red curry tofu with spinach & peanuts


  • 1 lb extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (ex: Three Crabs brand), or 3 Tbsp mushroom soy sauce for vegan
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 small onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • A scant 1/2 cup Thai red curry paste (ex: Mae Ploy brand)
  • 1 13-oz can coconut milk
  • 4 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, for garnish

Drain the tofu, then cut into 1/2-inch dice. Set aside. In a small glass measuring cup or bowl, stir together the lime juice, brown sugar and fish sauce, until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.

In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and red pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the curry paste, and stir for 30 seconds to release some of the fragrance. Pour in the coconut milk. Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring to incorporate the curry paste, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the fish sauce mixture. Reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens a bit.

Stir in the spinach, mushrooms and tofu. Stir gently, and cook for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked through. Transfer the curry to a serving bowl, and top with chopped peanuts. Serve with steamed long-grain white rice or basmati rice. Serves 4-6.

Source: Food Gawker


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