Thai Noodle Bowls with Almond Butter Tofu

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Two Thai Noodle Bowls with Crispy Almond Butter Tofu alongside a cutting board with ingredients used to make the recipe

This is my kind of meal. Fresh, quick (just 30 minutes required!), satisfying, lots of vegetables, and plenty of protein.

This Thai-inspired noodle bowl is my dream lunch come true. Care to join?

Making Almond Butter Tofu in a cast-iron skillet

The show stopper in this meal is the almond butter tofu.

Tofu is pressed dry, tossed in cornstarch, lightly browned, then sautéed in my almond butter stir-fry sauce until savory, sweet, and perfectly crisp.

Next up, vegetables.

Wood cutting board with ingredients for making Thai Noodle Bowls for a fresh vegan recipe

The beauty of a meal like this is you can use practically whatever produce you have on hand. For a variety of textures and flavors, I went with cucumber, green onion, red pepper, and carrot noodles. I also think edamame, mango, and radish would work well, too.

The vegetables not only add vibrant color to the dish, but also lots of fiber and crunch!

Pouring sauce onto Thai Noodle Bowls with Crispy Almond Butter Tofu

The dressing is extremely flavor and complements the noodles and veggies perfectly: A combination of garlic, thai chili, vinegar, tamari, lime juice, sesame oil, and maple syrup – ingredients you likely already have on hand!

Now you’re ready to dig in. I hope you love this noodle bowl! It’s quick, fresh, flavorful, incredibly satisfying, and perfect for lunch or dinner. Make this when you’re craving something satisfying but quick and loaded with vegetables.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see. Cheers, friends!

Chopsticks resting on a gluten-free vegan Thai Noodle Bowl with Crispy Almond Butter Tofu

*Note: Recipe updated on 10/8/18 to increase serving size to 4 (formerly 2).

Thai Noodle Bowls with Almond Butter Tofu

30-minute Thai noodle bowls with rice noodles, fresh veggies, and crispy almond butter tofu! A flavorful, healthy, satisfying plant-based meal.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Chopsticks resting on a bowl filled with our Thai Noodle Bowl recipe with Crispy Almond Butter Tofu
4.91 from 120 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 (Bowls)
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3 Days

Ingredients

TOFU*

  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu*
  • 5 Tbsp sesame oil (divided)
  • 4 Tbsp salted creamy almond, cashew, or peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if not GF)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2-4 Tbsp maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 2 medium birds eye chili (crushed // or sub 1/4 tsp red pepper flake)
  • 6 Tbsp cornstarch

SALAD

  • 10 ounces very thin rice noodles (I like this brand)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced or ribboned* carrots (2 carrots yield ~2 cups)
  • 2 cups cucumber (sliced on a bias, then halved // ~1 small cucumber)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro or basil (torn/chopped)

DRESSING

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 cloves yield ~1 Tbsp)
  • 2 medium fresh or dried bird's eye chili (crushed // more to taste // or sub 1/4 tsp red pepper flake)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • 4 tsp tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 4 Tbsp rice vinegar (or sub white or apple cider vinegar with varied results)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

  • Start by wrapping tofu in a clean towel and setting something heavy on top (like a cast iron skillet) to press out excess moisture for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Prepare the tofu sauce in a medium mixing bowl by whisking together 2 Tbsp sesame oil (amount as original recipe is written // if altering batch size, use 1/3 the amount in "tofu" section), almond butter, tamari, lime juice, maple syrup, and crushed chili. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more tamari for saltiness, lime juice for acidity, chili pepper for heat, or maple syrup for sweetness. Set aside.
  • Next, prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Then rinse with cold water, drain thoroughly, and set aside.
  • Prep vegetables next. Set aside.
  • Prepare salad dressing by adding all ingredients to a small mixing bowl (or jar) and whisking (or shaking vigorously) to combine.
  • Taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more chilies for heat, tamari for saltiness, lime juice for acidity, or maple syrup for sweetness. Set aside.
  • Heat a large rimmed skillet over medium heat (if too small, cook the tofu in 2 batches as to not crowd the pan) and cut pressed tofu into small rectangles. Toss in cornstarch and sauté in remaining sesame oil (3 Tbsp as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), flipping once browned on the underside to ensure even browning – about 5 minutes total.
  • Add the almond butter sauce and stir gently to combine. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring gently to ensure even cooking on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • To assemble, divide noodles, vegetables and tofu among serving bowls. Serve with dressing. For more heat, serve with sriracha or chili garlic sauce.
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep well when stored separately in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Notes

* If you're looking for an alternative to tofu, steamed edamame, roasted salted cashews, Curry-Spiced Cashews, or roasted salted peanuts would work well here!
* To ribbon carrots, rinse, remove outer skin with a vegetable peeler, and then make "noodle ribbons" with the vegetable peeler by running along the edge of the carrot. Each carrot should make about 10 noodles!
* Salad dressing adapted from Thai Kitchen and my Vegan Papaya Salad.
* Tofu adapted from my Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 Bowls Calories: 622 Carbohydrates: 64.1 g Protein: 16.5 g Fat: 34 g Saturated Fat: 4.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 838 mg Potassium: 0 mg Fiber: 5.3 g Sugar: 22 g

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  1. Stephanie says

    This was the most delicious meal we made on COVID lockdown (and we have done a LOT of cooking). Only comment is that it took longer than the 30 minutes called for in the recipe, but it is well worth the time and effort. Added chopped peanuts on top for crunch. Yum!

  2. Marie says

    This recipe is amazing! The almond butter sauce is delicious. I used a vegetable peeler to ribbon the carrots so it took me while but the rest was very easy. I will definitely make this again.

  3. D says

    The food was delicious! Since I didn’t have lime juice on hand I used lemon and instead of rice vinegar, I used 3 TB of white vinegar. Also, I had a pot of rice ready so I ate the tofu with that instead of noodles.

