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Ginger and Chilli Tofu with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Heather Allford
  • Serves: 1
  • Preparation: 10
  • Cooking: 10
  • Ready: 20

Relatively simple and quick to prepare, this dish has some wonderfully robust flavours and highlights a creative way to use tofu.


  • 4 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ small red chilli, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 100 g tofu chopped into chunks
  • 4 tablespoons corn flour
  • olive oil
  • purple sprouting broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 80 g soba noodles
  • spring onion to serve


Make the tofu marinade by mixing together the sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, ginger, chilli, white wine vinegar and water in a bowl then chuck to tofu in and swish it around a bit so that it is covered in marinade.

Cover with cling film and leave to soak for 2-4 hours. When ready to cook, heat the oil in a pan until very hot and boil another pan of water for the noodles. Roll the tofu in the corn flour (retain the marinade) then add to the pan turning frequently until all the sides are golden brown.

Add the noodles to the boiling water. Then turn down the heat on the tofu, add the broccoli and stir-fry for 5 minutes until the start to soften.

Add the sesame seeds and cook for a further minute, then strain the noodles and add to the pan.

Cover the noodles and tofu in the marinade and mix well. Top with sliced spring onion and serve.

Additonal notes

This recipe won first prize in a MFM recipe competition ran by Demuths and The Vegetarian Cookery School. Meat Free Monday was proud to judge the entries and chose this recipe as the winner due to its interesting balance of sharp flavours and because of its creative, but easy-to-prepare, way of using tofu.

“I chose this recipe because it’s a really easy, delicious way to cook tofu. I love the flavours of the chili and ginger with the fresh purple sprouting broccoli and crunchy tofu, it brings the whole dish together as a hearty vegetarian meal. I think it’s great for Meat Free Monday because it’s a simple, flavourful dish that vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters a like can enjoy!”

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