Perfect Salt & Pepper Tofu

Hi there!
Hope you are all well and happy.

Today, I would like to share with you one of my hubby’s favourite dishes. It’s not only the perfect dish for tofu-lovers; it’s also a great way to adjust to tofu if it is a new food for you. This dish is sure to make everyone happy and will also surprise those who don’t usually like tofu!

Today we are making this tasty and savoury, crispy yet light SALT & PEPPER TOFU! It’s super easy, yummy and somehow less oily than standard tofu dishes.

Check out this tutorial of Salt and Pepper Tofu that I did for No Meat May this year, if you are more of a visual person and want some visual but easy-to-follow instructions! Otherwise, check out the typed recipe below.


Serves 4

  • 600g silken firm or firm tofu
  • Neutral-flavoured oil for frying

Flour mixture

  • 1 TBSP black and white peppercorn
  • 1 TBSP sea salt
  • 2 TBSP whole meal flour
  • 2 TBSP corn flour


  • Coriander
  • Red chilli
  • Lime


  1. Drain the tofu lightly by placing chopping board on top for 10 to 20mins (this will release excess water and improve the texture).
  2. Pound the peppercorns with salt in a mortar and pestle or place pepper and salt in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  3. Add the whole meal and corn flour and mix very well.  (If you don’t mix well in this stage, your tofu won’t have an even taste. Some parts will be salty, some parts are tasteless).
  4. Toss tofu lightly in a flour mixture and shake away excess.  Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. When oil is hot, deep fry tofu, a few pieces at a time, until it is golden. Drain tofu on absorbent paper to reduce the oiliness.

To serve, place tofu in serving plate with chopped chilli, coriander and lime. Serve immediately.


  • For a gluten free version: instead of wholemeal flour, swap with corn flour or potato flour.  They are both very nice (I actually like a mixture of potato and rice flour the best)!
  • You can simply use black pepper corn only but personally I like to use a mix of several types of peppercorns for maximum peppery-flavour. You can purchase mixed peppercorns at most shops or supermarkets.

Let me know if you try this Salt & Pepper Tofu recipe and what everyone thinks about it!

Feel free to upload it to social media (Instagram, FB, etc.) and tag #cookingwithyoshiko – I’d love to see your tofu masterpieces!

Happy and healthy cooking,

Yoshiko XX

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