Black Pepper Tofu

Apparently they made this on MasterChef the other day (must buy a Yotan Ottolenghi recipe book!) – I have the recipe ripped out of an old Veg Soc magazine, which I found the other day,but it’s also on the Guardian website

The original recipe served 4 so I roughly halved everything. We also had it with some purple sprouting broccoli fresh from the garden.

It also said to cook the tofu before starting the sauce, but i think it makes more sense to start the sauce first, then put the rice on & then cook the tofu?  does mean you need 3 pans on the go though.

Both DH & I really liked this, but as tasty as the peppercorns were, they were getting to be a bit too much by the end of the meal! – Next time I’ll be putting less peppercorns in.

Serves 2


  • half a pack of firm tofu
  • veg oil for frying
  • cornflour to dust the tofu
  • 75g butter
  • 6 small shallots, thinly sliced (I didn’t have any, so used 2 onions instead)
  • 4 fresh red chillies (fairly mild ones) thinly sliced (I used 3 dried)
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped fresh root ginger
  • 7 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns, coarsely crushed (use a pestle & mortar)
  • 8 small and thin spring onions, sliced longways & then cut into 3cm segments
  • jasmine rice for two


  1. cut the tofu into large cubes (about 3 x 2 cm) & drain on kitchen roll
  2. put the kettle on (water for the rice)
  3. melt the butter in a large-ish saucepan (the tofu will end up in here too)
  4. add shallots, chillies, garlic & ginger
  5. saute on a low to medium heat for about 15mins, stirring occasionally until the ingredients have turned shiny & are totally soft
  6. meanwhile:
    1. put the rice on
    2. heat some (~2mm) oil in the wok/frying pan
    3. toss the tofu in some cornflour (I shook them together in a tupperware box)
    4. fry the tofu, turning them around until they are golden all over
    5. transfer the tofu onto kitchen roll when they are cooked.
  7. add the soy sauces and sugar to the shallots etc and stir
  8. then add the crushed black pepper
  9. add the tofu to warm it up in the sauce for about a minute
  10. finally, stir in the spring onions
  11. serve hot, with the rice.

Vegetarian. One husband, Two cats, Three kids.

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