Golden Tofu And Veggie Curry: A Weeknight Wonder

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This golden curry recipe with tofu is a vegetarian twist on a Japanese comfort food classic. It’s packed with flavor, easy to prepare, and perfect for a quick and satisfying weeknight meal. The golden curry sauce is rich and creamy, and the tofu absorbs all the deliciousness. Plus, it’s completely customizable! Feel free to add your favorite vegetables or protein for a more personalized touch.


Vegan Japanese Curry with Fried Tofu
Vegan Japanese Curry with Fried Tofu

1 block (14 oz) extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Prep the Tofu: Cut the tofu into bite-sized cubes. Wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and place a heavy object on top to press out any excess moisture for at least 15 minutes.

    2. Sauté the Aromatics: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

    3. Build the Flavor: Add the curry powder, turmeric, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the pan. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, to release the spices’ aromas.

    4. Simmer the Sauce: Pour in the coconut milk, diced tomatoes with their juices, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes.

    5. Add the Tofu: Add the pressed tofu cubes to the simmering sauce. Gently stir to coat the tofu and increase the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the tofu is heated through and the sauce has thickened slightly.

    6. Serve and Enjoy: Pour the golden curry over a bed of cooked rice. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per Serving)

    Calories: 400

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Sodium: 600mg

  • Note: These are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This golden curry with tofu is a delicious and nutritious vegetarian meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. It’s easy to customize with your favorite vegetables or protein, making it a versatile crowd-pleaser. Plus, the leftovers taste even better the next day! So ditch the takeout menu and whip up this satisfying curry at home.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of tofu?

    Yes, you can! Firm tofu or sprouted tofu would also work well in this recipe. Just be sure to press out any excess moisture for the best results.

    2. What vegetables can I add to this curry?

    This recipe is a great base for adding all sorts of vegetables. Some delicious options include bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, or green beans. Simply add them to the pan with the onions and garlic in step 2.

    3. How can I make this curry vegan?

    To make this recipe vegan, simply swap the vegetable broth for vegetable stock and omit the garnish of cilantro if it’s not grown organically.

    4. What if I don’t have curry powder?

    You can substitute a pre-made curry blend for the curry powder. Just be sure to check the ingredients list and adjust the amount of red pepper flakes (if using) accordingly, as some curry blends can be quite spicy.

    5. Can I freeze this curry?