    The tofu sauce was so good!! I might start using that recipe as a dip from now on, and the dressing was also super good! Like other commenters, this recipe did take me around 2 hours, a majority of the time went to trying to fry the tofu, which ended up a little burnt (really wish my stovetop was a true medium…). If you’re trying to make this recipe don’t be light-handed with the cornstarch! I used a little more than 6 TB, adding another half a TB.

    Instead of pouring the sauce directly onto the tofu, I took all my tofu out, placed it in a dish, lowered the heat, and then I added the sauce. I increased the heat every few minutes until it was medium-high, then when the sauce started getting liquidy I added in the tofu.

    I read the instructions multiple times since I’m prone to messing recipes up, but this was quite easy! Just make sure you’re attempting your first try on the weekend lol.

  4. Lily says

    I made this recipe last night for dinner and it was so good. It was about 72 degrees in the evening, so it was a perfect temperature dish. I used cucumber, red bell pepper, carrot and cilantro and also added some thinly slices bok choy that I had. And I used peanut butter instead of almond butter for the tofu. And I also made this Asian crunch mix to put on the top that I learned about from a different recipe. It was made of crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, dried red bell pepper, dried onion, dried garlic, dried lemon peel, black pepper, and mustard seed. My recommendation would be that after you crisp up the tofu, don’t mix it all with the sauce immediately. I was giving each person two servings, so I put only half the tofu and half the nut butter sauce in the pan and heated it up together for a minute or two. And then when I went to serve the second portions, I heated up the rest really quick. This allowed the tofu to stay crispy and the sauce was warm, and a nice contrast to the cold noodles, even for the second serving. And I used Lotus brand organic rice ramen noodles, in the jade pearl version. They worked perfectly and the beautiful jade green noodles were very pretty with all of the colorful vegetables.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lily. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  5. Danielle says

    We made this receipe just as written, it was amazing. So delicious that I shared the recipe with fellow college students the next day! Thank you for sharing and for all the time and effort you put into your lovely website.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks so much for your sweet words and lovely review, Danielle! We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Nathalie says

    Just like Jon, I probably already reviewed this recipe… but this might be my favorite from the Minimalist Baker! Fa-bu-lous! (However, I would never call it a quick prep! I spend way over an hour to make this dish! It’s very worth it!). Thank you, Dana!

  7. Jon says

    I am not vegan or vegetarian, but this recipe has been a regular in my house for a few years now. I’ve probably already reviewed it before, but I thought I’d review again just because I love it so much. It is absolutely delicious and I would recommend to anyone, even if you aren’t vegetarian. Thanks for sharing!

    Now if I could just get my kids to eat it…

  8. Ada says

    RUN, do not walk, to the grocery store if you don’t already have the ingredients, and make this recipe. The flavours are just amazing! And make extra of both sauces — you won’t regret it. In case it helps, I also made it once with chickpeas instead of tofu and it was just as delicious. One of the best meals I’ve ever made, thank you :)

  9. Gia says

    Recipe was absolutely yummy. I modified the type of veggies used as I needed to clean out the fridge. I only had Udon Noodles on hand and paired with bell pepper, onion, broccoli, and swiss chard. To my delight, it all worked very well together. I would highly recommend even if you do not have the same ingredients readily available. The only modification I made to the sauce and tofu is I switched the chilies for 1/4 tsp of chili garlic sauce. I went with almond butter. It was fantastic!!! I have made several of Dana’s recipes and they never disappoint. Keep up the awesome work :)

  10. Elyse says

    Tasted really good in the end but something happened with the tofu and I’m not sure why. After sautéing the tofu on medium, when I added the sauce it immediately bubbled and started smoking, and the liquid got sucked out really quickly. I had to immediately remove from heat so it didn’t badly burn (though it did a little, the flavor was actually nice with the “smokiness”). There was no way I could have continued cooking 3-4 minutes as the recipe said. On my second batch I removed the tofu from heat before adding the sauce, and then basically just tossed it in with no extra cooking. Even then it bubbled and soaked up really quickly and seemed like it threatened to burn. I’m newer to cooking so any advice/explanation of what this might have happened would be much appreciated!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elyse, it sounds like maybe the pan is getting too hot and not cooling down quickly even with removing from the heat (that can happen with cast iron). We would recommend trying to cook it at a lower heat. Hope that helps!

  11. Liore says

    Feedback on the tofu preparation, which I used to spice up my normal rice and veggies.

    This tofu is AMAZING. I had to peanut butter and lemon juice instead of almond butter and lime juice, but the sauce was fantastic. Your instructions for cooking the tofu made it the first time I’ve ever made tofu have an excellent texture. Thanks so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Liore. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  12. Sasha says

    This is the best tofu I’ve ever had, hands down. You will not regret making it. This is definitely going to be a new go-to for me!

  13. Kara T. says

    I was able to make this in 30 minutes after my daughter went to bed. It was light but filling. Perfect after all the holiday heaviness!

  14. Hannah says

    So delicious! We had most of the ingredients already so it was super easy to whip up. It’s the perfect combination of fresh and hearty and I’m sure it will be come a staple in our house!

  15. Cathy H says

    This is my ‘go to’ recipe when I want to impress guests and prove that plant based meals are easy and, most importantly, delicious! It is one of the first meals I made after going plant based 2 years ago and it helped confirm that I made the right decision.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Cathy. We are so glad you enjoy this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  16. Christine says

    This was the first recipe I tried to make. It has turned into my favorite!!! My husband especially loves it. I had leftovers for lunch at work one day and everyone wanted a bite. It’s one of my go tos when i have had too much rich foods, it’s perfect to just reset me. This is the best tofu I’ve ever made! So yummy the next day too!

