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Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce | Tau Hu Tod | เต้าหู้ทอด

Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce | Tau Hu Tod | เต้าหู้ทอดWhile most of the recipes on this blog have been relatively easy to make, this one takes the cake.  It was one of the first Thai foods that I learned to make and it’s one that I continue to make because it’s just so easy and tasty.  There’s not much you can do to mess up the fried tofu, although you do need to rely on your taste buds just a little in order to make the peanut sauce.  Otherwise, it’s foolproof.  So if you’re new to cooking Thai food, this is a good place to start! 

Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce | Tau Hu Tod | เต้าหู้ทอด

Makes 3-4 servings

Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce | Tau Hu Tod | เต้าหู้ทอด


    For Fried Tofu:
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • canola oil for frying
  • For Peanut Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon roasted chili paste
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar


    To Make the Tofu:
  1. Cut the block of tofu into quarters vertically and horizontally so that you end up with 16 pieces. Lay them on a paper towel to soak up some of the liquid before frying.
  2. Heat a wok with about 1 inch of oil in it to medium-high. Once the oil is hot, carefully lower the tofu into it and let it fry for several minutes, turning occassionally. When the tofu is golden brown on all sides, take it out and lay on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  3. To Make the Peanut Sauce:
  4. Heat the coconut milk in a pan over medium heat. Add the roasted chili paste and stir, then let the mixture simmer until oil rises to the top.
  5. Add the peanut butter, fish sauce, vinegar, and sugar and adjust all of these ingredients to your tastes. If it is too thick, add a little water.
  6. Serve the fried tofu and peanut sauce while both are still hot. Enjoy!


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  • bilbaobab April 11, 2012, 1:34 am

    Yum!!!!! this looks fab and i am waiting for a thai fried chicken recipe!!!!

  • Rachel April 26, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Hi Ricky – just wait until I post a recipe for Thai fried chicken – you’ll definitely be impressed! Perhaps my next site will be Down Home Southern Cooking…

  • Rick April 25, 2011, 6:44 pm

    Don’t know about Thai food; never been exposed to it! Think I’ll stick with black-eyed peas, creamed potatoes, cornbread, quick fried venison and turnip greens; foods your Dad and I grew up on at Clear Lake, La.
    You have a nice site and you favor your Mom, Elaine!

  • Rachel April 23, 2011, 12:10 am

    Thanks, Honey Bunny! Glad you liked it!

  • Honey Bunny April 20, 2011, 9:39 am

    I have been searching for an authentic tasting peanut sauce and this one is perfect. Absolutely delicious! It is really yummy on grilled shrimp too. Thank you for such great recipes!

  • Rachel March 31, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Hi Yi – I use the Pantainorasingh brand of chili paste (http://www.templeofthai.com/food/chili_pastes/namprikpao-5520381080.php). I’m working on a Thai pantry page that lists the brands of sauces that I normally use, so stay tuned!

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation March 31, 2011, 8:51 pm

    This looks delicious. What kind of chili sauce is this? I see different types of Thai chili sauce in my local supermarkets and I don’t read Thai. Thanks.

  • freshbun March 31, 2011, 10:59 am

    I just found your blog on foodgawker — I love the dishes, the description, recipes, pictures and simplicity of your blog posts. Plus, I am Thai living in Canada, FANTASTIC!

  • Angela March 31, 2011, 5:14 am

    i love thai food too! thanks for sharing your recipes.

  • a frog in the cottage March 31, 2011, 3:18 am

    I love fried tofu, with your sauce it must be delicious !!

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