This Maple Chili Glazed Tofu is easy to make and full of so much flavor! It’s spicy and sweet and has great texture. This tofu would make a wonderful vegan side dish for Christmas or Thanksgiving!
I am so excited to share this Maple Chili Glazed Tofu recipe with you today! There seems to be a common misconception among non-vegetarians/vegans that tofu is boring and bland. I think everyone will agree that’s not true after they eat this tofu!
As much as I love a good lentil based meatloaf for a vegan holiday main dish, I also feel that they’re a little heavy and can be a little much paired with all the other high carb holiday side dishes. I created this Maple Chili Glazed Tofu recipe as a high protein, low carb main dish that’s fancy enough for Christmas and easy enough for a weeknight dinner!
MAPLE CHILI GLAZED TOFU RECIPE INGREDIENTS
- Tofu – You will need to use extra firm or super firm tofu for this recipe. Extra firm tofu is perfect because it holds it’s texture well and doesn’t break apart. I like to pat my tofu dry and press for at least 10 minutes to get as much water out of it as I can.
- Cornstarch and oil – I do a light coat of cornstarch on the tofu and then fry it in about 2 tablespoons of oil (you can use less if you like). This is a quick and easy way to get a nice crispy piece of tofu.
- Maple Syrup – It’s important that you use pure maple syrup for this recipe, rather than the pancake syrup that is usually made with artificial ingredients and flavors. You could also substitute honey if you like.
- Other glaze ingredients: Water, tamari, chili powder, smoked paprika, granulated garlic and cumin and red pepper flakes and cornstarch.
HOW TO MAKE GLAZED TOFU
This tofu looks kinda fancy but is actually really easy to make! There are only a few steps you will need to follow:
- You start by crisping the tofu. The tofu gets mixed up with a little bit of tamari and cornstarch and placed in a hot pan with about 2 tablespoons oil. Each side is cooked for 5-7 minutes to ensure a really crispy crust.
- The sauce gets mixed up while the tofu is cooking. All you do is add all sauce ingredients to a jar, or bowl, and whisk until combined.
- Once tofu is crisped up you can drain any excess oil from the pan and then pour in your maple chili glaze. Cook until sauce has thickened and forms a glaze on the tofu, about 5 minutes or so.
- I like to garnish with chili flakes and serve tofu while hot/warm.
VEGAN HOLIDAY MAIN DISH
I originally made this maple chili glazed tofu for our Thanksgiving main dish and will probably make it again for Christmas! I love it because it’s super quick and easy to make, the crispy tofu can even be made ahead of time. It’s also great because it’s low carb so it won’t feel extra heavy next to all your other rich side dishes. The maple and chili flavors also go so well with side dishes like mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and stuffing!