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A bowl of spicy sambal tofu with wilted bok choy.

Sambal Tofu with Spicy Ginger Sauce

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  • Author: erin wysocarski
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


This sambal tofu with spicy ginger sauce is a hearty and delicious dinner! Seared tofu is cooked in a flavorful sauce with ginger, garlic, sambal and toasted sesame oil that reduces and thickens. The end result is an amazing texture and a thick sauce that’s so full of flavor with a spicy little kick.


for the marinade + tofu

for the rest

  • 24 heads of baby bok choy, base sliced off
  • prepared rice or noodles
  • sesame seeds
  • scallions, thai chilis and/or vegan kimchi


to make the marinade

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients except for the tofu in a medium-sized glass pyrex.
  2. Place the properly cut and pressed tofu into the marinade, flipping to cover on both sides.
  3. Place into refrigerator for a few hours, flipping after 2 or 3 hours to ensure even coverage.

to cook the tofu and reduce the marinade

  1. Preheat a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Place the tofu into the hot pan and allow to brown on one side (no more than 2-3 minutes per side). Flip and repeat on the other side.
  2. Remove the tofu, then pour the remaining marinade into the cast iron pan. Allow to sizzle until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

to prepare the bok choy

  1. Place the bok choy into an air fryer set at 350 until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.
  2. You can alternatively wilt the bok choy in a hot pan with a little oil.

to serve

  1. Distribute the tofu onto two plates. Drizzle the reduced sauce over both. Add the bok choy and rice/noodles as desired, along with sesame seeds, sliced scallions and kimchi. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Marinated, Seared, Air Fried
  • Cuisine: Indonesian, Asian