When it comes to vegan and vegetarian dishes that deliver bold and delicious flavors, flaming fried tofu tacos are one dish that will never serve you wrong. There are many different approaches and recipes to make these easy and spicy tacos right at home, and you can adjust them to fit your favorite spice and taste profiles with ease.
If you’re looking to add Chinese flavors to your favorite new fried tofu taco dishes, Fly By Jing is here to help. We carry a wide range of Chinese spices, oils, and ingredients that will add bold and unique flavors to Chinese dishes and the other great meals you’ll want to try out at home. Here’s what you want to know about getting started on your own plate of flaming fried tofu tacos today.
What Are Flaming Fried Tofu Tacos
There are many different ways to make fried tofu tacos. You can take an Asian fusion approach or begin with a more neutral flavor profile and add your own favorite flavors to the dish, like teriyaki glaze, ginger, and garlic, or pineapples. You can prepare them however you like, using an air fryer, traditional pan-frying, baking, and more.
They can also be made healthier or adjusted to fit your dietary restrictions with ease. Whether you’re looking to make a vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free dish, there’s an easy and delicious flaming fried tofu recipe to make today.
Flaming Fried Tofu Taco Recipes
There are so many delicious fried tofu taco dishes that you can try at home. The only limit is your imagination. Whether you’re looking for a more classic Chinese flavor or you want to try something that blends many unique cultures around the world, there’s a vegan tofu flavor option to fit your cooking needs at a spice and heat level that you’re sure to love. Combine your favorite flavors, or check out some of these unique and delicious fried tofu taco dishes today.
Crispy Tofu Tacos
Crispy tofu tacos are an excellent combination of flavors and textures. To start, gather your ingredients: tofu, Sriracha, chili powder, yogurt, and honey. You’ll also want to pick up your favorite taco toppings, like cheese, corn, and avocado.
Begin by cutting your tofu into small, uniform cubes and mixing it with honey and Siracha. Then create a mixture from your dry ingredients and spice and toss it in with the tofu for a dry rub.
Heat your oil in a skillet over medium heat, and then begin crisping up the tofu on all sides. Use a blender or food processor to make your yogurt blend with onions and herbs. Then assemble your tacos with your tofu and toppings and drizzle them with yogurt for a spicy, fresh flavor.
Hoisin Tofu Tacos
Hoisin tofu tacos bring some of your favorite Chinese food flavors to the fore, like hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, and soy sauce. It mixes beautifully with fresh notes from cilantro, sour cream, and lime juice. In addition to tofu, cabbage, and corn, you’ll want to have your favorite sauces like Sriracha on hand for a little extra heat.
You should be using extra firm tofu for this dish. Begin by slicing it into rectangles and press it on a towel to soak up the extra moisture. Ideally, you’ll keep your tofu wrapped and under the weight for up to an hour to dry, but let it dry for at least fifteen minutes, so the moisture doesn’t affect the dish or reduce the potency of the flavors.
Chop up your cabbage and begin putting together your dressing of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and rice wine vinegar. When you add your chili at this stage, you can adjust for spice level. You’ll be adding siracha later, but the chili flavor will be mild, so add or reduce as you want.
Add the sauce to your cabbage and mix. Then begin making your tofu dressing, also consisting of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar. Heat up peanut oil in your pan and begin frying the tofu, adding more oil as needed. Let it cook for long enough that the edges get crispy, and the caramel begins to crystalize.
Assemble your taco by laying first the cooked tofu, then the cabbage, and then the sour cream, with a splash of lime. Enjoy!
Baja Tofu Taco
Baja tofu tacos are perfect for those hot nights when you want a fresh and delicious dish that the whole family is sure to enjoy. They offer a savory combination of classic Mexican flavors and carry a kick of spice from cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and cumin.
Your ingredients also include cabbage, lager beer, mustard, avocado, and hot sauce, as well as your favorite taco toppings.
Begin by cutting your tofu into slabs and allowing it to dry completely. Mix together your slaw with your cabbage and favorite vegetables. Then make your batter from flour, salt, cayenne pepper, and mustard. You’ll use your beer at this stage, but you can easily replace that with sparkling water if you’re avoiding alcohol. Add a little liquid at a time until it reaches the right consistency for dipping.
Heat your oil and then coat your tofu sticks in batter and drop them in the oil. Fry your sticks just a few at a time to allow proper cooking, and place them on a paper towel to soak up excess grease. Then assemble your tacos by spreading a layer of sauce on your tortilla, adding the tofu, then a layer of slaw, and top with all of your favorite taco condiments, like avocado and lime.
Vegan Mapo Tofu
Mapo tofu might not be a flaming fried taco dish, but if you’re looking to enjoy a tofu dish with more of your favorite Chinese flavors and spices, then our vegan mapo tofu is an excellent choice. In addition to tofu, you’ll need shiitake mushrooms, ginger, bean paste, chili crisp and chili oil, broth, and Sichuan peppers. You can adjust the heat level depending on how many peppers you use and how strong your chili oil is.
Begin by pulsing or chopping your shiitake mushrooms. Boil your tofu in salted water, taking care not to break it, and then begin heating your chili oil in a wok. You can make your oil chili oil at home using the tribute or eringtiao peppers available here at Fly By Jing.
Once your chili crisp is hot, you’ll want to add your favorite Chinese flavors and ingredients, including garlic, ginger, mushrooms, bean paste, Sichuan peppers, and fermented black beans. Fry quickly and pay close attention to prevent burning.
Add your stock, which can be substituted for vegetable stock, to make the dish vegetarian. Bring to a boil, add in your tofu and scallions, and stir carefully for about five minutes, taking care to prevent breaking. You’ll then use cornstarch to thicken the dish.
Set up a bed of rice and lay your freshly cooked tofu over the top. Add scallions and Sichuan peppers to the top, adjusting for your preferred heat level, and eat right away.
One of the reasons Chinese food is such a wonderful cuisine to learn how to make at home is because it’s easy to adjust to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Most Asian dishes don’t use dairy, and meat or meat broth can be swapped out easily for delicious protein options like tofu and vegetable broth.
Chinese food flavors also pair well with other delicious ingredients from fusion foods and other cuisines, so you can make your favorite tofu tacos. Whether you’re looking to make a sweet and delicious taco dish with pineapples, lime, and avocado, or you want something more savory with classic Chinese flavors like hoisin sauce and ginger, there’s a delicious tofu taco option to fit your palate.
And if you’re looking for a little more spice or heat for your dish, our shop here at Fly By Jing has the spices, oils, and recipes you’re sure to love. Check out our dishes, like mapo tofu, sweet potato dumplings, peanut noodles, and more. Make a fuller spread for dinner, featuring all of your favorite recipes from our lineup, and mix and match the meals you love most for a can’t-miss celebration of food, culture, and spice.