Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce


  • 1 ½ lbs. extra-firm tofu (we used two packages of extra-firm tofu)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 jalapeños chiles, cored and minced (we used 3 serrano chiles- seeds and core left in)
  • 1 (12-oz.) package baby spinach leaves (we used two 5-oz. bags of baby spinach)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, to serve (we used 1 bunch)
  • Steamed rice, to serve (we used a 6-serving portion size of Uncle Ben’s rice)


  1. Take your tofu and slice it into 1-inch-thick slabs, getting rid of any excess moisture by pressing down and patting dry the tofu using paper towels. Once the excess moisture is gone, cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Pour the vegetable oil into a large nonstick skillet, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, add in the tofu (in batches if needed) and cook it for 3 minutes or until brown on one side.
  3. While the tofu’s cooking, add the following ingredients to the slow cooker (we used a 4-qt. slow cooker), stirring to combine: peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and chiles.
  4. Add the tofu to the slow cooker, stirring it gently so that it gets coated without falling apart. Put a lid on the slow cooker and let the food cook for around 4 hours.
  5. Roughly 15 minutes before serving, take the spinach and place it on top of the tofu, putting the lid on the slo cooker and letting it cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the spinach looks wilted (we went with the 15 minutes). Stir in the cilantro prior to serving and eat immediately served over the rice.

Serves 4.

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This is so good ! It’s flavorful and has a nice level of heat to it. Best enjoyed the day it’s made (microwaving this seems to dry out the sauce), we didn’t miss having meat and it was a filling dish.

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We weren’t paid in any form to promote Uncle Ben’s.

Take care everybody !

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