This Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Cauliflower Rice has a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce over crispy tofu and roasted cauliflower rice.
This Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Cauliflower Rice is one of my favorite ways to eat tofu. The tofu is really crispy, and the sauce is sweet and savory - just what you would expect from a teriyaki sauce.
I love to eat it with cauliflower rice so I am eating more veggies and less carbs than I would with regular rice.
If you have ever had tofu at an Asian restaurant, you may have fallen in love with their crispy tofu. I assume that they deep fry it because it is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Since I don't eat a lot of deep-fried foods, it is a special treat to order it.
This crispy teriyaki tofu tastes like restaurant-style tofu without deep frying it. I used corn starch to achieve the texture that I wanted, which works quite well.
Other recipes to try are my Vegan Spaghetti Squash with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, Lentil and mushroom Shepherd's Pie, and my Easy Tofu Meatballs with Asian Sauce.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- It is sweet and savory.
- It is healthy and satisfying.
- The tofu is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside like you would get at a restaurant.
- Cauliflower: I used fresh cauliflower that I made into rice in the food processor. You could also use store-bought frozen riced cauliflower or regular rice.
- Olive oil: For cooking the cauliflower rice.
- Salt and pepper: Enhances flavors and adds flavor. I like to use sea salt.
- Extra firm tofu: I used extra firm tofu packed in water found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. You could also use firm tofu.
- Cornstarch: For coating the tofu to make it crispy.
- Vegetable oil: For frying the tofu.
- Tamari: I used gluten-free low-sodium tamari because I like to control the amount of sodium. You could also use soy sauce, liquid aminos, or coconut aminos.
- Mirin: Adds a sweet tangy flavor. You could use rice vinegar with extra brown sugar instead.
- Brown sugar: Adds sweetness. You could also use maple syrup.
- Garlic: Adds a pungent flavor.
- Ginger: Adds a spicy flavor.
- Cornstarch: Thickens the teriyaki sauce.
- Green onion: For garnish. You could also use sesame seeds or cilantro.
To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
📖 Variations / Additions
- Red pepper
- Snow peas
- Bok choy
- Brown or white rice
- Rice noodles
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Step 1: Put cauliflower into a food processor. Pulse until you get a rice consistency.
Step 2: Spread cauliflower rice on a baking sheet. Cook about 10 minutes, toss, and cook another 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Drain and press tofu. Dredge tofu in corn starch.
Step 4: Heat vegetable oil in a skillet. Place coated tofu in a pan and cook on both sides until crispy.
Step 5: In a saucepan combine all ingredients except cornstarch and water. Cook until the brown sugar dissolves.
Step 6: In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Whisk out clumps.
Step 7: Add to the sauce. Cook until the sauce thickens.
Step 8: Serve over tofu and cauliflower rice.
Can I Cook The Cauliflower Rice on The Stove?
Yes! You can definitely cook the cauliflower rice on the stove instead. I love the taste of roasted cauliflower, which is why I cooked it that way.
To see how to cook cauliflower rice on the stove, see my recipe for Baked Tofu Temaki Sushi with Cauliflower Rice. To adjust the cauliflower rice for this recipe, you'll double the amount of cauliflower and omit the brown rice vinegar, sugar, and tamari.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
Cauliflower rice is raw cauliflower that has been chopped into small pieces that are the same size as rice. Cauliflower rice can be made in a food process or grated by hand.
This gluten-free teriyaki sauce is made with tamari, mirin, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, cornstarch, and water.
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Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Cauliflower Rice
- 1 head cauliflower broken into large pieces (4 cups after being riced)
- drizzle of olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Put cauliflower in food processor. Pulse until you get a rice consistency. Spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper on top. Cook at 450°F for 10 minutes. Stir and cook another 5-10 minutes or until tender.
- Slice drained and pressed tofu into cubes or triangles. Dredge in corn starch - twice if you want a really crispy exterior. Heat enough vegetable oil in a pan to cover pan. Add tofu. Cook on both sides until crispy and browned.
- In a saucepan combine tamari, mirin, brown sugar, garlic, white and light green parts of green onion. Cook over medium high heat until sugar dissolves. In a bowl, dissolve corn starch in water. Add to pan with teriyaki sauce ingredients. Simmer until thickened.
- Serve over crispy tofu and cauliflower rice. Top with dark green parts of green onion.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.