  17. Laurie says

    I had another plan for dinner until I saw your Instagram post this afternoon and decided to make this. It turned out to be SOOOO good! I try to limit our soy intake to no more than once or twice a month but this recipe might tempt me to eat tofu more often! Thank you for another winner!!

  18. Camila says

    LOVED the tofu in the recipe! My husband did too! I loved the flavor combination – fresh veggies against the savory flavor of the tofu. I stir fried the leftover the second day with a little extra sesame oil and tamari sauce which was also wonderful! We prefer warmer dishes, so I’ll probably cook the vegetables next time I make this dish. Amazing though!!

  19. nicole novak says

    Would it be possible to bake the tofu rather than fry it? I noticed you use this method in some of your other tofu recipes. Kind regards! Nicole

  20. Jill says

    This was honestly the best tofu I have ever had, let alone made! My husband was raving about it, too. I agree with some of the other comments. This definitely took me closer to an hour to make, so more of a weekend meal than after a busy day of work. Maybe after I make it a few times, I can cut down on the time. Keep up the amazing veggie and vegan recipes! It makes becoming more plant-based easier and appealing.

  21. Jenny says

    This is one of my family’s favorite meals, especially in the summer. My husband gets so excited when I make it. I love using vegetables and herbs from my garden- I really like to add mint and basil to it. I’ve used both almond butter and peanut butter and both turn out great.

    However it is a bit of a labor of love and is one of the more labor intensive meals that I make, which is different from a lot of meals I have made from Minimalist Baker. I let the tofu cook for a lot longer so it’s brown on all sides, probably 10-15 minutes. Then all the veggie and sauce prep takes a bit. But it’s so worth it because it’s so good!

  22. Chelsie says

    This was very good, though next time I will use peanut instead of almond butter. I agree with others that the preparation took longer than 30 minutes (closer to an hour for me), but it was definitely worth the time spent!

  23. Dahlia says

    I made this on Sunday night with tofu and it was amazing. I have leftover everything except the tofu (feeding a family of two only) so I wanted to know if I can sub in tempeh since I have some in the fridge?

  24. sarahem says

    THIS IS SO GOOD. Seriously, it’s so much better than takeout. I love the savoryness of the tofu combined with the acidity of the dressing and fresh crunch of the vegetables.

  25. Caitlyn says

    The flavors of this dish are incredible! The crispy almond butter tofu is probably my favorite part!!!

    Like a few other commenters, I too spent about 2 hours making this meal. The tofu took quite a while to cook and get crispy, and when I added the sauce to the pan it burned almost immediately. With the second half of the tofu, I fried it until crispy and then tossed it with the remaining sauce in a bowl instead of adding the sauce to the pan. I also may have taste-tested like 6+ pieces of tofu because it’s addicting!!!

    I made this for meal prep for lunches throughout the week, but found it somewhat difficult to eat – definitely not something you can chow down quickly! All of the little bits like the red bell peppers, green onion, and cucumbers fall to the bottom and the noodles and carrots kind of all clump together. I definitely recommend eating this fresh after cooking!

    I think if I make this again for meal prep, I will use quinoa instead of noodles and dice all the vegetables up, and I’ll probably just double the almond butter sauce and use that as dressing because it’s SO GOOD!!! 100% going to make that tofu again – can’t get over it!

  26. Nathalie says

    Amazing. Bold flavors, freshness, bright colors. Not a quick prep though! I personnally spent almost 2 hours to make the recipe!

  27. Heather says

    I made this last night and my husband almost died. LOL He said it was one of the best things I have ever made! It was so yummy! The only thing I did differently was I cooked the carrots, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions at when I added the tofu sauce.

  28. Cheryl says

    This is absolutely delicious. I’ve left out the chili because we don’t really like things spicy here. I’ve made it with peanut butter and soy-nut butter. My husband would eat this every night if I made it.
    So. Good.

  29. Rachel Ferguson says

    One of the best noodle bowls ever! I reduce the amount of male syrup as I don’t have such a strong sweet tooth. Regardless, awesome flavor in this recipe.

  30. Aaliyah Leflore says

    Woooowie this was amazing, my bf came home from a long day of work to this and nearly teared up hahah. Switched almond butter for peanut butter and baked the tofu until crispy. I reduced the oil in the dressing. :-)))

  31. Kaili Carlton says

    I tried to make it a little healthier w brown rice noodles and used half almond butter and half pb2 peanut powder. I reduced the oil in the sauce and did a quick rice vinegar pickle on the cucumbers. Easy and delicious and so easy to modify to your needs!

  32. Emily Tiemann says

    I’ve been trying to get back into plant based eating and subsequently have fallen in love with Minimalist Baker all over again! I have forgotten how much I love all of Dana’s recipes and this one is no exception. I made this last night for dinner and oh man was it delicious!! I sautéed the tofu for double the time in a non stick pan (I still have yet to invest in a cast iron skillet) to get it nice and crispy before adding the sauce. As suggested I added green onions, red peppers, and basil to veggies. This was such a satisfying and easy meal! I’m already looking forward to eating my leftovers for lunch.

  33. Betsey Mowery says

    Tonight I made the Thai Noodle Bowls with Peanut Butter Tofu (I was out of almond butter). For the very first time, the tofu was crispy, and had the perfect texture. Oh. My. Word. It was SO delicious that I had an extra helpful of the nutty, tasty tofu. Your photos inspire me to cook more and to try new dishes. Thank you!!!!!

  34. Marsha says

    Wow. What a fantastic dish! I followed your recipe carefully, with my only substitutions being the red pepper flakes instead of the chili peppers, adding the optional chopped red bell peppers, and the non-GF soy sauce. It was absolutely delicious, and turned out perfect. Every instruction was exactly what I needed to create the dish, and I could easily follow everything.

    Genius!

