Sweet and sour tofu is bursting with flavour and can be served as either a vegan main course or side dish. Tofu is an excellent source of plant based protein so it’s a popular choice among vegans and vegetarians. This really is a well balanced meal in and of itself, but can be served over rice or noodles to make it an extra special vegan dinner idea.
Store bought sweet and sour sauce is loaded with refined sugar, so my goal was to create a sauce that tasted very similar, but was refined sugar free. I suspected date paste would work particularly well in this recipe because it seemed to be the ideal consistency for this sort of sauce. It definitely worked!
I like using apple cider vinegar as the sour component in this recipe, but feel free to substitute any other vinegar of your choosing. Rice vinegar is a good alternative.
Eggplant works very well in this tofu recipe, but I think I’ll mix it up and substitute with broccoli the next time I make this dish. Really any vegetable, or combination of vegetables, would work nicely in this recipe, so feel free to use whatever veg you have on hand.
Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe
1 1/2 cups extra firm tofu, cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 cups eggplant, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup date paste
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (or your preferred vinegar)
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried chili peppers
Optional: garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
Add date paste, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, salt, and chili peppers to a bowl and stir until combined. Add oil to the wok or frying pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the tofu and fry on both sides until cooked and a little crispy (approximately 5 minutes per side). Remove tofu from the pan and reserve. Add the eggplant and fry until soft and a little caramelized (approximately 5 minutes per side). Add the tofu back to the pan. Add the sauce to the pan and stir to combine and heat the ingredients for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Makes 4-6 portions of sweet and sour tofu.