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Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce Recipe

Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce
I have a thing for magazines.

People always say that print is dead and that the internet has replaced magazines and newspapers. Well, clearly these people do not know me. Because I will take a print magazine over the internet any day. There’s something about magazines that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

Sweet Red Pepper
It’s probably because I grew up reading magazines. My grandma subscribed to just about every publication under the sun–Cosmopolitan, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Lucky. But my favorite were the tabloids. Once a week, my grandparents would drop off a big shopping bag full of old magazines for my mom to read and I’d immediately rifle through them, pull out The National Enquirer, and bring it up to my room. I was quite possibly the only third grader who knew all about Jessica Hahn or that Kitty Dukakis was drinking rubbing alcohol before her stint at Betty Ford. And when I grew up, it was kind of fitting that I was a periodicals librarian. For a while, at least.

Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce
Although I still love tabloids, most of my magazine subscriptions are food-related now. If it’s a magazine and it involves food, you can bet I probably get it delivered to my mailbox once a month. Years ago, I used to tear out all the vegetarian recipes, but lately I gravitate towards the recipes made with meat. It’s more of a challenge! And so many of the vegetarian recipes in magazines are similar–vegetable lasagna is nice, but I don’t need 20 recipes for it, you see.

I clipped out a recipe for a Grilled Thai Chicken Sandwich from the most recent issue of Eating Well because I thought it would be good with tofu instead. I ended up making a lot of changes, but the resulting meal was super tasty.

Tofu Triangles
If you read my tofu for tofu haters post, you might remember this cooking technique–I cut the tofu into 16 triangles and then fry it in a tablespoon of oil. It gives the tofu a crunchy exterior and a bit of a nutty flavor. But the real nutty flavor comes from peanut sauce. Delicious ginger peanut sauce!

(I also have a thing for peanut sauce.)

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Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger Peanut Sauce Recipe

Crispy tofu triangles are topped with gingery peanut sauce and fresh veggies in these easy vegan sandwiches. Inspired by Eating Well’s Grilled Thai Chicken Sandwiches; sauce adapted from The New York Times’ Tofu with Peanut Ginger Sauce.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

Crispy Tofu

  • 1-14 oz. package extra-firm tofu, pressed for 30 minutes (you can use a tofu press)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable or peanut oil

Ginger Peanut Sauce

  • 6 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2-3 tsp. light brown sugar (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. ginger juice (see note)
  • cayenne to taste (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. lite coconut milk or water

Sandwiches

  • 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 c. sliced green onion
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 4 sandwich wraps, pitas, tortillas, or naan (if you don’t eat dairy, make sure the naan is vegan if you use it!)
  • lime wedges (optional)

Instructions

Crispy Tofu

  1. Cut tofu crosswise into 8 slices; cut each slice into two triangles. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high eat. Carefully place tofu in skillet (the oil may spatter a little!); cook about 5 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy. Transfer tofu to plate lined with paper towels to absorb any extra oil.

Ginger Peanut Sauce

  1. Whisk together all ingredients. Add additional coconut milk or water, one tablespoon at a time, to thin sauce if necessary. (Some peanut butters are thicker than others, so the amount you need depends on the type of peanut butter you use.)

Sandwiches

  1. Heat sandwich wraps, tortillas, pitas, or naan according to package instructions–you want them to be pliable so they can be folded over without breaking. Top each with 4 pieces of tofu, shredded carrot, red pepper, green onion, cilantro, and peanut sauce and fold. Serve with lime wedges, if using.

Notes

To press tofu, use a tofu press, or place between two plates or cutting boards lined with paper towels and weighed down with a heavy object for at least 30 minutes. To make ginger juice, grate about 2 tablespoons of ginger (you can use a ginger grater like this one), wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze juice into small bowl. Discard pulp.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich

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76 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    October 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Your pics are mouthwatering!
    I will try this recipe, but I’m going to substitute the tofu with Paneer cheese. I’m one of those tofu haters))) Maybe that’s because I can’t cook it right. As for Paneer cheese it always taste great!

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      Kiersten
      October 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      My husband loves paneer! I’ve never tried cooking with it myself, though.

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      Aleisha leonard
      May 28, 2013 at 5:14 am

      So yummy. Thanks for adapting, and sharing. I added lots of fresh grated ginger instead of ginger syrup.

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    gem
    October 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    That looks so good. I LOVE tofu and I’m usually just eating it the same way – so love finding new recipes!

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    Sharon
    October 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the recipe it is excellent-highly recommended! Made some minor adjustments and found this flavorful with the right balance of creamy, crunchy, zesty, and smooth.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it–thanks for letting me know! πŸ™‚

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      Eric
      December 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      How long will the Peanut Sauce keep for?

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    Genevieve
    October 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I love the sounds of this recipe! Of course I love the sounds of anything that has peanut sauce haha…I love the combination of tofu, carrot, red pepper and peanut sauce, but I’ve only tried it as salads or noodle dishes – I bet it would make an amazing sandwich!

