to make it thick & saucy)


  1. Start by making your crispy tofu – in a bowl mix 1/2 cornflour & 1/2 all purpose flour along with enough dairy-free milk to make a thick batter
  2. Cut your tofu into your desired strips and coat into the batter – for extra crisp, dip the battered tofu into more flour then back into the batter mix
  3. Deep fry the battered tofu for a few minutes until it starts to brown then remove and place to one side
  4. Make your sauce by combining all of the ingredients except from the cornstarch
  5. In your wok, fry your onion & pepper for a couple of minutes along with any other veg you fancy with it
  6. Add the sauce to the pan and pour in your cornstarch allowing it to bubble for a couple of minutes into a thick sauce
  7. Add your crispy tofu to the sauce and cook through for a further minute adding a splash of soy sauce and a seasoning of salt & pepper
  8. Top with extra chilli flakes for a kick along with sesame oil & sesame seeds

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