Spicy Asian Noodles with Seared Tofu

Spicy Asian Noodles with Tofu


Having the kids cook a dinner has been wonderful! They have made so much progress and have learned a lot. I sat down with my son the other day to find out what he had planned. He hadn’t decided. He usually picks something I make in our normal rotation.

Trying to get him to step out of his comfit zone, I suggested he look though his sister’s cookbook for ideas. He sat down, thumbed through the book, closed it, and said he needs something more sophisticated.

Umm, okay. Silly kid πŸ˜€

Spicy Asian Noodles

I handed him a couple of my newest food magazines and said, “have a look at these, maybe you’ll see something you like.” Β Right away, he asks, “what does tofu taste like?”

I’m super surprised he’d even consider tofu. He and his dad are my meat eaters and normally give me a hard time when I want to serve a vegetarian meal.

I say, “Tofu is really great! It takes on the flavor of whatever ingredient you add.”

He thinks about it for a second and says I found a recipe…Spicy Asian Noodles.


 tofu and rice noodles

I read the recipe and it is pretty easy and “more sophisticated” like he wanted. πŸ˜€

He made it and it was delicious! Matter of fact, it was so good that I decided to make it again. Only this time, I made changes πŸ˜€



Spicy Asian Noodles


Oh my goodness, this is absolutely amazing! My version isΒ so easy and is a bit spicier.

Not crazy spicy, but the kind of spicy where you take a bite and taste great flavors, then after you swallow you get the heat.


This is super quick cooking meal, so have everything ready before you get started. There really is much prep aside from making the sauce and cutting up the tofu. πŸ˜€ Β Gotta love that, right?!

Spicy Asian Noodles...seared tofu and rice noodles coated in a delicious savory sauce  | Pick Fresh Foods

I love the tofu in this dish. It is browned on all sides, so it has a good bite to it.

Nutritionally, tofu is a great source of protein and fiber. I also love that it is a great source of calcium, which is needed for good bone health.

Soymilk is used to make tofu. It’s kind of the same method as when you make cheese. So, the curd is what we call tofu. That is why it is also called bean curd.
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Spicy Asian Noodles

This Spicy Asian Noodle dish is sophisticated and flavorful. The delicious spicy sauce coats the noodles and veggies, and the fresh lime juice gives it a nice zesty bite.



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Spicy Asian Noodles with Seared Tofu
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  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 7 oz extra firm tofu, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups tri-color coleslaw
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 7 oz rice noodles
For Sauce
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • ½ fresh lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  1. Prepare sauce by combining soy, sriracha sauce, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar with a whisk; set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for noodles. Add noodles and boil for 6-8 minutes. Do not drain.
  3. Season tofu with black pepper. Toss to coat all sides.
  4. In a large skillet heat 1 tsp of oil over medium heat. Add tofu to pan and sautΓ© until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add cabbage and green onions to the tofu; sautΓ© for 2 minutes.
  6. Add hot noodles from pot using a spaghetti spoon or tongs to the vegetables and tofu.
  7. Pour sauce over the noodles. Toss to coat noodles and vegetables with the sauce; cook for 1 minute.
  8. Serve warm with a lime wedge.
When preparing the noodles time them so they are ready a minute or two after the tofu.

Adapted from Fine Cooking





  1. What kind of noodles do you use? Type and brand, please. This dish is just beautiful and we all love tofu in my home, especially my 11 month old daughter.

    • Wow, that is awesome! My son loved it so much he keeps asking to have it again. I like to use Thai Kitchen Stir-fry Rice noodles. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I’m impressed with your son! Definitely not a dish I would pick out if I were his age since I was a little more picky back then, so good for him! These noodles look delicious, Cindy! I like that it’s not too spicy. And the seared tofu sounds incredible!

    • Thanks Gayle. I was seriously surprised. His taste buds are really maturing. πŸ˜€ I’m glad he picked that recipe. This dish is delicious!

  3. Yay, so glad your kiddos are having a great time in the kitchen so far :) That’s awesome that your son stepped out of his comfort zone too because I love these noodles! It looks delicious with the seared tofu and would definitely be a hit at our house :)

    • Thanks Kelly! I’m happy he chose tofu. My husband and I love it, but the kids have been slow to jump on board. Now we can add one more to the list of tofu lovers πŸ˜€

  4. You rock. I haven’t mastered tofu in a way my family would love it, but this Asian twist plus the searing method – wow, so good!

    • Thanks Mary Frances πŸ˜€ The searing is wonderful. It really gives the tofu a firmer bite. My guys have texture issues so that really was key for us.

  5. I love that he picked this dish! It certainly looks like a great one! We loveee anything spicy in our house and asian noodles are always a hit!

    • He’s really proud of himself for choosing a good one. He did great! We love pretty much anything asian and the spicy sauce was a huge hit!

