This Crispy Mongolian Tofu dish is inspired by the ubiquitous Mongolian Beef, commonly served at Chinese-American restaurants. These pieces of tofu are shallow-fried to a crispy golden-brown and coated with a familiar savory and sweet sauce.
They go so perfectly with freshly steamed rice — I easily finished two bowls and was left wanting more. Traditionally, the Mongolian-style sauce is not a spicy one, but I found that dried chilis gave it a pleasant little kick. Feel free to leave it out!
Tried this tonight. I over-fried mine so it was a smidge too crispy, but it tasted SO good that we will be having this again (and I’ll be sure to fry it correctly).
Tried this for the first time today – I’m so amazed at the texture that can be achieved with the tofu!! Great recipe, looking forward to making this again 🙂
Made this tonight for me and my family and absolutely loved it! Only had time to press the tofu for about an hour beforehand but turned out amazing regardless!! Thanks so much for this recipe!
Hi Jace!! that’s awesome =)) I’m glad you liked it xx
This was amazing! Stepping into vegan waters and knowing I can not only tolerate tofu, but fall head over heels for it, is inspiring – because I hate tofu. A convert.
Hi Shelley!! ahh thank you for this, tofu is really something beautiful :’)) To be completely honest, I’m a relatively recent convert myself as well. Glad you enjoyed it xx
Could I put in about a teaspoon of garlic chili sauce instead of dried chili?
Hi Katie!! Yes, that sounds great as well 🙂 Hope you’ll like it! x
So good! Will be adding this to my regular meal rotation
Yay Megan!! So glad you enjoy it x
Made for dinner tonight and was so delicious.
Happy to hear that you enjoyed it Ashley!! xx
I’ve now made two of your recipes twice in like once week because once wasn’t enough lol soooo good, I can’t wait to keep trying more!
Hi Kelly! Oh man, that’s too much! I hope you’ll like all of them :’))
This recipe is amazing. I added a few seasonings to the sugar like sage, turmeric and garlic chili sauce, which really gave it a burst of flavor. I served it over cold rice noodles and fell in love. Thank you so much for sharing this!
Hi TaMarria!! That sounds awesome =) I’m so glad you liked it!! No problem x
This was so wonderful! Thank you for this tasty recipe! Made it for dinner, and it was a hit 🙂
Hi Emily! Ahh im so glad you liked it!! No problem xx
I just made this dish tonight for dinner and it was super tasty! It was my first time using the double thaw method but wow was it worth it! I highly recommend this dish and have already shared it with friends!
Wow!!!! Unbelievable texture and flavor. Can’t wait to make this for everyone I know. Thank you so much for all of your great vegan recipes.
made this tonight and it came out so good. I couldnt get ‘strips’ of tofu. they broke into various sized chunks. I used a mix of avocado oil and veggie oil for frying and added a small sprinkle of dried chili flakes. I may have to double the batch next time as i’d love to have leftovers. This recipe is a keeper!!
I need to tell you that this recipe is DELICIOUS and you are my hero.🥰
THIS IS SO GOOD OFF THE CHARTS BANANAS GOOD GOD BLESS
Me & whole family love it.
Wow George I made this tonight and it was so delicious. The double freeze method is a game changer, makes it the best tofu we’ve ever had. I served it with steamed broccoli and bok choy 🙂 Thanks for another great recipe!!
I just tried this today and I’m amazed at the tofu texture!! Next time I make this I’ll probably double the amount of dried chilies or maybe add chili oil on top but that’s just me being a spice addict. Thank you so much for this recipe!
This is my new favorite recipe! I’ve made it about once a week since we found it on tiktok. The twice frozen and thawed tofu is so good–thank you!! (My boyfriend says you’re a genius.)
I hate tofu, but this recipe made it taste as good if not better than meat. Getting tofu to be flavorful, crispy, and chewy instead of bland and soft has always been unattainable for me… This is going to be a staple. Thank you!
