Pan Fried Tofu with Snowpeas

This dish is a great main course for vegans and vegetarians. But you don’t have to forswear animal products to enjoy this simple recipe. Best of all this dish is open to interpretation. So if you have some fresh sugar snap peas or lack lemon grass feel free to improvise. You can’t go wrong.


  • Firm Tofu (1 package)
  • Snow Peas, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Red chili, minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Finger of fresh ginger, minced or zested
  • Lemon grass, 1 stalk peeled and minced (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Bowl
  • Large frying pan or skillet


  1. Drain tofu and cut into 1 inch squares. Place in a bowl.
  2. Mix the juice of ½ of the lemon with an equal amount of olive oil and poor over the tofu. Set aside for at least ½ hour to allow the flavor to absorb.
  3. In the frying pan season a healthy pour of olive oil with the crushed garlic over a medium heat. Remove the garlic when it begins to brown.
  4. Add the tofu to the pan and crisp on all sides (about 8-10 minutes)
  5. Add ginger, chili, lemon grass, and snowpeas. Cook briefly (1-3 minutes.)
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

What you should know

Lime can be substituted to lemon. Sweet meyer lemons are my personal favorite.

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Re: Pan Fried Tofu with Lemon, Chili & Snowpeas

Lemon grass can be tough to mince. Have you got any tricks or do you just use a good knife and some muscle? Also, sometimes I find it quite woody. Could you cut into large pieces and then remove before serving or would you be missing out on the texture and flavour provided by leaving them in?

I have to say, this recipe looks like a winner. I came to tofu late but now love it. This will be a wonderful addition to my small repertoire of tofu recipes.

Re: Pan Fried Tofu with Lemon, Chili & Snowpeas

I peel the outside layer of the lemon grass and then use a good sharp knife and some good old-fashioned muscle power. But if I owned a good mini-prep, I would use that instead.

Tofu is indeed a wonderful ingredient as it absorbs flavors and gives the cook tremendous possibilities.

Re: Pan Fried Tofu with Lemon, Chili & Snowpeas

Lemongrass can be stored in the freezer for several months and is easier to chop while frozen.

Re: Pan Fried Tofu with Lemon, Chili & Snowpeas