  6. Oooh yum! I’m putting up something similar soon, I love asian flavors and I’m obsessed with tofu :)

    • Great Medha! I can’t wait to see your recipe. We love rice noodles in so many different ways. This sauce is fantastic with them and the tofu πŸ˜€

  7. Very impressive that your son picked this to cook and it turned out good! I’m sure you were excited, plus you got a delicious recipe idea too!

    • I know! Not bad for a 16 yr old boy, right?! Before summer started he could barely make anything on his own. He use to be so picky and now he is so open to trying all kinds of foods.

  8. I just love this and the idea of using coleslaw…and I love that you made a version with a bit more spice. We all love tofu but my main use for it is beef with tofu so I need to mix it up. Btw, you give me such hope for the teenage years! Your kids (and you) should be proud. :)

    • The cole slaw mix made making this dish so easy. It adds a lot of great colors πŸ˜€
      Thanks Monica. These guys are always surprising me in good ways. I love how they are ready for a challenge πŸ˜€

  9. haha.. your kids are so cute. Love that he wanted to make something “sophisticated” :) This dish sounds absolutely amazing… love asian thai noodles the flavors are my favorite. Gorgeous pics too Cindy!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    • Isn’t that crazy. I’m not even sure he knows what sophisticated is, but I guess he knows what it taste like πŸ˜€ He definitely made a great choice. We love this dish πŸ˜€
      Thanks Krista!

  10. You can say you have your own personal chefs. :) these noodles look absolutely perfect especially with the Sriracha. Can’t wait to try.

    • I know, right πŸ˜€ There are definitely parts of the teen years that I do not enjoy, but this part is awesome!
      Thanks Kathy!

  11. I’m so impressed that your son went for this dish, and a sophisticated one at that! This looks delicious with that sriracha and lime! Pinning. :)

    • Thanks Marcie! I think he did a good job. I’m going to have him thumb through some more magazines. Haha I really like that he chose it on his own and is open minded. Now, I need to get my daughter on the same page πŸ˜€
      Thanks for Pinning, friend πŸ˜€

  12. Love noodles flavored with Asian spices! It makes a great lunch at work – can be eaten cold, without reheating! YUM!

    • Thanks Julia πŸ˜€ I’m a big fan of easy lunches that you don’t need to heat. I always take something cold, because I don’t like using the lounge microwave. Haha

  13. This is one of my favourite meals! What a perfect lunch idea :) Love it!

    • Thanks Lillian πŸ˜€ It has easily become one of most favorite meals. My guys saw my pictures and asked to have it again tomorrow. Haha

  14. I love that your son is so interested in cooking and is even open to tofu! I hope to be so lucky one day :)

    • Thanks Erin. He won’t super excited when we started at the beginning of the summer, but he has has come around and is enjoying it. He’s a good kid πŸ˜€

  15. I still need to step out of my comfort zone and make tofu from scratch. Love the dish your son chose :)

    • Oh my goodness, Tandy I was talking to my son about how tofu is made and he is all for making our own. I’m looking forward to trying it πŸ˜€

  16. Oooh Cindy, I love this! I’m impressed with your son’s choice – I know the meat lovers in my family may not have picked tofu as their night of choosing! :) On the other hand I love tofu, so bring it on! Especially when it’s spicy and served over these noodles. Yum!

    • Alyssa…as a crazy meat lover, I can’t believe he chose this for his meal! My husband was equally as surprised and loved it just as much as he did. Maybe now I can squeeze some more meatless meals into our repertoire πŸ˜€

  17. This makes me so happy, high 5 to your son on this dish! I love some spicy kick for dinner so I can’t wait to try these noodles!

    • Thanks Pamela πŸ˜€ hope you love these as much as we do! We can’t get enough of this dish. Actually crave it!!

  18. realfoodbydad says:

    Love that you have your son helping and interested in cooking with you. So important at a young age for good habits throughout life. This recipe sounds so good, love the flavoring and the tofu!!

    • Thanks Matt. Getting the kids cooking was something I just started and it has been wonderful. No complaining, they just are have fun with it πŸ˜€ I want them to know how to cook and care about what they eat. My son said he is spoiled because homemade foods taste so much better than packaged meals. That there makes this Nutritionist/Teacher Mom very happy πŸ˜€

  19. It’s awesome that you’re getting the kiddos involved in cooking. I also read that eating spicy foods helps you to feel satisfied more….helping you loose weight. Maybe that’s true? This looks so scrumptious and my husband is such a sucker for spice! Thanks for sharing as always. Pinning this one.

    • Thanks Laura. I hadn’t heard that before. I know it is suppose to help you lose weight because of the thermogenic effect. The heat increase the body temp and causes more calories to burn. I’ll have to look that up πŸ˜€
      Thankfully, this recipe is easy to customize the spiciness. You could easily make the sauce and put the sriracha on those they like the spice πŸ˜€

      You’re awesome! Thanks for pinning Laura.