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      Kiersten
      October 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      This is my favorite peanut sauce recipe. Oh, it is so good!

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    Shirley
    October 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I get my magazines on my e-reader and read my news online — being in the newspaper business, I’m probably shooting myself in the foot. I prefer magazines in print, but I figured I’m saving trees and the e-version is cheaper. Yum, I love crispy tofu! Would never have dreamed of saying that 10 years ago. I like the flavors in this!

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      Kiersten
      October 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Maybe if I had an iPad, I’d be more inclined to read magazines online. But my laptop is too huge (it’s a widescreen) and my phone is too small. πŸ™‚

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    Notorious Spinks
    October 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

    These look good. I need to see if I can have tofu for my candida diet. I sure hope so.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    October 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Oh my, this looks so incredible! Beautiful colors and I love the flavors!

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    del
    October 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I might try this with a Vietnamese bÑnh mì baguette type bread, since the ingredients seem to fit it well.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      That would definitely work well!

  • Reply
    BusyWorkingMama
    October 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Looks delicious, as usual! Such a colorful combination, too!

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    Anna Banana
    January 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    These are so ridiculously delicious! I broiled the tofu instead of frying it (to save myself the mess and to use less oil). I also threw some kale lightly sauteed with ginger on there, too. Incredible lunch! I can’t wait to make them again (or to eat them again tomorrow since I have more tofu).

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      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Yay, I’m happy they turned out well! I love the idea of adding kale to them too!

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    Emma
    January 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I made this tonight. SO good, very flavorful, and not complicated. (: Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks for letting me know–I’m glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

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    Susan
    January 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This was great AND an adventure as I dropped the glass jar I used to make the peanut sauce on the floor and had to remake it, thereby burning the last batch of tofu….

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      Kiersten
      January 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Oh no! I’ve had my fair share of kitchen accidents too, so I can sympathize. πŸ™‚ I’m glad the sandwiches still turned out well though!

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    Matt
    January 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Me and the Mrs. loved these! The peanut sauce is extremely addicting. Also, thank you for introducing me to the wonders of pressing tofu.

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      Kiersten
      January 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Woo hoo! Peanut sauce makes everything better, right? Thanks for the comment–someday you’ll have to share your beer bread recipe with me. πŸ™‚

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    Brooke
    February 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Wow! I just made this tonight, and it was seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. This is definitely my go-to peanut sauce recipe from now on!

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      Kiersten
      February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you for the comment–I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! πŸ™‚ It’s one of my favorites too.

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    Melissa
    February 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    This sounds great! I have a similar idea on my list of foods to make – I want to make an Asian inspired po-boy type sandwich….With sesame slaw, and peanut sauce….mmmm, the options.

    Anyways, I was wondering if you would share the names of some of your favorite food magazines. My husband asked if I wanted a subscription to the Vegetarian Times, but I have only seen one or two of theirs before, and I also do not want to end up with 20 versions for lasagna.

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      Kiersten
      February 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I love Vegetarian Times! I think you will too–it has a lot of really creative recipe ideas. That’s definitely my favorite food magazine. The others that I really enjoy aren’t specifically vegetarian–Cooking Light, Eating Well, Martha Stewart Living. Whole Living used to be a favorite of mine, but unfortunately that ceased publication last year. A lot of the recipes from Whole Living are on the Martha Stewart website though!

      …now you have me craving that Asian po-boy! πŸ™‚

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    Cara
    April 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    These were amazing! We used leftover naan and before I cooked the tofu, I squeezed some lime juice over it and let it soak a bit. That really added to the flavor. We try not to have the same dish more than twice a month, but we’re going to break that rule for these! So yummy!!

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      Kiersten
      April 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you for your comment–I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them! πŸ˜€

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    Simran
    June 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

    This looks delicious, i will definitely be giving it a go! I’ve been a vegetarian all my life but still find it a struggle sometimes to find something to eat that’s also healthy. Thanks for the post!

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      Kiersten
      June 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      This is one of my favorite recipes. πŸ™‚ I hope you like it if you make it!

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    SwimEagle
    April 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I love this sandwich! I’ve even made a chicken version for my meat-loving boyfriend (and myself, I’m a pretty morally loose vegetarian) and it was just as good. I make my own garlic naan for it and could eat this for days and days – and have!

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. πŸ™‚ It’s one of my all-time favorites too!

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    Sara
    November 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Tried this today. I thought it was kind of bland and needed more heat to balance the blandness of the tofu and the sweet/ pungent mildness of the peanut sauce. I added a cranberry jalapeΓ±o salsa to it and liked it a lot more then.

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    Andy
    August 14, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Ginger Peanut Sauce…wow…i am intrigued…is this recipe influence by any particular travel to a country?

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