Pan Fried Tofu in Black Bean Sauce [RECIPE]

“Mom, is there anymore of that fermented black bean tofu?”

Words I never thought I’d hear my 11 year old say. But it’s true. My daughter loves fermented black bean sauce. It’s healthy, filling, and delicious. Tofu often gets a bad rap from carnivores, but I’m not entirely sure why. I have always thought of tofu as a blank slate. You can fry it. Stew it. Deep fry it in batter or grill it. It’s forgiving and soaks up any flavors that you prefer. It can be paired with meat or vegetables. At $1.79 per block, it’s an economical choice compared to meat, and it’s environmentally friendly. I could go on and on about the health benefits of tofu compared to meat, but for now let’s focus on the food and the taste because that’s why we’re all here, right? 🙂

Black bean sauce. Oh, how tasty it is! I had to drop by my local Asian market to find this black bean sauce. Note: there are two kinds of black bean sauce. Sichuan black bean sauce is fermented but has red chiles in it. If you love a good kick of spice, choose this one. I chose fermented black bean sauce with garlic to keep things more mild and sweet.


Another thing that I love about this recipe is that a little bit of sauce goes a long way in your wok. Just three tablespoons of this sauce was enough to coat the tofu as I pan-seared it in my wok. So you will surely have leftover sauce to keep in the fridge for future use. (I recommend using it in black bean noodles or throwing some green beans in your wok and tossing it through this sauce to make the perfect side dish!). This tofu dish is light, yet filling and tasty. But don’t take my word for it. Go try it out for yourself! 😉 I hope you all have a wonderful Fri-YAY! Stay tuned for more recipes, and as always, keep on cooking! ❤


Pan Fried Tofu in Black Bean Sauce

Courtesy of: China Sichuan Food 

Serves: 4


  • 1 box firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp. fermented black beans or black bean sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 small bunch of green onions


  1. Cut tofu into 2 cm thick slices.

  2. Prepare a non-stick pan, pour in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, place the tofu slices in. And fry tofu until crispy one one side and then slow down the fire and fry the other side until crispy and golden brown too.

  3. Transfer tofu out and leave the oil in. Place garlic and chopped fermented black beans or black bean sauce in and fry for 10 seconds over medium to low fire until aromatic.

  4. Place tofu, light soy sauce, stock or water  and green onions. Fry and toss until each piece is well coated.

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