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Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice

This Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice is easy to make, 100% vegan and vegetarian, and loaded with delicious crispy pan-fried tofu! It packs a punch with bold flavors from Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce, and is also easily customizable with your favorite veggies. This is one back pocket fried rice that all spicy fried rice lovers NEED to try!

Overhead view of a white serving bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice and garnished with chopped spring onion on a brown oriental mat background. The bowl is partly cut off on the right side of the photo.

Do you have a favorite fried rice recipe?

If not, meet the most EPIC spicy fried rice ever! Trust me, you are going to want to bookmark this one!

This delicious Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice is one of my all-time favorite weeknight dinners, and I’ve been making it for two+ years now. It’s super easy to make, and also completely vegetarian and vegan. And I can honestly say it’s one of the BEST fried rices I’ve eaten in all my twenty-something years!

Front view of a white serving bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice and garnished with chopped spring onion on a brown oriental mat background.

I woke up one morning with a mad desire for spicy fried rice, and I just knew all h*ll would break loose if I didn’t satisfy my craving that day. Does this happen to you guys as well!?

You know, you wake up one morning with an overwhelming desire to eat something specific, and you JUST need get whatever that is on that SAME day. Or else you’ll really go nuts, and simply be unproductive the entire day cause you’re too busy daydreaming and mind-drooling over something totally DELICIOUS? 😳

Overhead view of a black and brown shallow bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice, garnished with chopped spring onion greens. To the left of the bowl is a silver spoon and to the right of the bowl is a pair of crossed black chopsticks. In the back is a white serving bowl with the Crispy Tofu Fried Rice. To the left is another black and brown shallow bowl filled with the fried rice.

It might just be me that goes that nuts over food. 🙄 But anyways, I got on good ol’ Google on that fine day to find some inspiration to make that special spicy fried rice I so badly wanted and needed. And boy, did I find some inspiration on the webosphere!

This recipe is a spin on Seonkyoung Longest’s Devil’s Fried Rice (Ultimate Spicy Fried Rice), which I came across about 3 years ago. I instantly started drooling in front of the screen as I scrolled down and gazed at the gorgeous photos of her mouthwatering spicy fried rice.

A black and brown shallow bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice, garnished with chopped spring onion greens. To the left of the bowl is a silver spoon and to the right of the bowl is a pair of black chopsticks. In the back is a white serving bowl with the Crispy Tofu Fried Rice. To the left is another black and brown shallow bowl filled with the fried rice.

I initially adapted her recipe and made a non-veg version too. But the one I am sharing today is 100% vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarians, vegans, and spicy fried rice lovers rejoice!

Truth be told, I love it more than my meat version and make it twice as often. Like every two weeks often. And nope, I’m not even remotely close to becoming sick of it because it’s utterly droolworthy and tasty! The killer spicy notes from the sauce, and the salt and pepper seasoned tofu cubes with their crispy on the outside texture and soft insides are YUUUHHH-MMYY! 🤤 I literally have to restrain myself from eating them ALL straight from the pan before I make the fried rice!

A black nonstick frying pan with pan-fried crispy salt and pepper coated tofu cubes.

Aside from those delicious magic tofu cubes, this fried rice is super spectacular because of the wicked spicy sauce! ♡

WHAT’S IN THE SPICY SAUCE?

I’m glad you asked! It’s made with a combination of four sauces:

These four combined together make one helluva sauce! And once the sauce is tossed with the rice, aromatics, veggies, and those divine tofu cubes, you’ve got yourself a bowl of crazy-deliciousness in just 30 minutes (minus the prep time)!

A black and brown shallow bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice that is garnished with chopped spring onion greens on top of brown oriental mat background. A pair of black chopsticks with gold top parts are diagonally placed on top of the side of the bowl. To the right and back is another bowl of the Crispy Tofu Fried Rice that is half cut off from the photo.

CAN I CUSTOMIZE THIS FRIED RICE TO MY TASTE?