  20. Love how simple this is, cindy, and that your son inspired it! :-)

  21. I can’t believe your son chose this for his meal! Great dish! I adore noodles flavored with Asian spices!

  22. spicedblog says:

    I’ll be honest, Cindy…tofu is just one of those things that I have the hardest time coming around to. But this meal looks amazing…I might have to break down and give that crazy tofu a shot!

    • You should try it like this David. When it is squishy I’m not too crazy for it. But, seared like this and with the sauce it is flavorful and is a lot firmer πŸ˜€

  23. That’s great that your son picked a dish with tofu! It does taste really yummy in a stir fry. These noodles look absolutely delicious!

  24. You son cracks me up! Sounds like a budding foodie! And I must say I am impressed he picked this recipe from the magazine! Quite adventurous! Your tweaks look superb! I love a tofu night especially when it involves lots of noodles! Yum!

    • He cracks me up too. He is pretty funny sometimes πŸ˜€ I was surprised he even went through the magazines. He’s a pleaser πŸ˜€
      Thanks Lindsey

  25. Your son sounds so sweet! I don’t think you could have gotten me to eat tofu as a kid. You would have had to trick me and tell me it’s chicken. This noodle dish sounds delicious!

    • Funny, I don’t think I would have eaten it as a kid either. Haha I’m excited to be able to add it into our weekly menus.

  26. This looks fabulous Cindy! I love that your son inspired it too. :)
    If tofu is done the right way, it can be so good. It looks like you really did it justice in this dish!

    • Thanks Sarah. You are so right. I think it makes a big difference on how you prepare the tofu, especially if you are new to eating it.

  27. I love that your son cooked dinner for you, and that he’s so adventurous in his recipe choices! I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to cook for me! :) This dish looks so flavorful and tasty!

    • Oh, it is so awesome having them cook Kristine. I think they too are enjoying the experience. I can’t wait to see what he picks next πŸ˜€ Thanks Kristine!

  28. Your son is so cute Cindy!.. this asian noodles with tofu looks absolutely delicious… so simple yet so sophisticated.. :) thanks for sharing.. :)

    • Arpita, this is a wonderful combination of flavors. Sophisticated as he was hoping for πŸ˜€ Thanks and have a great weekend πŸ˜€

  29. This Asian noodle looks fabulous, I like the flavors that you have in it…and yes, tofu just sound perfect.
    Hope you are having a colorful week Cindy πŸ˜€

    • We love all types of noodles and these are fantastic. Love the sriracha and sweet chili sauce. Thanks Juliana. Have a great weekend πŸ˜€

  30. This sounds exactly right up my alley! I love tofu and anything spicy.

  31. How awesome do these noodles look?! I love Asian food and I will definitely have to give this one a go! Thank your son for me. :)

    • Thanks Sarah πŸ˜€ They are pretty tasty. We love this dish and he is pretty proud of himself for choosing a great recipe.

  32. This sauce sounds amazing! Sign me up for a big ole’ bowl of this! Yum!

  33. Yum! I love all these flavors. Anything topped with lots of sriracha is a winner in my book.

  34. So impressed that your son was willing to try tofu! That is awesome. It really is true that when kids cook meals themselves they are more likely to try new things! Love this noodle salad. Totally my kind of meal!

    • Thanks Joanne. Isn’t that great?! I think it is so important to care about what you eat and want to cook. It is so much healthier than takeout or a drive-through. Have a great weekend!

  35. thanks cindy for another great recipe.. the vegetarians in my household would definitely appreciate this dish. love it!

    • You’re welcome Thalia πŸ˜€ I like to have a couple meatless meals and this one is a delicious addition to our menu.

  36. How fun! I’ve never made tofu before – and I am so impressed that your kids loving cooking!!!

    • Thanks Kristi! They are doing a great job. My son is now obsessed with tofu. He’s not giving up his meat, but wants tofu on a regular basis. πŸ˜€

  37. Well I am going to join the crowd in congratulating your son on a very elegant international dish. I told my sons that nothing is more romantic than a man fixing a lovely dinner for a girl. Your son is going to have females beating down your door. Lol

    • I think I need to share that with my son. He’ll love that! Maybe I should share that with my husband as well. Haha πŸ˜€
      Thanks Carol!

  38. This sounds delicious! I am always looking for new ways to use tofu.

  39. That is awesome that your son came up with this delicious recipe! I’m a huge tofu fan and I especially love it in Asian dishes! I’m so glad your kids seem to be following in your foodsteps of loving food! These noodles look amazing!

    • He did a great job Izzy πŸ˜€ Although he is becoming obsessed with this dish. Keeps asking to make it!
      They definitely didn’t start off willingly following. Haha Thankfully, they do seem to be enjoying the experience.
      Thanks Izzy! Hope you have a great week πŸ˜€

  40. That is so wonderful to get the kids involved with cooking! This looks amazing and I am always looking for good tofu recipes. :)

  41. Love your recipes, Cindy. Thank you and have a great day!

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