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Spicy Tofu Sisig: A Vibrant Vegetarian Delight

Are you tired of the same old recipes and looking for something new and exciting to spice up your meals? Why not take a culinary trip to the Philippines and try their delicious Spicy Tofu Sisig? A fresh, bold, and vegetarian take on the classic Filipino sisig, this recipe is set to make your taste buds dance with delight.

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What is Spicy Tofu Sisig?

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First, let’s delve into the origins of this mouthwatering dish. Sisig is a popular Filipino appetizer traditionally made with chopped pig’s face and liver, often served on a sizzling hot plate. However, our version gives it a healthy and exciting twist using tofu as the main ingredient. This vegetarian tofu sisig is an explosion of bold flavors, which is creamy, spicy, and downright delicious.

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Creamy and Spicy All At Once

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Imagine a dish that marries the soft, creamy texture of tofu with a kick of chili that teases your palate – that’s the charm of spicy tofu sisig. The tofu sisig’s creaminess comes from a special sauce mixture that is both silky and flavorful. Paired with the subtle heat from the chili, this vegetarian sisig creates a wonderful contrast of flavors that will leave you wanting more.

An Appetizer or Main Dish

With its versatile nature, this dish can be served either as a tantalizing appetizer to a hearty Filipino meal or as a delicious main dish with a bowl of steamed rice.

A Vegetarian Delight

This is a delight for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. The tofu sisig recipe here is vegetarian-friendly, containing no animal by-products. But it’s not just for vegetarians – even those who love their meat dishes have been known to be swayed by its unique combination of flavors.

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The Magic of Tofu in Sisig

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Tofu is the star ingredient in our spicy tofu sisig. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside – getting the texture right is essential for this recipe. The key to achieving this perfect texture is appropriately draining the tofu, cutting it into uniform cubes, and then frying it until it turns golden and crisp.

The Spiciness – Make It Your Own

Love a little heat in your food? Or would you prefer milder flavors? The great thing about this tofu sisig is that you can adjust the spiciness according to your preference. Add more or fewer chili peppers to get it just right.

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The Unforgettable Flavors of Spicy Tofu Sisig

The sauce mixture that envelopes the tofu cubes is where the magic happens. It’s a delightful blend of vegetable broth, light soy sauce, and other ingredients that create a harmony of flavors that is nothing short of unforgettable. That can rival even the most robust meat-based dishes. And the star of the show? Firm tofu, lightly browned to perfection, becomes the perfect canvas for our bold sisig flavors.

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Spicy Tofu Sisig: Tips and Alternatives


  • If you’re after a crisper texture for your tofu, try deep-frying instead of pan-frying.
  • Replace the mayonnaise in the sauce mixture with a vegan alternative for a vegan variant.


  • If tofu isn’t your thing, you can use other protein substitutes like tempeh or seitan.
  • A sprinkle of nutritional yeast can add a cheese-like flavor to your sisig.


Spicy Tofu Sisig

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Course: Main, AppetizersCuisine: FilipinoDifficulty: Easy


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Spicy Tofu Sisig is a vegetarian delight with bold flavors. It’s perfect as an appetizer or a main dish, made with crispy tofu and a creamy-spicy sauce.

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  • 300 grams 300 grams Firm Tofu

  • 1 medium 1 medium Red Onion

  • 1 small 1 small Green Bell Pepper

  • 3 cloves 3 cloves Garlic

  • 3 pcs 3 pcs Green Chili

  • 1 tbsp 14.2 g Unsalted Butter

  • Cooking Oil

  • Sauce Mixture
  • 1/2 cup 112 g Mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp 14.79 ml Light Soy Sauce

  • Ground Black Pepper

  • Toppings
  • Spring Onion

  • Red Chili


  • Start by patting dry the firm tofu with a paper towel and cut into small cubes. The key to achieving crispy tofu is to drain it well.
  • Preheat a skillet over medium heat, add cooking oil, and pan-fry the tofu until golden brown and crisp.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate pan, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat.
  • Sauté the chopped red onion, green bell pepper, minced garlic, and sliced green chili until fragrant. This medley of aromatics sets the base for our spicy tofu sisig.
  • Mix mayonnaise, light soy sauce, and a pinch of ground black pepper for the sauce. This simple sauce mixture adds a creamy, savory twist to the dish, contrasting the spicy elements perfectly.
  • Combine the sautéed aromatics and sauce mixture with the crispy tofu. Stir until the tofu cubes are well-coated. You can adjust the spiciness of the dish at this stage. Remember, the level of heat is entirely up to your preference!
  • Once done, serve the Spicy Tofu Sisig on a preheated cast-iron skillet or sizzling platter.
  • Top with spring onions and red chili for that extra punch. Voila! Your vegetarian Spicy Tofu Sisig is ready to impress!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I keep the tofu crispy for longer?

    To keep tofu crispy, try not to sauce until before serving. Also, use firm tofu, which holds up better when cooked, and drain it properly before frying.

  • What can I pair with Spicy Tofu Sisig?

    Spicy Tofu Sisig can be paired with steamed rice or enjoyed as a main dish alongside other Filipino dishes. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or wraps for a fusion-style meal.

  • Is this dish gluten-free?

    The dish can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free soy sauce. Other ingredients in the recipe are naturally gluten-free. However, always double-check the labels to make sure.

  • I don’t have a cast-iron skillet. Can I still make this dish?

    Yes, a cast-iron skillet is recommended for serving to recreate that ‘sizzling’ effect common in restaurants, but it’s not necessary for cooking the dish. You can use any skillet or pan you have on hand.

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