A Vegan Twist on Classic Kung Pao Tofu 2023

Veg Kung Pao Tofu Chinese recipe

Kung Pao Tofu is a classic Chinese dish that is flavorful and spicy. Here's a vegetarian recipe for Kung Pao Tofu:


  • 1 block of firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger

A Vegan Twist on Classic Kung Pao Tofu 2023


  1. Cut the block of tofu into small cubes and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, cornstarch-water mixture, and chili paste. Set aside.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  4. Add the tofu cubes to the wok and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove the tofu from the wok and set aside.
  5. In the same wok, add the red and green bell peppers, onions, garlic, and ginger. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly softened.
  6. Add the soy sauce mixture to the wok and stir to combine with the vegetables.
  7. Return the tofu to the wok and stir to coat with the sauce and vegetables.
  8. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the tofu is heated through.
  9. Remove the wok from the heat and stir in the green onions and roasted peanuts.
  10. Serve hot over rice.

Enjoy your delicious and spicy vegetarian Kung Pao Tofu!

Let me know in the comment box if you have any questions or suggestions.

Kung Pao Tofu Nutrition information

Based on the above ingredients, here the combined nutrient information for this recipe:

  • Calories: 1,097
  • Total Fat: 74 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 9 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
  • Sodium: 1,811 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrates: 77 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 15 grams
  • Sugars: 32 grams
  • Protein: 50 grams
  • Vitamin A: 111% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin C: 389% of the DV
  • Calcium: 28% of the DV
  • Iron: 44% of the DV
It's important to note that the nutrient information may vary depending on the specific brands and amounts of ingredients used in the recipe.

Health benefits of this dish:

⇒ Rich in Protein

Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, making Kung Pao Tofu a filling and satisfying meal option for vegetarians and vegans.

⇒ Low in Fat

Kung Pao Tofu typically contains minimal amounts of saturated and trans fats, making it a healthier option than other Chinese dishes that are high in unhealthy fats.

⇒ Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals

Kung Pao Tofu is typically made with a variety of vegetables, such as bell peppers and carrots, which are rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and potassium.

⇒ May Aid in Digestion

Kung Pao Tofu often contains ginger, which is known for its digestive benefits. Ginger can help soothe the stomach and alleviate nausea.

⇒ Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Kung Pao Tofu often contains peanuts, which are a good source of healthy fats and antioxidants. These properties may help reduce inflammation in the body, which is associated with many chronic health conditions.

⇒ May Promote Weight Loss

Kung Pao Tofu is typically low in calories and high in fiber, which can help promote feelings of fullness and aid in weight loss efforts.

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