These Spicy Peanut Tofu Bowls with Quick Pickled Veggies are a super delicious, flavor-packed plant based meal! The tofu is baked and tossed in a spicy peanut sauce, then served over rice with quick pickled vegetables, crispy shallots, chopped peanuts, scallions, and cilantro. So much flavor!
Preheat oven to 425℉. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tofu cubes on the baking sheet and add the sesame oil, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and soy sauce until evenly coated. Sprinkle on the cornstarch and toss again to coat. Bake for 40-45 minutes, tossing halfway through baking, until golden and crispy on the edges. After baking, toss in 2 tablespoons of the peanut sauce.
In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, apple cider vinegar, honey, and salt. Let sit for 20-30 minutes while tofu is baking. That's it!
In a medium bowl, combine the cucumber, apple cider vinegar, honey, and salt. Let sit for 20-30 minutes while tofu is baking. That's it!
In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha, honey, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce until smooth. Add the hot water and whisk together until smooth and creamy. If you like a thinner sauce, add more hot water a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Heat about an inch of vegetable or canola oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. You will know when oil is ready when you stick the end of a wooden spoon in the oil and tiny bubbles form around it. Fry the shallots in batches, for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Season with salt while they are hot. Let drain on paper towels. Do this in 2-3 batches to avoid overcrowding.
Place tofu over a bed of rice. Top with a generous drizzle of peanut sauce and a handful of pickled onions and cucumbers. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, scallions, cilantro, sesame seeds, and a handful of crispy shallots. Devour!
*I recommend pressing your tofu with a tofu press like this one to get all of the water out, or you can wrap your tofu in paper towels and stack a heavy cast iron skillet on top with some cans in it for a good 20-30 minutes. This will ensure a crispier tofu!
*You can sub a gluten free flour if you need to! This is my favorite.
*I used white jasmine rice, but you can use brown rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice for a lower carb option!
*If you want to make these for dinner during the week, but you don’t have a ton of time after work, you can cook a batch of rice on the weekend, make the peanut sauce on the weekend, chop up your veggies, and then during the week, you can just cook the tofu, and marinate the pickled veggies while it’s baking!