  35. Kaely says

    Very yummy ! Used peanut butter instead of almond butter because I prefer the saltiness of it . Love your recipes ! Very easy and delicious !

  36. judee says

    This looks amazing. As a vegetarian, I can’t wait to try it. The almond butter really makes it for me.

  37. Max says

    Super yummy! My husband and I tagged teamed this recipe last night. Great flavours and colours! We switched out the Almond butter to Peanut butter- just what we had. And used Cilantro which we love.
    The whole thing was a bit labour intense for a weeknight, but well worth the effort. Thank you!!
    p.s. wanted to post a photo, but not allowed?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Glad you and your husband enjoyed the recipe, Max! We’d love to see what you cooked up and if you post it to Instagram using the hashtag #MinimalistBaker we’ll keep our eyes out for it :D

  38. Hannah says

    Do you have any substitutes for the thin rice noodles? Would thicker noodles work? Or rice, quinoa, etc.

  39. Lisa says

    My goal this weekend was to find a recipe wheee I could learn to like tofu. Well……DONE! First time ever coming with tofu and this recipe was what did it. Absolutely delicious. Definitely making again this week. Fresh simple ingredients and so much flavour. I can’t wait to have it again! This will be the recipe on my blog this week for sure. Thank you for sharing.

  40. Christina says

    Definitely worth making! Insanely easy t make and delicious. I’ve made tons of recipes from this site and this is one of the best so far!

  41. Kelli says

    I made this for dinner last night. I’m obsessed! The only thing that I will change the next time I make it is I’ll double the batch. Three of us ate all of it in one sitting.

  42. Amy says

    I never usually leave reviews but I had to on this, it was just so amazingly delicious!!! And stored separately was great for lunch the next day. Can’t wait to make this again very soon!

  43. Megan says

    Love this! I’m a mom of two small (picky) kiddos and this recipe is so easy and tasty that it has become a staple in our meal rotation! I cheat and buy the pressed tofu to make it even simpler but otherwise make this as written and I highly recommend! Even my meat-eating also-slightly-picky-eater husband really likes this! Thank youuuuuuu!

  44. Johanna says

    Saw your post on facebook and had to try it.
    what a delicious combination and really a simple recipe. unfortunately i wasnt able to find firm tofu, mine was quite soft, so the almond butter mixture didnt really stick to the tofu.
    was very tasty still!

  45. Anjelica says

    THIS IS SO GOOD!! All the textures and flavors are out of this world amazing. Thank you for all your delicous recipes, I wouldn’t be vegan if it weren’t for you Dana :)

  46. Carly says

    I love this recipe but find the dressing a bit thin. What would you recommend adding to thicken it? I tried 1/4 cup of olive oil but find it changes the taste (too diluted).

    Thank you!

  47. Chelsea says

    I LOVE your almond butter tofu recipe (I make it almost once a week), and have always been a fan of Thai food. So excited to have found this recipe! Trying it out tomorrow!

  48. Josie says

    Oh my. Another winner! As new vegans, nothing warms my heart more than my husband raving about tofu! I warmed the veggies in the pan briefly after the tofu was done. Perfect!

  49. Lena says

    Just had this for luch! Thanks for this (and all your other great recipes) – it was very yummy! :-)

  50. corinna says

    I made this tonight and it was super yummy. But I doubled the salad dressing. Thanks for the recipe

  51. Megan says

    Looks delicious, but having read through the recipe, I’m fairly certain it would take me a solid 2 hours to prep.

  52. David Lawson says

    Just wanted to say thanks for all of your recipes! You’ve helped to keep a guy who’s applying for medicare next month healthy and well fed. I do appreciate all your hard work, and love to eat the food coming from your website and books.
    Thanx again.
    Dave

  53. Barbara Voss says

    Absolutely delicious. My husband (the non-tofu fan) thought that it was the best meal ever and went back for more!

  54. Lindsey says

    I made this noodle dish with the marinated peanut tempeh recipe from your blog and it was very good! Will be making this again.

  55. Morgan Elle says

    Havnt had tofu in years but I saw this recipe and wanted to try it and, my darling, you changed the game!! best tofu I ever had!! The sauce that goes on the tofu…omg I could eat it with a spoon, so freakin good! Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe so others can enjoy your wonderful creation!
    Also, another thanks for tips on how to adjust the dressing and sauce to our liking, being a new cook this was so appreciated and helpful. I wish everyone did this! I will be making this again and again. thank you!

  56. Robbi says

    This is becoming my ultimate favourite recipe site ❤ this noodle bowl is amazing, I’ve never had tofu like this before and even in a house full of meat eaters, my family adores it too!

  57. Jamie says

    We loved this fresh and yummy recipe. I made it a second time for a potluck with sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter and it was a hit there too!

  58. Ugeshni Khan says

    Just wanted to say that we love the tofu recipe here. We have made this several times over and it’s always good. The only changes we made were to use crunchy peanut butter. We tried it with almond butter once, but I prefer the peanut flavour. We have had the tofu in bowls like the recipe demonstrates, with stir fry veggies and we once turned it into tofu steaks to have as a vegetarian burgers. It’s so good!

  59. Courtney says

    You asked about soy…well I can’t have soy in my diet. It’s suppose to exacerbate My condition, MS. I stay away from it as best I can. If there are any tips for soy free, I’d greatly appreciate it. Your recipe a have given me life! Thank you so much for having online as well as your book.

  60. Kristi says

    Mmmmmmm! I just made this and it is amazing! I had to improvise with the fresh veggies I had on hand and use peanut butter. But this is wow! Love it so much!

