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Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu is a quick and easy vegan lunch or dinner recipe with some classic Sichuan flavours, like shallots, ginger and pepper. The taste is a touch sweet, but mostly tangy! Serve with extra vegetables and cooked brown rice noodles or rice. If on a low-carb diet, serve with shirataki noodles/rice. This vegan supper is perfect for solo dining or sharing, and comes together in a trice.

Tofu not your thing? Read on for other ways to use the tangy tomato sauce. 

sichuan tomatoes and tofuNow is the time to really enjoy fresh tomatoes. The sprawling vines of this beloved sweet-savoury fruit have had all summer to soak up the sun, and now is their time to shine. I’ve got a couple of tomato-centric recipes to share with you while the pickings are good; and the lure of autumn vegetables has yet to set in.

sichuan tomatoes and tofu Tomatoes + Sichuan Pepper = a great flavour combination

In this first recipe we are giving tomatoes a pseudo-Sichuan treatment. Although the flavours are ones used in Sichuan cooking, I claim no authenticity. I have however seen numerous recipes – often involving eggs – where Sichuan peppers and tomatoes are partnered. This one from the New York Times looks intriguing. As does this fried tomatoes in Sichuan oil from Abel and Cole. The combination of these two ingredients is really quite magical.

tangy tomatoes and tofu with sichuan pepperThe stand out in this tomato sauce is of course the Sichuan peppers, meaning “flower pepper”. When we buy them they are always dried and look very much like black peppercorns, but lighter in colour and weight, and with little tails. Some of you may only be able to get ground Sichuan (sometimes spelled Szechuan or Szechwan) pepper, and that’s fine.Sichuan tomatoes and tofu

With regards to their impact in this recipe, I’ve taken my pedal off the accelerator so that this simple supper recipe is appealing to most of you. But by all means double the amount of these slightly citrusy, fragrant, tongue-tingling peppers if you wish, and break the taste barrier. I definitely enjoy the pop and interest of Sichuan peppers, so more is better for me. I would say to nibble one before adding more to the dish. Apparently there are different types of these peppers, some more bitter and less tingly than others. And if you only have ground Sichuan, don’t worry. It will still taste great although you might need to increase the amount.

ingredients for sichuan tomatoes and tofu

These are ingredients for one serving of Sichuan tomatoes and tofu.

What’s in Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu?

A short, sweet ingredients list for you today. Hopefully these are easily accessible for you. If you can’t get the Sichuan pepper, just leave it out. But do please include it if you can.

 

Sustainable palm fruit oil (I use Carotino brand – amazingly high in beta-carotene) or olive oil

Smoked or plain extra-firm tofu (or fish or cooked giant white beans)

1 shallot

Gingerroot

Sun-dried tomato paste or normal tomato paste

Chinese 5-spice blend

Sichuan pepper – whole or ground

Apple cider vinegar

Low-carb liquid sweetener or honey

Cherry tomatoestangy tomatoes and tofu with sichuan pepper

What you do

It’s so, so easy. Here is how easy.

Cut the tofu – no need to press first – into 8 or so slices. Peel and slice the shallot; peel and finely mince the gingerroot. Slice the tomatoes in half.

Sauté the tofu slices in half of the oil until golden on both sides. Set aside and keep warm.

sichuan sauce for tomatoes and tofuAdd the remaining oil to the pan and heat over a low-medium flame. Scrape in the chopped shallot, ginger, 5-spice powder and Sichuan pepper, and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally add the tomato paste, sweetener and apple cider vinegar. Let this bubble up then add the tomatoes. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down and get soft and juicy.sichuan sauce for tomatoes and tofu

Taste the sauce and adjust as needed. Some of you might want a splash of soy sauce or dash of salt. Or maybe a squeeze of lime. I like a grind of fresh black pepper. Then you add cooked noodles and vegetables to each plate and top with the cooked tofu and half of the sauce. Mix lightly to coat.

Do I have to use tofu?

