Firecracker tofu is our vegan adaptation of the famous Firecracker chicken you may have had at Wagamama or your local Chinese restaurant. If you enjoy spicy food, you are going to love this!
The core of this recipe is the firecracker sauce — a fiery sweet and spicy dip. We'll show you how to make it from scratch below, using only simple ingredients and no sugar or preservatives. You could also buy this ready-made in the Asian section of your local grocery, but we think you can do better yourself.
As we don't know what level of spiciness you can tolerate, we'll give you the option to prepare the sauce in four different levels of hotness. Read how to do this in the tips at the bottom of the recipe.
To turn the classic firecracker chicken vegan, we made two major changes. The first is swapping chicken with tofu. If you are on a plant-based diet but are intolerant to soy, you could use seitan or our vegan jackfruit nuggets. The second change is to use maple syrup instead of honey to make our sweet and spicy sauce. If you don't consider yourself a strict vegan, you can stick with honey instead.
As well as being darn tasty, this recipe is also quite forgiving on your waistline. A generous handful of spicy tofu bites will only net you 200 kcal but a solid 28% RDI of proteins.
So how do you eat firecracker tofu? We had half on their own and half with rice. Matching it with sticky white rice is a smart idea. It's quick and easy to make, and it helps to tone down this fiery dish. If, instead, you want to enjoy the tofu bites in all their glorious spiciness, pair them with a veggie or noodle stir-fry.