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Grilled Sambal Oelek Tofu with Peanut Butter Sauce

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for the tofu

  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 1 TB peanut oil
  • 1 TB sambal oelek

for the sauce

  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 1 TB toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 TB peanut butter
  • sesame seeds, chopped peanuts and sliced scallions, to serve


  1. Cube the tofu up, then assemble all of the pieces back together into it original block shape. Press the tofu, then toss it with the peanut oil and set aside.
  2. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium heat. While it is heating up, prepare your sauce by whisking together all of the first six sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Place the tofu cubes into the pan and grill until they are brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, wait a few minutes for the pan to cool a bit, then and add in the sambal oelek while everything is till warm, then stir until well-coated.
  4. Pour the sauce into small serving bowls and garnish with the sesame seeds, chopped peanuts and scallions. Serve immediately with the tofu cubes.