What I love about fried rice in general is that it’s flexible and easily adaptable to anyone’s taste. You can swap proteins (but we’re not going to because we have magical crispy tofu cubes 😍) and veggies easily. And you can also tinker around with the sauce until the spice level is just perfect for you.

I went with carrots, celery, and fresh mung bean sprouts because the combination just felt right that day, and I happened to have them on hand. But if you like, you can add other fried rice friendly veggies like peas, diced red, green, or yellow bell peppers, green leafy Chinese vegetables like bok choy or choy sum, etc. Maybe even throw some broccoli in there!

Although this fried rice does involve a bit of prep work with chopping up all the aromatics and veggies, you can chop them all a day in advance to save time. Or if you prefer, buy a bag of mixed frozen veggies (corn, peas, carrots, or another combo) at the supermarket and use them instead.

CAN I MAKE THIS FRIED RICE GLUTEN-FREE?

You definitely can! The only sauce that isn’t naturally gluten-free in this recipe is the light soy sauce. Sriracha sauce, Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce, and most Chili Garlic sauces available on the market are all naturally gluten-free.

If you need to make this gluten-free, you can swap the Light Soy Sauce for Tamari. Also, double check that the Chili Garlic Sauce you are using is GF certified. I recommend using Huy Fong’s Chili Garlic Sauce because it tastes really great and is also naturally gluten-free.

CAN I MAKE THIS FOR MEAL PREP?

This fried rice is also great for meal prep if you need a few days of lunches sorted. It’s perfect since it has your protein, carbs, and veggies all in one and makes a filling meal!

A black and brown shallow bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice, garnished with chopped spring onion greens. A pair of black chopsticks are diagonally placed on top of the side of the bowl.

I personally love it as a weeknight dinner because I can cook it in minimal time, and not have to fret about tons of washing and cleaning up to do afterwards! But you can also totally serve this up as a side with your main if you like.

My mantra for fried rice is anything and everything rolls. 😎

A black and brown shallow bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice, garnished with chopped spring onion greens. To the right of the bowl is a pair of black chopsticks. In the back is a white serving bowl with the Crispy Tofu Fried Rice. To the left is another black and brown shallow bowl filled with the fried rice.

And if you’re a garlic fiend like me, go BIG and make this tofu fried rice taste garlicky and spicy amazing! Mwaahh!

Enjoy my fellow spicy fried rice lovers! 🤗

A silver spoon of Crispy Tofu Fried Rice being held above a black and brown shallow bowl filled with the fried rice. To the right side is a pair of black chopsticks with gold tips, and at the back is a white serving bowl with the Crispy Tofu Fried Rice. To the left is another black and brown shallow bowl filled with the fried rice.

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Long Pin - Top Photo: A silver spoon of Crispy Tofu Fried Rice being held above a black and brown shallow bowl filled with the fried rice. To the right side is a pair of black chopsticks with gold tips, and left back side is another bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice. Bottom Photo: Overhead view of a black and brown shallow bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice, garnished with chopped spring onion greens. To the left of the bowl is a silver spoon and to the right of the bowl is a pair of crossed black chopsticks.
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Overhead view of a white serving bowl filled with Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice and garnished with chopped spring onion on a brown oriental mat background. The bowl is partly cut off on the right side of the photo.

Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice

This Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice is easy to make, 100% vegan and vegetarian, and loaded with delicious crispy pan-fried tofu! It packs a punch with bold flavors from Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp Sauce, and is also easily customizable with your favorite veggies. This is one back pocket fried rice that all spicy fried rice lovers NEED to try!

