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How to Make Vegetarian Pad Thai using Tofu.

Updated on February 8, 2013
Tofu Pad Thai.  Simple and Delicious.
Tofu Pad Thai. Simple and Delicious. | Source

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Cooking with Tofu

If you, like me, are new to cooking with tofu there are some simple and basic techniques that will ensure the correct texture and absorption of flavour into the tofu. In this recipe I used extra firm tofu, preparing it first by draining out the liquid from the packet and wrapping the tofu block in a cotton tea towel. I then placed it in the refridgerator for two hours under a chopping board. The cotton cloth absorbed the moisture and the tofu was easy to work with, absorbing the seasoning and sauce.

This recipe is from Big Vegan by Robin Asbell. This book is a fantastic resource for vegetarian as well as vegan appy's, mains and desert cooking and I have adapted several of the recipes for gluten free as well.

For wheat and gluten free eaters please use Bragg Soy Seasoning instead of soy sauce.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients for Tofu Pad Thai



  • 1/4cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch or cornflour (UK)
  • 2 tbsp Canola or 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 350g/1 pack extra firm tofu drained and pressed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 3 cloves minced gralic
  • 8 oz or 250g dried rice noodles (banh pho)
  • 4 large green or spring onions, cut into 1-in/2.5-cm pieces
  • 4oz/115g bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
Add diced or crumbled tofu to skillet or wok once oil is heated
Add diced or crumbled tofu to skillet or wok once oil is heated | Source
Add red pepper flakes, stir and turn the tofu until browned.
Add red pepper flakes, stir and turn the tofu until browned. | Source
Add the sauce and noodles to the tofu pan and cook until liquid is absorbed and thickened
Add the sauce and noodles to the tofu pan and cook until liquid is absorbed and thickened | Source

How to Make Pad Thai

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. In a 2 cup jug mix together vegetable stock, lime juice, tamari/soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch/cornflour
  2. In a wok or skillet heat the oil and add chopped tofu. Add the pepper flakes and fry until the tofu is browned stirring and turning constantly. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Whilst cooking the tofu add the noodles to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain them.
  4. Add stock to the tofu pan, the drained noodles, onions and bean sprouts, stir together until the mixture is coated and the liquids are absorbed and thickened approx 2 mins.
  5. Put onto plates and top with chopped peanuts and coriander/cilantro. Serve and enjoy.


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    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you teaches12345. The nice thing is that it tastes yummy as cold or reheated leftovers too. Thanks for the vote and congrats I see you are now an apprentice:-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Pad Thai is so good and your recipe is one that really makes it even more enjoyable. I haven't had some in quite awhile, so now I am craving it. Your photo is a great add here and makes the recipe desirable. Thanks for sharing this yummy idea. voted up.

    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Michele for the comment and vote. This dish is full of flavour but not too spicy so even your hubby may like it!

      Peachpurple sounds like you know how versatile tofu is - I hope you enjoy this recipe when you make it. Thanks for the vote.

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      This is good. I love tofu with eggs, soup and stir fries. Haven't try Thai tofu yet. Gonna try it this weekend. Great Recipe. Voted interesting

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      That looks delicious! Last night my daughter and I made spinach and tofu curry. It was our first time. We made it spicy. We love spicy food my hubby only likes bland food so he ate a couple of hot dogs. That was fine because it left more for us.

      Voted up!


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