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One-Pan Tofu Coconut Curry

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!

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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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Glenna

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Beautiful curry, but turned out very bland. I tried adding some extra salt, curry powder, and sriracha, which helped some!

Jacob Andersson

Thursday 18th of February 2021

This turned out amazing! Added other veggies I had in the fridge but I think the coconut milk + lime zest and juice are the real star players here

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 19th of February 2021

Thank you Jacob! So happy to hear! I love the bright flavour that the lime adds!

Andrea

Sunday 14th of February 2021

This recipe is simply AWESOME! I used vindaloo curry powder instead of simply curry... You should try it!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Sunday 14th of February 2021

Thanks Andrea! The vindaloo curry must've given this recipe a spicy kick!

mom in spokane

Friday 5th of February 2021

This was SO good. I cooked the tofu first, used spicy curry powder and added garam masala and a bit of Serrano pepper.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

The additions sound delicious! Thank you for trying out my recipe!

Jessica D

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

LOVED IT!!! Wish I would have doubled it. I air fried the tofu a little as I don't love the soft texture. I also added a dash of chili flake for heat. Otherwise, this is utterly perfect.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Thanks for the wonderful review, Jessica!

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