  61. Dineen Speer says

    Insanely Delicious! Wow! Just Wow! I made this today, super easy and my wife loves this too! Thank you for your recipes. We will make this for the rest of our lives! It’s that freaking good! Best ;)

  62. Kelsey says

    The recipe was delicious but after entering the ingredients into my calorie tracker, it came out to 811! Wish I had done this before making it. Even at the 622 calorie it says on here for the recipe, that’s extremely high for someone tying to eat healthy and only 1200 cal/day. Lesson learned, I’ll be entering calorie counts myself before making recipes. I’m looking for *healthy* vegetarian options.

  63. Nichole says

    Great flavors! I used peanut butter and it was so good. Tofu generally takes some steps to make it tasty and this was easy and tofu was yummy. Thanks!

  64. Payal Martin says

    I made this for my family and it was a huge hit, even with my two year old!! With all the chopping it took a little more than 30 minutes though.

  65. Kristen Rurarz says

    Made this tonight for dinner, it was sooo good! Looking forward to making it again…and again and again!
    My husband normally doesn’t like tofu so I first used your tips/recipe for extra crispy tofu and tossed it in some thai spices and did in the oven before mixing it with the sauce in the pan after!Turned out crispy and amazing!
    I’ve been trying to make at least two of your recipes a week, love them!

  66. Susan says

    Bowl-licking yummmmy! The only thing I’d change is to grab a bigger bowl. Seriously, the tofu was almond butter heaven!

    Thanks for being such a staple in our kitchen these past two years. We rely on your blog and cookbooks daily. Your recipes have really made food fun and OMG-satisfying!

  67. Madeline says

    Hello quick question! I made this tonight and when I was cooking the tofu all the pieces started sticking to one another and I ended up being able to fry it somewhat but when I added the peanut sauce it became a goopy sticky mess..:( what did I do wrong?? (Nonetheless the TASTE was outstanding;) ) I just didn’t get the texture like in your pictures!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! I am not sure why that happened, but am glad it still tasted great! Did you modify the recipe at all?

    • David Lawson says

      Sounds like over crowding the pan. I love crispy tofu and treat it like velcro, as soon as the pieces get close they will stick. Especially when you use very little oil.
      1. Use more oil or 2. fry in batches.

    • Mimi says

      Hi! A little late to the game but I made this tonight. I didn’t have problems cooking the tofu, but the almond sauce seized up and got sticky. I removed the tofu and added some water to the pan with the sauce over medium heat. After whisking for less than a minute it became a beautiful creamy sauce. Off heat tossed back with the tofu. Wish I could post a picture. It turned out great. Also topped with slivered toasted almonds.

  68. RebeccaS says

    If I could give this 10 stars I would. I am on a campaign to use up the food I already have lying around (I do this once a month instead of going grocery shopping that week) and so I made like a thousand substitutes to this (I’m not going to list them all b/c i hate when people do that) but IT WAS DELICiOUS NO MATTER WHAT!!! I will say that I added ginger as per many previous posters, and it def added to it.
    Veggies I used:
    Cold, sliced roasted beet (was FAB)
    Fresh Mango
    Lots of fresh cilantro
    Very lightly stir-fried (cause they were a bit past their prime lol) sugar snap peas
    The colors were sooo beautiful that my kids (5,8) took pics of their bowls like little foodies at a michelin restaurant. The tofu+sauce was perfect. I will make this again. And again.

  69. Helen says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was SO delicious! The best tofu I have ever eaten! Used limes and coriander from the garden which was a bonus. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. 5 stars!

  70. Tanner says

    This was seriously SOOOOOO delishy. Even my “non tofu liking” fiance loved this dish!!! I doubled the dressing because we like things saucy ;) This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

  71. Carolyn says

    Sooo good. So good! Easy to make, easy to eat.

    Used peanut butter because almond butter is twelve dollars a jar around here; I think the crunchy version would be divine.

    We did a “make your own” conga line of sorts; I just lined everything up and we made our own bowls.

    Loved the tossed-in-cornflour tofu; a great little bit of crunch! Cooking the tofu in the sauce was clever.

    It’s on the rotation in our house!

  72. Joanna Toole says

    This recipe was a hit in our house! The peanut sauce is delicious and the raw veg salad provides a great contrast to the tofu and sauce part. I added edamame beans and some cashew nuts for an extra protein hit!

  73. Diane says

    This is so amazing!!! I’m making this again tonight for dinner (already made it 4 or 5 times before). I always use crunchy peanut butter. Yum oh yum!!!

  74. Cheyenne says

    Oh my goodness. This is so delicious! It was fairly easy and quick to make but I had a little confusion with the tofu sauce (“was mine the right consistency?”) and the some of the frying directions. Luckily, I was able to figure it out. It turned out great. :D I think the next time I make it, it will be easier and quicker than my first go. I’m gonna keep this one in my weekly rotation from now on!

    Thank you so much! :)

  75. Meagan says

    This has become a weekly meal in our house. Between the tofu, its amazing sauce, and the dressing, it’s the perfect combination with the fresh, crunchy vegetables.

  76. Sadie says

    The sauce. Is. Amazing!!! Serve it warm over any crunchy vegetables and red kidney beans with noodles and you can’t go wrong :)

  77. maddy says

    I made this today, it was so good! is the coating for the tofu a peanut sauce if peanut butter is used instead of almond? I just moved into a dorm at PSU that has a kitchen so I have been trying to improve my cooking skills. I made your pot pie the other night as well and that was great!

  78. Alexia Prochnicki says

    Hi!

    I made this recipe last night and we absolutely LOVED it ! I did have one question for you… when I went to fry the corn-starch dredged tofu, the cornstarch side stuck to the pan (there was oil there) and when I turned them around it tore the tofu. Any advice?

  79. Samantha says

    I made this on Friday night but subbed the tofu for chicken breast. It turned out wonderfully! So flavorful, simple to throw together, healthy and hearty. I even took the leftovers for lunch the following day when I hiked to the top of a mountain! No basic hiking food here!

