Vegan Butter Spice Tofu ★★★★★1 review

For a simple dish that is comforting and decadent, try this Vegan Butter Spice Tofu (gluten-free). Made with rich coconut milk and warming spices, it'll leave you wanting more! Recipe by Vancouver with Love.


  • 350 g block of medium or firm tofu
  • 1/2 Tbsp oil
  • Salt, pepper, to taste

For Sauce

  • 3 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 heaped tsp turmeric
  • 1 heaped tsp coriander powder
  • 4 tsp garam masala
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (very important to use full fat!)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid amino seasoning
  • Salt, pepper – to taste
  • Extra chopped fresh coriander and rice, to serve


  1. Preheat your oven’s grill/broiler. Cut the tofu into roughly 1½-2cm cubes.
  2. Place the tofu in an oven-proof dish, and add ½ tbsp oil. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss the tofu in the pan to ensure it’s well-coated.
  3. Grill/broil in the oven for 12-14 minutes until it is golden brown, then flip the tofu over, and re-season with salt and pepper. Grill for 8-10 minutes more until golden but not dried out, then remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. While the tofu is grilling, prepare the sauce. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan on a medium/low heat, and gently sauté the garlic and ginger in it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the spices and stir for another minute.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and soy sauce (or Bragg’s) to the pan, bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat.
  7. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mixture starts to stick, turn the heat down a little and add some more coconut milk or water.
  8. Add the grilled tofu to the sauce and simmer the mixture for a further 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  9. Serve with brown rice, quinoa or millet and garnish each plate with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

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Guest Blogger Elizabeth Emery – Vancouver With Love

Food for me is a passion. I find it strange when people comment on the restrictions of a plant-based diet, because to me there is huge variety in it. In fact, I’m probably more adventurous with food now than I was before I turned vegan. I love colour and vitality in my recipes as well as simplicity and elegance. See all recipes by Elizabeth

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  • rachel ★★★★★
    29 April 2020

    excellent curry, I really enjoyed making this and eating it! only issue I had was I was unable to get tofu (none available at present with the corona virus) so I used chickpeas instead, supper tasty and will be making this again