  • Author: Lavina
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 46 1x
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Ingredients

  • 14 Garlic cloves – minced
  • 2 TBLS Ginger (about 1.5″ chunk) – minced
  • 1022 Fresh Red Chilies, to taste and deseeded depending on your desired heat level – chopped
  • 1 Celery stalk – minced
  • ½ Carrot (medium sized) – minced
  • ½ Yellow Onion – minced
  • 3 Spring Onions (Scallions) – chopped, whites & greens separated (reserve 1/3 of the greens for garnish)
  • 2 large handfuls (about 2 cups) Mung Bean Sprouts – rinsed and drained
  • 5.5 TBLS Chili Garlic Sauce (I use Huy Fong’s Chili Garlic Sauce, but any other brand that you prefer will work)
  • 2.5 TSP Sriracha Sauce (Huy Fong’s)
  • 3 TBLS Light Soy Sauce (I use Healthy Boy’s. Use Tamari for gluten free.)
  • 6 TBLS Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp sauce, to taste (preferred, but can be substituted with another Chinese chili oil with flakes)
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Coarse ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 67 grinds (about ¾ TSP) Ground White Pepper, to taste
  • 3.5 TBLS Peanut Oil (or any other cooking oil, I recommend one with a high burning point)
  • 2 TSP Chili Oil
  • 2 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 5 cups rice, cooked (Day old rice preferred, but if you don’t have any just cook in less water than you normally would and leave uncovered in a large shallow dish to dry.)
  • 1 pack (345-400g block) firm Tofu – drained, pat dried, and cut into small cubes

To Serve:

  • Remainder 1/3 of the spring onion greens
  • A drizzle of chili oil (optional)

Instructions

Prep:

  1. Sauce Bowl: Combine light soy sauce, Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Crisp sauce, and Chili Garlic Sauce in a medium sized bowl. Mix and set aside.
  2. Fresh Ingredients: Chop the garlic, ginger, fresh red chilies, celery, carrot, onion and spring onions (whites & greens separated) and set aside.
  3. Tofu: Drain the tofu pack and pat dry the block with paper towels. Gently squeeze out the excess water, then chop into ½” thick cubes.

For the Crispy Tofu:

  1. In a large nonstick fry pan, heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil. Once the oil is hot, add the tofu cubes. Allow to cook for at least 1 minute without touching them. Then, gently shake the pan by the handle to make the tofu shift position. You’ll see that the bottom will have browned slightly. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste, and use a spatula to flip the tofu. Brown the tofu cubes on all sides – about 10-12 minutes. Set aside (you can leave them in the pan and add them directly to the wok of fried rice).

For the Crispy Tofu Spicy Fried Rice:

  1. In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil, 2 TSP chili oil, and 2 TSP sesame oil. Once heated, add the onions and spring onion whites and cook until the onions are translucent – about a minute.
  2. Add the minced celery and carrot and stir-fry until they have softened slightly – about another minute.
  3. Add the ginger, fresh red chilies, and garlic. Stir-fry until fragrant for 1-2 minutes. Season with a little black pepper and white pepper to taste and continue stir-frying.
  4. Add the cooked rice and pour the sauce all over it. Continue stir-frying for 4-5 minutes to combine, breaking the clumps of rice as you go with your spatula.
  5. Once everything is coated in the sauce, add the bean sprouts and top with 1 TBLS Spicy Chili Crisp (optional). Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until they have slightly softened and combined with the rice . Season with more black pepper and white pepper to taste and continue stir-frying.
  6. Add the crispy tofu and and continue stir-frying until everything in the wok is  combined – about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle 2/3 of the spring onion greens over the rice and give everything a good stir until they are well distributed. Cook for 2-3 more minutes, then turn off the heat and transfer to a dish (or bowls).
  8. To Serve: Garnish with the remainder spring onion greens and serve with more chili oil on the side if desired.

Notes

  1. This fried rice will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. So this is a great recipe for all my meal prep aficionados out there! 😉
  2. Feel free to customize the veggies and add your favorites! Some fried rice friendly veggies suggestions I have are peas, diced bell peppers, green leafy Chinese vegetables like bok choy or choy sum, and broccoli. But don’t feel limited to just these veggies! Get creative and/or just use what you have on hand! 😊
  3. Recipe inspired by Seonkyoung Longest.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 medium bowl
  • Calories: 676
  • Sugar: 7.9g
  • Sodium: 877.1mg
  • Fat: 20.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 105.3g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 18.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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