Tofu Pad Thai

Tofu Pad Thai

Tofu Pad Thai

While we’re isolating at home, I have been working to recreate some of our favorite restaurant dishes. Pad thai is one of my boyfriend’s go-to dishes. I asked him why he loves this dish and this is how he answered: “It’s delicious!” While that’s not really the answer I was looking for, it’s true! I like this dish because it’s a little sweet, salty, and spicy. Quite honestly, though, anything with peanut butter I’ll love. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below!


Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Level: Easy



Fried Tofu:

14 oz Extra Firm Tofu

½ cup Cornstarch

3 tbsp Vegetable Oil


Noodle/Vegetable Mixture:

1 8 oz. package of Rice Noodles (or any other Asian noodle!)


1 Medium Yellow Pepper (thinly sliced)

2 Medium Carrots (shredded)

4 cups Kale (shredded)

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil



4 tbsp Peanut Butter

5 tbsp Soy Sauce

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

4 tbsp Water (Warm!)

2 tsp Garlic Chili Sauce

1 tbsp Sesame Oil



Sesame Seeds and Peanuts for topping!



Frying Tofu:

  1. Press your tofu by placing it between two layers of paper towels. Place a heavy-weighted pan or cutting board over the top layer of paper towel. Allow the tofu to sit like this for ~15 minutes. 
  2. Cube tofu into bite sized pieces. 
  3. Toss tofu in cornstarch until evenly coated. 
  4. In a large frying pan, heat 4 tbsp vegetable oil over medium to high heat. Add tofu to oil and fry until golden brown and crisp on all sides. *Note: the oil gets hot pretty quickly (about 3 minutes). Cover the frying pan to ensure you don’t get burned by the hot oil!*
  5. Place a cooling rack over a few layers of paper towels. Remove tofu from the pan and place it on the cooling rack to cool.


Noodles and Vegetables:

  1. Cook rice noodles according to package instructions.
  2. In the same frying pan used to fry the tofu, heat a tablespoon of oil and saute vegetables until soft.
  3. While the noodles and vegetables are cooking, mix together sauce ingredients in a small bowl. 
  4. Once the noodles are done cooking, immediately add them to the vegetables and mix well. 
  5. In the frying pan, add sauce to the noodle and vegetable mixture. Toss to mix well.
  6. Serve noodles and vegetables warm with fried tofu. Top with sesame seeds and peanuts for an extra crunch!