  80. Kellie says

    This was delicious! Because of the multiple components it is a little time consuming but SO worth it! This is going to be my ‘go to’ salad. I used zucchini instead of cucumber (it’s what I had on hand) and will probably spiralize it next time. Thank you!

  81. Robin says

    Wow! Delicious! I used tempeh instead of tofu (steamed it first), and crunchy peanut butter instead of almond butter. This is probably the best tempeh I’ve ever had. Thanks for another great recipe!

  82. Kirsten says

    Super delicious! My daughter and I both loved this recipe. I know that my husband will also be a fan. Thanks!

  83. Myra Nicole says

    I absolutely love this dish! It is so delicious, and I love the tofu! I usually do not like tofu that much, but I love it in this noodle bowl.

  84. Mercedes says

    Twice I’ve made this (peanut butter option) and it’s been a major hit. Thank you! Keep this good food coming.

  85. Diane Chandler says

    OMG!! Made this today and honestly this was such an amazing meal!! The tofu alone is my favorite tofu recipe ever!!! Yum, Yum and a million times Yum!!!!!! :)

  86. Christa says

    Oh boy! This recipe was a HUGE winner in our house. My husband actually flipped out over it (especially the tofu), and he is not a foodie! I forsee this being on our weekly menu for a long time!
    Thanks!

  87. Mrs. Fancypanties says

    This is one of our favorite meals! We eat it a few times a month. If you sub some hemp hearts in with the almond butter (1/2 Tbls), it adds a nice texture and extra nutrition. I also reduce the oil ( 1tsp in both the dressing and tofu sauce) and use coconut oil for frying. Also, if you’re calorie conscious, add romaine and/or spinach and reduce noodles. SO GOOD!

  88. Katie says

    SO GOOD! I made this with shirataki noodles because maintaining my lady shape, and PB. This is a great alternative to a stir fry for hot summer days with all the fresh veggies!!

  89. Maya says

    I do a version of this with peanut butter instead of almond. It’s delicious. One question though: how does your dressing turn out so translucent/red when you’re using tamari? Mine is yum but it’s dark brown.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I took that picture before adding the entire amount of tamari, which I had modified later after more testing!

  90. Licia says

    This is a refreshing, delicious, healthier version of the typical thia-peanut dish. I am an 8-year vegetarian and quite frankly, this is the best tofu I’ve ever eaten (I’ve eaten a lot). I used almond butter and subbed Bragg’s liquid aminos for the tamari/soy sauce only because it is what we had in the pantry, and it worked great. For the second and third time (in the last month) making it, I added just a few chopped peanuts on top. For the tofu, instead of adding the sauce to the pan the tofu is cooking in, we removed the tofu and sat it on paper towels to absorb some of the oil and then added the tofu to the bowl the sauce was in and tossed to coat. We found this results in less sauce lost to spattering or caramelizing and sticking to the pan (may have had the heat too high the first time). I am making this dish again tomorrow at the request of our vegetarian daughter, who is home for a few days from her job at a summer camp and eagerly looking forward to detoxing from what she calls ‘cafeteria canned GMO food’. Five stars are not enough. Thank you Dana!

  91. Elin says

    Thank you so so much for this recipe! I was scrolling through all the recipes on your site and this particular one caught my eye. It tastes just as delicious as it looks! I am a big fan of nut butters, so the almond butter tofu was incredible!
    I want to thank you for all the recipes you create, they’re all delicious and my first go-to recipes as I am both vegetarian and gluten intolerant!

  92. Caroline Waters says

    This recipe is literally INCREDIBLE. I can’t believe how easy it was when it looks so delicious and complex. I think I’m addicted to the almond butter tofu…..thank you!!

  93. Betsy says

    DELICIOUS! I make a similar PB sauce all the time for dipping spring rolls in, but never tried using it in the pan w/ tofu before. YUM. Added both cilantro and basil on top. Perfect first-day-off-of-summer-break lunch!!

  94. Kaeli says

    Wow! The flavours in this recipe are amazing ; the almond-butter tofu cubes are SO delicious.
    I almost didn’t make this – frying tofu has been a crumbly, tantrum-level disaster for me every time, until now. Thank you for lifting the fried-tofu ban in our house!

  95. Victoria says

    This was such a lovely fresh dinner option with a second serving all packaged up for work tomorrow! I didn’t have soy sauce (why, I always have it!) but it didn’t detract from the flavour at all. Wasn’t very good at frying the tofu, it was my first time I guess but I’ll definitely make it again in the future. great recipe!

  96. Gwen says

    This is now my go-to tofu recipe. SO FREAKING GOOD! (I made it with natural crunchy peanut butter in the blender, so ended up somewhere between smooth and crunchy)

  97. Cassidy says

    Made this last night and it was delicious! I would recommend making both the sauce and the dressing at the same time. They use a lot of the same ingredients and I made the mistake of making the sauce, putting things away as I go, and then having to pull everything back out to make the dressing.

    Im eating left over noodles, veggies, and sauce along with a cut pineapple for dinner tonight!

  98. Shayna says

    It’s super rainy and blustery here in Sarasota as storm Colin is sweeping in and I did NOT feel like cooking tonight, but I made myself because, well, I like to eat!

    Yum. And Double Yum. My boyfriend who eats vegan with me, but also eats a little organic+ashumaneaspossible meat asked me if the tofu tasted like chicken (I was eating it straight from the pan). I said “no! It’s WAY better than chicken”. He tried some and said “Ohmygod! It IS!”

    I had to sub peanut butter for almond and a little extra vinegar for limes because mine were sad and dried out. Also used rice because my rice noodles were from 2014 and did not come out right.

    And it is CRAZY delicious. Only consideration: depending on how small you tend to cut your tofu, you might wish you’d made a 1.5 or 2x batch of the amazing sauce. Dana, you’ve done it again! I’m so grateful for your kitchinspiration and your consistency!

