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Pan Fried Tofu and Bell Peppers
Pan Fried Tofu with rainbow Bell Peppers is a quick, easy, vegan and gluten free tofu recipe. I cooked tofu to make it crispy and then added bell peppers and few spices to elevate the taste. This is my way of adding, healthy yet scrumptious vegan side dish to any main course.

Ask me, I can enjoy a bowl full of this delicious, aromatic and protein rich side anytime of the day. If you prefer, mix it with plain rice or eat on side with some grilled meat for lunch/dinner.

Quick Tip - Use Paper Towels to remove extra moisture from Tofu. This reduces the cooking time and also, water does not sputter when you add Tofu to preheated pan. It you do not have turmeric, just use red pepper powder, salt and crushed black pepper. Believe me it will still taste amazing. Just do not forget to add lemon juice (this is key ingredient here).
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Pan Fried Tofu and Bell Peppers

Pan Fried Tofu and Bell Peppers
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine Asian Category Serves 2


  • 1 lbs Tofu (Firm Tofu Diced)
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper (diced into bite size pieces, I have used red and green peppers)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Lemon (Juice)
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 3-4 tbsp Cilantro (fresh cilantro fine chopped)


  • 1. Dice tofu into small 1/2 inch squares and pat dry with paper towel to remove water. I used firm Tofu for this recipe. Also dice bell peppers into similar size and set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Pan Fried Tofu and Bell Peppers
    2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan, add tofu and fry till tofu is light brown from all sides. Now add bell peppers and stir fry for 5 minutes or till bell peppers are little soft.
  • Step for Recipe - Pan Fried Tofu and Bell Peppers
    3. Now add red pepper powder, turmeric (or curry powder if using), salt and stir to coat tofu and vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes for flavor to marry.
  • Step for Recipe - Pan Fried Tofu and Bell Peppers
    4. Add lemon juice and remove pan from heat. Garnish with some fresh chopped cilantro and serve hot with your choice of rice or as snack.

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8 comment(s)

  1. Yumm yumm yummm, this Pan Fried Tofu turned out so so good. I just bought tofu today and was looking for some recipes, came across this website and tofu tastes delicious. Well DOne!!!!
  2. Very true @Stephen, this tofu recipe is actually that easy. I liked your idea of defining it as chop, dice and spice recipe. Enjoy!!
  3. Nice. Chop, dice, spice and done. Thanks for sharing this simple Tofu recipe.
  4. I love Tofu. This recipe looks so delicious. You make it looks to clean and simple to cook. I will give it a try next time I buy Tofu.
  5. My daughter loves cooking. We made this tofu recipe yesterday. Really enjoyed cooking it and came out great too.
  6. I love Tofu. Never thought about this so easy recipe. Good one.
  7. This was so easy recipe. Cant wait to try it.
  8. yummm... this looks delish...