I made this the other night. It’s delicious and so quick and easy! Thank you!
mmmmmh so yummy 11/10 would recommend
Tried this last night and just had the leftovers for lunch. The results were SO satisfying! This recipe was easy to follow and execute. Delicious – thank you! 🙂
I’m eating it as I type this. Thank you!!! It’s incredible. I had no idea tofu could be that crunchy and the sauce is amazing too. I love it!
This is my favorite dish when I order takeout, so I was really excited to try it at home. The texture of the tofu turned out amazing and the sauce was easy and super flavorful! I will definitely double the recipe next time so I can have more leftovers. So good!
I just made this tonight and it was delicious!! This was my first time trying the double freeze method for tofu and it makes such a difference. I can’t wait to make this for friends!!
I made this for myself tonight but my family ate most of it lol. Really good and relatively quick (minus all the freezing and thawing). Thanks!
I love Mongolian beef, but I have never tried tofu. I have a fear of texture when it comes to food. I took a big step out of my comfort zone and tried this tonight for dinner. It was amazing. I’m going to try the three cup later this week. Thank you for this recipe and for inspiring me to try something new.
I made this last week and it was delicious. I’d love to meal prep this for lunches, but I’m unsure of how the tofu will hold up after being microwaved. Any recommendations?
Thank you Caroline!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. When I prepped extra, I did find that the tofu will not be as crispy the next day. A good way to reheat is to use a 400 F / 200 C oven & bake them for 5-10 minutes.
I was absolutely blown away. Perfection. Thank you for teaching me.
This is one of my favorite recipes! So easy to make and it’s delicious! I make it all the time. Thank you for sharing it 🙂
10/10 recommend. The double freeze gave the tofu great texture and the sauces tasty. I used fresh jalapeños in place of the dried chilli because that’s what I had and it worked perfect.
Made this for the first time tonight with extra firm tofu, I found it a little too crispy. Do you think there needs to be alterations to the amount of corn starch used? Or stick with the medium firm tofu? Thank you! Everything else, the sauce came out amazing.
Hi Laila! From my experience, medium-firm tofu works the best for this purpose. Extra firm tofu has too little water and becomes really dry even after frying (like you said). I don’t think altering the amount of corn starch would actually help — it has to do with the internal water content of the tofu more. Try using firm tofu (just not extra-firm) if you cannot find medium-firm tofu!
Didnt have any sugar or maple syrup in the house last night so used about a teaspoon of black strap molasses instead, it worked!
Amazing!! Thank you for sharing
Absolutely delicious – and so quick and simple to make! Definitely a new favourite, the double freeze/thaw trick makes a huge difference – no more soggy tofu. Thank you! 🙂
Hands down best recipe I’ve had in months. Thank you!!!
Great recipe! It made the tofu taste delicious! Congrats
This recipe is amazing!! Even our 7 year old loves this and actually requests it weekly- it’s hands down her favorite way to eat tofu. Amazing flavors and easy recipe to follow too. Thank you so much!
So good and so easy! I didn’t have dried chili’s but I always have gochugaru on hand so I subbed with that. Turned out amazing!
Second time in about 6 weeks I have made this recipe and I love it as much the second time as the first. I eat it with rice and cooked greens so find I get at least 3 large meals from it as it reheats well. Flavour, crunch and a quick, easy recipe make this dish a new favourite. This 66 year old gal now uses the technique of freezing and pressing tofu for many of my dishes. Thanks Chez Jorge.
Like some other folks, I over fried mine too. I used extra-firm tofu which might have contributed to the extra crispy results. Next time, I’ll be sure to follow directions and use a medium-firm tofu and try not to over fry it 🙂
This is FANTASTIC. Can’t stress enough how delicious this is. I’ve made it 5 times. Hand squeeze the tofu, and we quadruple it for 5 people. I used Sambal Oelek in place of dried chilis.
Thank you for creating this masterpiece!