Sweet and sticky tofu with three sauces

Sweet Sticky Tofu

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 to 3
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 1 cake firm tofu
  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce for strict vegetarians, there arevegetarian oyster sauces
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • Cut the tofu into 1-1/2 inch squares.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick wok or frying pan until it starts to smoke. Add the tofu to the hot oil making sure, as much as possible, that every piece touches the oiled bottom of the wok. Do not stir during the first minute or two. Then, stir. Continue cooking over high heat, stirring very frequently, until all sides form a light brown crust. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Pour off all the oil that remains in the wok or frying pan. Turn the heat down to medium. Add the garlic and lightly fry until fragrant, about a minute. Pour in the sauces and the cilantro, and stir to combine. Add the cooked tofu and cook, stirring constantly, until the tofu cubes are evenly coated with the combined sauces.
  • Now, here’s the trick during the last part of cooking when you mix the tofu with the sauces. If the temperature is too hot, the sugars will burn. If the temperature is too low, you’ll get soggy tofu. But if the temperature is just right, the sugars in the sauces will caramelize and form a sweet-sticky-crisp coating on the tofu cubes. That makes the sweet sticky tofu simply perfect. Enjoy it with rice or with nothing else, it’s delicious every which way.