Crispy Tofu Skewers with Kiwi, Peach, & Mint Salsa

When I first ate these spicy, crispy tofu skewers with kiwi, peach, and mint salsa, I exclaimed to my husband, “this is the best crispy tofu I’ve ever eaten!”, and that’s the honest truth.

If you’re someone who doesn’t like tofu because you think it’s bland or you don’t like the texture, I promise you, you just haven’t had tofu that is cooked perfectly yet. Without seasonings and the proper care when cooking, you can find yourself with a disappointing meal.

That’s true for a salad, the Sunday roast, and yes, even (and especially!) tofu.

And when it comes to tofu, there are only two kinds: O-M-G-amazing-where-have-you-been-all-my-life, and horrendous.

This version of tofu is goooood tofu. It’s marinated to add depth of flavour, and then lightly coated with seasonings and pan fried to create the most delicious crispy coating. When you bite into the tofu’s crunchy outer layer, you expose a juicy piece of smokey, spicy tofu that will make your taste buds do a happy dance.

Smother them with this deliciously zesty yet spicy kiwi, peach, and mint salsa for the perfect symphony of flavours that’s salty + spicy + smokey + sweet + sour.

It’s a tour de force of flavours!

You can swap the peaches for fresh mangoes for an equally delicious, but slightly sweeter salsa. Serve this as a tantalising appetiser, a light meal, or add some rice or salad to make a complete meal.

Step 2: A glass baking dish with tofu sliced into cubes and mixed in a marinade
Step 2: Slice the tofu into cubes and mix it with the marinade
Step 4: A ceramic baking dish with cubes of tofu that have been coated with a cornflour, smoked paprika, and salt mixture
Step 4: A few cubes at a time, toss the tofu into the cornflour mix
Step 4: Cubes of tofu stacked onto skewers, with four cubes per skewer
Step 4: Thread 4 cubes onto each skewer
Crispy tofu skewers on a long, ceramic serving dish, with a wedge of lime and sprig of mint
Crispy tofu skewers
Crispy tofu skewers on a long, white ceramic serving dish, with a bowl of kiwi, peach, and mint salsa in the foreground
Crispy tofu skewers with kiwi, peach, and mint salsa
Crispy tofu skewers and a wedge of lime on a long, white ceramic serving dish, with a bowl of kiwi, peach, and mint salsa with a sprig of mint in the foreground
Crispy tofu skewers with kiwi, peach, and mint salsa
Crispy tofu skewers and a wedge of lime on a long, white ceramic serving dish, with a bowl of kiwi, peach, and mint salsa with a sprig of mint in the foreground, with the tofu skewers drizzled with the salsa
Crispy tofu skewers with kiwi, peach, and mint salsa
Crispy tofu skewers and a wedge of lime on a long, white ceramic serving dish, with a bowl of kiwi, peach, and mint salsa with a sprig of mint , with the tofu skewers drizzled with the salsa

Crispy Tofu Skewers with Kiwi, Peach, & Mint Salsa

Course: Appetiser, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Small Meal
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion
Keyword: Asian, Cold Food, Dairy-Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Meat Substitute, Nut-Free, Pescatarian, Refined Sugar-Free, Salad, Savoury, Spicy, Summer, Sweet, Vegan, Vegetarian, Warm Food, Yeast-Free
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 14 skewers
Calories: 65 kcal
Author: Silvia Morris

Spicy, crispy tofu skewers with kiwi, peach, and mint salsa, This is the best vegan crispy tofu you'll ever eat. I promise!

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Ingredients

Crispy Tofu Skewers

  • 500 g firm tofu
  • 1 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or another sweetener, such as agave syrup or rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke optional
  • ½ cup cornflour
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • coconut oil for frying
  • small bamboo skewers

Kiwi, Peach, and Mint Salsa

  • 2 kiwi fruit green, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 peach yellow, medium-sized, and finely diced with the skin on
  • 1 Tbsp red onion about ¼ red onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 bird's eye chilli stem and seeds removed and very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves loosely packed and chopped
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Drain the tofu and wrap it in an absorbent paper towel. Place a plate on top to press for 10 minutes while preparing the marinade and salsa. By draining the tofu first, it'll help it to absorb more marinade.

  2. In a small bowl, mix the tamari, sriracha, rice wine vinegar, sweetener, ground cumin, and liquid smoke. Once the tofu has drained, cut it into cubes about 1.5 cm (⅗") in size, mix it with the marinade and set aside for a minimum of 15 minutes.

  3. Mix all the salsa ingredients, excluding the mint, into a medium-sized bowl.

  4. In a medium bowl, mix the cornflour, smoked paprika, and salt. In batches of a few tofu cubes at a time, toss the tofu into the cornflour mix, and shake off any excess flour. Thread 4 cubes of tofu onto each skewer and set aside.

  5. Heat a heavy-based, non-stick skillet on medium-low heat with a ½ cm (⅕") layer of oil. Fry the skewers until crispy and golden brown, for approximately 3-5 minutes, turning while you're frying to ensure all sides cook evenly. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan with skewers (if required, fry them in multiple batches), and add some extra oil if the skillet is getting dry. Once cooked, transfer to a plate lined with absorbent paper towel and season the skewers with salt while they're hot off the pan.
  6. Mix the mint into the salsa, then serve it with the skewers. Optionally add some extra sriracha sauce on top if you like it spicy! Serve the dish immediately so you can enjoy it while the tofu is nice and crispy.

Recipe Notes

  • This dish has a mild heat level; drizzle some extra sriracha on top after frying to spice it up if you like it hot.
  • You can swap the peaches for fresh mangoes for an equally delicious, but slightly sweeter salsa.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Tofu Skewers with Kiwi, Peach, & Mint Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Potassium 78mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 17.2%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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