  99. Heather says

    This recipe is as good or better than a restaurant! I could eat it every day. The tofu was the best we’ve had. Slightly crunchy, but not hard. Delicious, thank you!

  100. Diana says

    Oh my, I just made this (currently eating) and it’s sooo good!
    I’m super picky about veggies so it’s basically just carrots, noodles and tofu for me – and still, it’s SO satisfying and tasty.
    I think this will become one of my go-tos. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  101. Amy says

    I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years and this might be one of my favorite recipes. Such good flavor, very fresh but still hearty because of the crispy tofu.

  102. Maria says

    My roommate made this and OMG it is so good!!! I’d say it’s the best of your recipes so far and I’ve tried many. This will definitely need to be made soon again!

  103. Jeffery says

    This was simply amazing! The tofu blew my mind! I’ve made tofu many different ways and this may have been my favorite. The noodles went so well with it and the sauce was perfect, I was a little skeptical at first but it was great.
    Thank you!

  104. cathy says

    Made this tonight and I MUST say that it was TOTALLY scrumptious! Hubby ate it and enjoyed it enormously, and THEN I told him it was tofu . Mmwwwwaaaahh haa haa! He fully admitted that had he known beforehand, he would not have enjoyed it as much, but as it stands now, he is officially open to tofu (which has been a HUGE sticking point in the past).

    Completely satisfying and a party in my mouth with each lovely bite!

    Thank you so much! If only there were more stars to give, I would.

  105. Aurora says

    Oh my goodness, this was just amazing. I sounded like Meg Ryan in the scene from When Harry Met Sally while eating this!!

  106. Sarah says

    This one goes all the way to 11!!

    I’m obsessed with this and have cooked it several times and sent the link around to family and friends. I’ve used peanut butter since I’m cooking in a remote part of the Northern Territory of Australia and almond butter isn’t a thing here yet :)

    Global Tofu! Thanks guys x

  107. Felicie says

    One question: Are you using plain sesame oil or toasted sesame oil?
    Recipe sounds fantastic- can’t wait to try it!!
    Thank you!

  108. Justine says

    Made these tonight, following the recipe pretty much to a tee and they are AMAZING. Let me tell you! The perfect recipe for this warmer weather and that PB tofu is thebomb.com. Definitely adding this to my repertoire. The biggest problem my dad and I are having right now is how to leave enough to let my sister have a bowl when she gets home from work haha.

    Also just wanted to say that I received your new cookbook for my birthday last week, and I made the apricot hand pies (well, I made blueberry hand pies because those are what I had) and they too were amazing! Turned out perfectly crisp and browned. I am so excited to try the rest of your recipes!!

  109. stephanie says

    Delicious recipe! I used peanut butter (almond is too expensive) and it worked just fine as a substitute. It did burn a little when it made contact with the pan as I drizzled it on top of the tofu so I would watch out for this. Didn’t affect the meal much. Delicious, will be making again. Will make way less rice noodles (had so many leftover!)! Thanks!!

  110. Mitchell says

    I made this three nights in a row now for my gluten free workgroup. All of em were amazed by the quality of the dish. Thank you for your amazing recipes!!

  111. Miranda says

    This was delicious! I came home really tired last night but saw this recipe in my inbox and realized I had pretty much all the ingredients, so I rallied up the energy to make it. And it was so worth it! I actually didn’t have red bell peppers, green onions, or cucumber, so I used what I had instead (red onions and celery) and it was still absolutely delicious. Perfect recipe, and so quick. Thanks!

  112. Joel says

    This seems almost exactly like the tofu chop salad ingredients from Sprouted Kitchen. Love the concept here but the noodles are yuck and the dressing is lackluster. However the tofu turned out great. I’d use the sriracha dressing from Sprouted Kitchen and ditch the noodles.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      How are the noodles “yuck”? Sounds like it was the brand you were using. Thanks for the feedback!

        • Carol says

          you probably over cooked them. Over cooked rice noodle are yuck (they pretty much dissolve in your mouth). But perfectly cooked rice noodles are amazing.

        • Jocelyn says

          Rice noodles are often already cooked and just need soaking – did you try to boil them? This makes them quite “yuck” in my opinion.

  113. Vimilimitex says

    This recipe is FANTASTIC. Loved every bite of it. I used rice in place of noodles and added some lime zest to the mix. Next time I’ll double the almond butter sauce—I want some on every noodle or grain of rice. YumMEE.

  114. Ava says

    I have never left a comment before on any site, but just had to for this recipe. Your recipe was awesome!! So flavourful and delicious! I used the veg I had in the house and peanut butter, lemon juice and buckwheat noodles as that’s what I had, but everything else was the same. I did double the sauces as I love things a bit saucy and added ginger as per others comments. A wonderful easy recipe, I highly recommend it!

  115. Amanda says

    Made this for dinner tonight and the entire family loved it – including a picky 2.5 year old. I blanched the veggies a bit just for personal preference and used peanut butter. It was sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!

  116. Rebecca Foxworth says

    This was truly an amazing dish! Restaurant-quality, for sure. Given that FOUR of these bowls would likely cost us about $30.00 on lunch special at a restaurant, we’re quite the grateful family (we love Thai food). With two omnivores and two vegetarians, it was also quite an easy dish to double, and then split the sauce between a skillet full of tofu, and one full of leftover grilled chicken (yielding two bowls of each)…and when I say “bowls” I mean “serving bowls”…these portions are generous. It was universally liked, and no one even asked for a snack all evening…yay, veggies!
    To make on a weeknight in the future, I’d probably prep the sauce and dressing over the weekend so it would be ready to go. I’m thinking this will be one of our “go to” dishes for summer! Thank you for posting this!

