Spicy Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls (Air Fryer or Oven)

These Spicy Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls (air fryer or oven directions) make a flavorful protein-packed meatless meal that comes together quickly!

Spicy Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls
Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls

If you like spicy food, I bet you’ll like these Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls. Lately, I have loved tofu in my dishes – it’s a great source of protein and low in fat. I have always tried to incorporate it into my diet at least a few times a month just to mix things up. Tofu is a great blank slate and super versatile since it soaks up the flavors of anything you marinate it in – sort of like the vegetarian’s chicken. : ) If you’re interested in experimenting more with tofu, check out my Kung Pao Tofu.

tofu cubes on a cutting board

I cook the tofu for these spicy tofu bowls in the air fryer to get it extra crispy. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also bake it in the oven. You’ll want extra firm tofu for this dish, but you can also use firm. Extra firm tofu holds its shape the best, so it won’t fall apart when cooking.

How do you press the tofu to get the liquid out?

The most important thing to do to ensure crispy tofu is to squeeze out all the liquid! To get all the water out of the tofu before cooking, just put it between some paper towels or tea towels and press to release the water.

Variations:

  • Swap the tofu with chicken or shrimp.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, bake the tofu in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Sub coconut aminos or soy sauce for tamari.
  • Use plain white sesame seeds or omit them if you can’t find multi-colored.
  • Here, I served these crispy tofu bowls with brown rice and edamame for more protein, but cauliflower rice or stir-fried veggies would also be great.

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Spicy Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls

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453 Cals 29 Protein 38 Carbs 20 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: Asian
These Spicy Sriracha Tofu Rice Bowls make a flavorful protein-packed meatless meal that comes together quickly!

Ingredients

  • 14 oz extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons gluten-free Tamari, (or soy sauce) divided
  • 4 teaspoons sriracha, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, divided
  • 1 medium scallion, chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 2 teaspoons Thai sweet chili sauce

For Serving:

  • 1 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup warmed shelled edamame
  • 1/2 teaspoon multi color sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Place tofu block between some paper towels and press to absorb extra water.
  • Repeat until tofu feels dry and no more water comes out.  Slice across in half lengthwise and then into cubes.
  • In a large bowl stir together 1 tablespoon of the tamari, 2 teaspoons of the sriracha, 2 teaspoons of the sesame and the scallion whites, add the tofu and let sit 10 minutes.

Air Fryer directions:

  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil.
  • Transfer the tofu to the air fryer in a single layer and air fry 370F about 10 to 12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway until slightly golden and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

Oven directions:

  • Bake in a preheat oven 400F about 25 minutes, turning halfway.

To Finish (air fryer or oven):

  • While it cooks, add the remaining 2 teaspoons sriracha, 2 teaspoons Tamari, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and sweet chili sauce to the bowl.
  • When the tofu is ready, toss it with the sauce to coat until evenly covered. Serve immediately over rice with edamame, sesame seeds and scallion greens.

Video

Notes

Variations:

  • Swap the tofu with chicken or shrimp.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, bake the tofu in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Sub coconut aminos or soy sauce for tamari.
  • Use plain white sesame seeds or omit them if you can’t find multi-colored.
  • Here, I served these crispy tofu bowls with brown rice and edamame for more protein, but cauliflower rice or stir-fried veggies would also be great.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 453kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Sodium: 1109mg, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugar: 6.5g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 11
Purple Smart Points: 3
Keywords: asian tofu, tofu

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19 comments

  1. P.S. just noticed sesame is mentioned in the marinade! I read “2 teaspoons of the sesame” as sesame seeds!!!! perhaps worth adding the word “oil” so others don’t do what I did? 😉

  2. I’m excited to try this tonight! I’m having my teenage son assist me – he drained/cut the tofu and mixed the marinade.

    Gina – I noticed the video mentions including sesame oil in marinade but written recipe does not. Would it make sense to add this to the written recipe? Hope it turns out well!

  3. This was such a solid, easy weeknight meal!

  4. This was absolutely delicious!!! My husband and I loved it! We didn’t have any Thai chili sauce so I used a packet of duck sauce from leftover takeout lol. I also added a 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and 1/2 tsp of onion powder to the sauce mixture. Didn’t have any scallions but definitely will pick up for next time. This will be a staple in our house! 

  5. WOW – I’ve attempted many air fryer tofu recipes, and this has got to be my favorite. I love how crispy the outsides come out without having to use cornstarch to get that crisp. The sauce is delicious, and overall it’s such an easy thing to make! I meal prepped for 4 meals at once, but next time, I might leave the components separate and make it “fresh” each night (i.e., marinate and air fry nightly). Served it with brown rice, broccoli and edamame.

  6. Loved this recipe.
    This was my first time cooking tofu and I was very pleased with the outcome. Great flavor and texture. I will be adding this to my rotation.

  7. Is the entire recipe 1 serving? This looks so amazing !!

  8. Evening! Trying to make this tomorrow but not sure what to do with the leftover tamari, sriracha and sesame oil. Thanks!  Also if you want to replace this with chicken should I add
    Cornstarch ?? 

  9. Great Tofu Recipe ❤️

  10. Delicious! Made using the oven method without bothering to turn them and didn’t have any issues with burning or sticking. Would love more vegetarian entree recipes!

  11. The recipe instructions were a bit confusing by inserting the instructions for cooking the tofu in the oven before going on the steps of what to do with the rest of the Tamari, Sriracha, and sesame oil and the sweet chili sauce. Since I was air frying the tofu, I didn’t notice those steps because I thought they were part of the oven cooking instructions.

    The recipe was very good. I loved the crispiness of the tofu and the flavors. I didn’t have any edamame so used fresh chopped pea pods, cucumber, and green pepper instead.

  12. This looks to good! So, do you add the tofu to the sauce that is sitting 10 minutes? Or do you air fry the tofu dry?