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One-Pan Tofu Coconut Curry

Wonderfully spiced with a mild curry flavour, this tofu coconut curry is a quick, easy, and delicious vegan meal made in one pan.

One-Pan Tofu Coconut Curry

Today’s recipe is tasty, colourful, and hearty! It’s an easy-to-make Tofu Coconut Curry all made in one-pan and ready in 30 minutes.

The creamy, golden coconut milk and tomato-based sauce is deliciously spiced with curry powder, turmeric, cumin (and of course salt and pepper) along with fresh pungent garlic and ginger.

It’s mild and not very spicy (unless your curry powder blend is spicy), which is great to serve the whole family!

The tofu sucks up the curry flavours as well as adding protein and texture to the dish. I like to use extra-firm tofu so it holds its shape when mixed into the curry.

The addition of tasty sweet bell peppers, onions, green spinach, and fresh cilantro gives this curry additional bulk and nutrition too.

Serve this curry along with rice to make it one filling meal. I like to use a brown basmati rice.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

How do you make this tasty and easy tofu recipe?

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions available in the recipe card down below)

In a large sauté pan or skillet (I used a 12-inch skillet) at medium-high heat, add vegetable oil, then sauté the onions and peppers with salt and pepper, until the onions start to brown.

Stir in the garlic, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, and cumin until fragrant, around one or two minutes.

Reduce to low heat. Stir in the coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste until uniform. Add the tofu and toss to coat with the sauce.

Bring the curry to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Then stir in the spinach, lime zest, and lime juice, until the spinach wilts.

Taste for additional salt and pepper and top with fresh cilantro. Scoop over bowls of rice and enjoy!

Love one pan/pot/sheet pan meals? Take a look at these four recipes!

Creamy tofu coconut curry with brown rice in a white bowl.

To sum up, this One-Pan Tofu Coconut Curry is:

  • Delicious and flavourful: The curry sauce is creamy and wonderfully spiced. It goes perfectly with the tender tofu bites and the colourful vegetables in this recipe.
  • Hearty and filling: It makes a generous amount of curry that’s will fill you up and warm you from within.
  • Quick and easy to make: It takes only 30 minutes to make and has a few simple instructions to follow.
  • Vegan and gluten-free too: Tofu is naturally gluten-free, but make sure it’s labelled as such when choosing the brand if this is important to you.
Delicious tofu coconut curry with fresh cilantro on top of brown rice in a white bowl.

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Overhead view of creamy and colourful tofu coconut curry in a large white skillet.

One Pan Tofu Coconut Curry

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Wonderfully spiced with a mild curry flavour, this tofu coconut curry is a quick, easy, and delicious vegan meal made in one pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow (or white) onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 400 ml (14 fl. oz.) canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 454 g extra firm plain tofu, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Serve with cooked rice.

Instructions

  1. In a large sauté pan or skillet (I use a 12-inch skillet) at medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil, onion, bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the onions begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add in the garlic, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, and cumin and stir for another minute or two, until fragrant.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste until well-incorporated. Add the tofu and gently stir to coat with the sauce.
  4. Bring the curry to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the spinach, lime zest, and lime juice, until the spinach wilts. Taste for additional salt and pepper. Top with fresh cilantro and serve over rice. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information is based on one serving for a total of six servings excluding rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g

Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.

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Anna Flo

Monday 18th of April 2022

Can I use regular coconut milk from the carton I don’t have canned coconut milk? Has anyone tried that?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Monday 18th of April 2022

Hi Anna! I haven't tried using carton coconut milk, but I believe that it will change overall consistency (the sauce will be less creamy) and flavour (it won't have a strong coconut flavour) of the curry.

Deven

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Awesome recipe! I added a tbsp red curry paste for some heat and a couple tbsp soy sauce for saltiness.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Sounds delicious! Thanks Deven!

Matt

Sunday 6th of February 2022

Made it, the recipe is great. What's a good way to add some heat?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Thanks Matt! You can add some red curry paste or red chiles for extra heat.

Mary

Monday 27th of December 2021

We did like it, added chilli flakes and cumin, don’t like cilantro but feel something is missing, perhaps a dash of sugar to enhance coconut flavour? Any thoughts on this?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Monday 3rd of January 2022

It's tough to answer this question, Mary. I always start with more seasoning (especially salt) first. A little more salt can really enhance the overall flavours of the dish.

YannisB

Thursday 9th of September 2021

tried that dish for first time at a fusion African cuisine restaurant in Santa Fe, NM_ then stumbled upon your recipe; soo gooddd!! thanks for sharing_ Big Hug from Greece

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