  117. Lauren says

    Oh…my…goodness. I made this for dinner tonight, and my fiancée and I both couldn’t stop going back for more. I’ll never cook tofu another way, and this will go straight into the weekly rotation!

  118. Kristin says

    I just made this for dinner and it is LIFE CHANGING!!! The combination of flavours and textures is just so, so good.

  119. Megan says

    I double the recipe, and quadrupled the dressing (cause I like it saucy) and it was amazing ???? thank you, Dana!

  120. Elizabeth says

    This dish was so deliciously awesome! I made it with peanut butter and all the fresh, brightly colored veggies I could get my hands on. Thank you for an amazing recipe!

  121. Allison says

    Made this today, it is 1000% awesome! The tofu is especially delicious. Came together very quickly and I had everything on hand to make it. Bringing it to the park later for a perfect picnic lunch! I used garlic granules in the dressing instead of fresh garlic and added more tamari to the dressing, but otherwise made as written. Will definitely make this again. Also making your breakfast cookies A LOT lately! Thanks :)

  122. Sue says

    Dana, I made this for dinner last night. Only problem is that one of my kids wanted more and it was all gone. Everything was so good on its own, but all together it was amazing. Thanks for another winner!! You rock :)

  123. Tiana says

    I made this last night, and it was delicious! I made this with peanut butter, and my husband loved it. Next time i’ll have to top it with chopped peanuts.

  124. Megin says

    The almond butter instead of peanut butter takes this recipe to a new and surprising place! Can’t wait to try it! There’s no reason to go to a Thai restaurant when you can make delicious Thai food at home! Thanks!!!

  125. Vicki Costello says

    I made this last night for dinner. WOW, what great flavor! And the big bonus is that my husband LOVED it. This is going to make it to my “we usually eat” list. I used zucchini ribbons in the place of rice noodles and chose peanut butter. I want to say thanks so much for all of the wonderful meals you share. It has helped my commitment to eat a vegetable based diet so very much.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lovely! Thanks for sharing, Vicki! I need to try it with zucchini noodles next time ;D

  126. Dolores says

    Home Run! My family loved it! Substituted shrimp for my carnivores but also used tofu for my vegan and had to double the salad dressing. Will be making again!

  127. Shelley says

    I made this for dinner tonight and lemme tell you it was delicious… full of wonderful flavors and textures! My husband especially loved the almond butter tofu. Thank you for the fab recipe! I’ll definitely make this again.

  128. Danielle says

    Just made this for dinner…oh my! So delish! I love the addition of all the fresh veggies and herbs. I couldn’t resist adding some spiralized beets. Perfect. Also gave it a Vietnamese flair by topping it with fried scallion oil (pan fried the thinly sliced green onions). Over the top delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

  129. Crystal says

    Made this tonight (after drooling over the recipe all day). It was fantastic! I was out of almond butter so used natural peanut butter and the tofu turned out DIVINE! It was so fresh and summery. All my favourite things in one delicious bowl!

  130. Sharona says

    OMG, that looks amazing. Going to make it this weekend. Will substitute Soba noodles for rice ones, it’s what I have at home. Can’t wait to eat this!! Thank you.

  131. Beth says

    We made this today for lunch and it was fantastic! I am looking forward to eating the leftovers for dinner, and then making more soon.

    A bit of ginger would be great in the sauces, will try that next time.

  132. Celeste | The Whole Serving says

    Looks delicious and I like the use of almond butter, for all of use with peanut allergies. I’ll be preparing this very soon.

  133. Anne-Marie says

    Just made it. Very very very delicious!!! Couldn’t resist adding ginger in both sauces, though ;)

  134. Sue says

    Dana, this looks great. It just might be tonight’s dinner!
    Thanks for another creative and delicious-looking recipe! :)

  135. Emily @ Robust Recipes says

    Gaah this sounds amazing. That almond butter sauce sounds incredible! All those veggies are gorgeous!

  136. Samantha says

    Bam! Totally making this over the weekend, it is exactly what I’ve been craving lately. I’ve coated tofu in peanut butter before and loved it so I’m sure the almond butter will be just as heavenly!

  137. Julia @ Sprinkles & Saturdays says

    Oh my gosh, this bowl looks to die for! I always love grabbing this type of food at restaurants but would love to try to make it on my own! Thanks for sharing!

  138. runningpathES says

    This looks delicious, thanks for yet another great recipe — I’ll be sure to review when I make it.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you, especially after getting your cookbook: why do you never use tempeh? Do you just not like it? I find that steaming it before cooking it takes away any bitterness, and it’s a very nice change of pace from tofu.

      • runningpathES says

        So either Veganomicon or Vegan Brunch is where I learned to steam it first — it really gets rid of the bitter flavor. (Vegan With a Vengeance was my first intro to vegan cooking many many years ago, and I still pull her books out regularly.) I’ll look forward to tempeh recipes from you!

      • Dee Dee says

        I, too, would love to see more tempeh recipes. From some reading I’ve done it seems if you steam the tempeh or gently boil it before adding to a recipe, it removes the bitter taste and makes it more receptive to marinades, etc. I’m going to try this recipe with tempeh.

  139. Lauren says

    Gorgeous! My husband requested we eat less meat so we’ve added tofu, quinoa, etc into the mix. This looks like it will appeal to everyone here :P Thanks!

    • Ramona says

      Jealous!! My partner doesn’t think it’s a real meal if there’s no meat in it :( poor baby gonna die!!

  140. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden says

    Toot toot. I’m getting on the Thai-inspired noodle bowl train for sure! Love Thai food but the Thai restaurants are uber pricy where we live and wife has vetoed them. Interesting that you use either cilantro or basil to top, they’re both so different. Like both and grow both. Yup, man in his mid 30’s and gym teacher converted gardener here. Doc says my cholesterol is still to high and I need to cram even more veggies in my diet. Vegan when possible! Doing my best.