Of course not! If you are wanting to cook fish instead, fry this up after you’ve made the sauce – salmon, sea bass or whatever you wish. Even sautéd prawns. If you would like this as kind of a beany stew, add a bit of water and a little more of all of the flavourings and tomatoes, tipping in the cooked beans to heat through.

Sichuan tofu dish with tomatoesWhat should I serve with Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu?

I think a great complement to this dish are “nippy” or “minerally” steamed or stir-fried greens – young kale, mustard greens, chard, bok choi or choi sum. As well as steamed courgettes/zucchini and a side of rice, noodles or low-carb shirataki noodles/rice. You will see that this isn’t a very calorific dish, so make up the calories in the side dishes. Perhaps add a handful of crushed, roasted peanuts to the top. Or just some ice cream afterwards!

A wee selection of tomato-laden recipes on Food To Glow:

Roasted Tomato Galette with a Fennel-Cornmeal Crust

A Simple, Intense Tomato Soup

Smoky Tomato and Aubergine (Eggplant) Relish – you must make this!

Easy Tomato and Eggplant Risotto with Crispy Herb Topping – in the oven!

Will you be giving my Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu a try? Do let me know in the comments. And if you make it, please be sure to rate it, using the little stars below the image in the recipe card below. Thanks so much! This helps search engines to steer others to my recipes. :-)sichuan tomatoes and tofu with greens

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Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu

A quick and easy vegan tofu recipe with some classic Sichuan flavours like shallots, ginger and pepper. It is a little sweet, but mostly tangy! Serve with extra vegetables and cooked brown rice noodles or rice. If on a low-carb diet, serve with shiritaki noodles/rice.

Course DInner
Cuisine Chinese, Low Carb, Sichuan, vegan
Keyword tofu, tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 262 kcal
Author kellie anderson

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp palm fruit oil or favourite cooking oil; divided use
  • 225 g smoked organic firm tofu or plain tofu
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 cm gingerroot
  • ½ tsp 5-spice powder less if very fresh
  • 1 tsp whole Sichuan pepper or 1/2 tsp Sichuan pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste or tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp low-carb liquid sweetener I like Sukrin Fibre Syrup Gold; or honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 160 g cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu - no need to press first - into 8 or so slices. Peel and slice the shallot; peel and finely mince the gingerroot. Slice the tomatoes in half.

  2. Saute the tofu slices in half of the oil until golden on both sides. Set aside and keep warm.

  3. Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat over a low-medium flame. Scrape in the chopped shallots, ginger, 5-spice powder and Sichuan pepper and saute for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Finally add the tomato paste, sweetener and apple cider vinegar. Let this bubble up then add the tomatoes. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down and get soft and juicy.

  4. Taste the sauce and adjust as needed. Some of you might want a splash of soy sauce or dash of salt. Or maybe a squeeze of lime. I like a grind of fresh black pepper. Then you add cooked noodles and vegetables to each plate and top with the cooked tofu and half of the sauce. Mix lightly to coat.

Recipe Notes

Variations: no need to use tofu. Feel free to use this sauce on fish or even cooked beans. Or make the sauce for a vegetable dish, like steamed eggplant cubes or green beans. Be creative!

Tips: heat up a pouch of brown basmati, Jasmine rice or precooked noodles instead of cooking rice or noodles from scratch. While the tofu is cooking, use another pan to steam some greens until just wilted.

Nutrition Facts
Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 639IU13%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Sichuan Tomatoes and Tofu (vegan and low-carb)

  1. Mr A says:

    Tongue tingling tomatoes are super delicious – brilliant sauce to enhance anything

  2. Love love love the look of this. Ive only just got into firm tofu and those ingredients are all my favourite flavours. I could eat this anytime, even for breakfast. Yum!

  3. Veenas says:

    The Recipe is Really look like Awesome. Phographic is good.

  4. Rachel says:

    Love how variable this recipe is. Such a cool combination of flavors and sounds easy! Thanks mom!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Thanks so much, my lovely girl. I use the Sichuan tomatoes on other things too! I hope you give it a try 🙂 xxx

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