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Kung Pao Tofu in a blue bowl with chopsticks

Kung Pao Tofu

This Kung Pao Tofu is an easy Chinese stir fry dish that is loaded with flavor but low in calories. It's the best vegan recipe seasoned packed with vegetables and toasted in a simple homemade brown sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 330kcal


  • 14 ounce tofu extra firm, water pressed out
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and sliced finely
  • 2 cups fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup peanuts


  • Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar and brown sugar in a bowl to make the sauce. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • Press tofu to remove the excess water
  • Then cut to tofu into cubes.
  • Place the cut tofu in the sauce and marinate for 20 minutes.
  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat.
  • Carefully remove the tofu from the sauce and add to the pan. Fry until crispy on each side.
  • Remove the tofu and sauce from the pan and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium heat.
  • Cook onions and carrots until they begin to soften.
  • Add bell peppers, spinach, ginger and garlic.
  • Stir fry for 2-3 minutes until peppers begin to soften.
  • Add peanuts and tofu and combine all ingredients together.
  • Simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Remove from heat
  • Serve over rice if desired.


Be sure to press all the water out of the tofu so it stays firm and gets crispy.
Use tamari sauce or coconut aminos (found to make this recipe gluten-free as well.
Store in air tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1655mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4886IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 3mg