Pineapple Tofu Stir Fry In Spicy Sauce

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spicy pineapple tofu stir fry

Spicy pineapple tofu stir fry

Pineapples are very delicious on their own. I always love it as it is or cooked as a dish, especially if it is not sweet. A very common use is in sweet and sour dishes, one of the most popular Chinese dishes. My best sweet and sour dish with pineapples is Sweet And Sour Fish. Pineapples are also great for making desserts. My best is the pineapple tarts….absolutely delicious. Please check it out at Popular Pineapple Tarts.

What about making a vegetarian dish? I tried a stir fry of the pineapple with tofu in a spicy sauce and found that it was just as delicious. I love that sweet, sour and spicy taste. Besides, it looks colourful, refreshing and healthy. Just don’t over cook the pineapple. It’s added last and a quick stir would do.

Cutting pineapple can be tricky and if you are not sure, please check it out at How To Cut A Pineapple. Never miss out on fresh pineapples. I hardly use canned. Fresh is always the best and healthy. Pineapples are tropical fruit. It’s grown in abundance in Malaysia. They are cheap and very sweet there. Over here in UK, I have to very much depend on my luck. Most of the time, they are green and not sweet……how sad!

This recipe is simple and easy. Stir fry is always fun and easy with a good wok or frying pan. So, get one if you don’t have.

200g pineapple (cut into bite size pieces)
200g firm tofu (diced)
sea salt
1 red chili (chopped)
4 spring onions (cut into short lengths)
fried garlic oil
3T sweet chili sauce

Fried tofu pieces

Fried tofu pieces

Sprinkle some crushed sea salt on the tofu pieces and let stand for about 15 minutes. Heat up some oil in the frying pan and pan fry them until lightly browned on both sides. Dish up.

Fry spring onion and chili

Fry spring onion and chili

Add some fried garlic oil to the pan and add the chili and spring onions. Fry until it is fragrant. It just takes a couple of minutes. Add the tofu pieces and fry a little while. Lastly add the pineapple pieces and the chili sauce. Mix well and dish up. I did not add more salt because the tofu is already slightly salty which tastes really good. The sourness comes from the pineapple and the sweetness from the sweet chili sauce. Everything combines beautifully and not too overpowering. Of course you can adjust the seasoning to your taste. Try not to add soya sauce or any dark sauce to the dish otherwise you will spoil the refreshing colour.

I love using sea salt. It comes with a very lovely taste. Try to buy the pure sea salt which you can easily crush in between your fingers. It’s much more expensive but worth every penny. It is better for your health.

All in the frying pan

All in the frying pan

Do you use pineapple or tofu in your cooking and baking? Do you have an easy recipe to share? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other tofu dishes that you may be interested in:
Tofu Mixed Vegetables Dish
Hot And Sour Tofu Soup
Fried Tofu With Char Siu Chicken
Homemade Egg Tofu

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cheah  on March 24th, 2010

Mmmm, Mary this is a colourful and appetising dish. Will be lovely with hot rice!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on March 24th, 2010

I’m a big fan of pineapple, but haven’t tried to stir-fry it with tofu. Very new combination to me, but it should be very delicious in spicy sauce, I believe. I’d try this dish one day.

the lacquer spoon  on March 24th, 2010

Love pineapple in a savoury dish! Also, this must be good for weight-watchers. Very healthy :)

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on March 24th, 2010

A very interesting and healthy combination!

3hungrytummies  on March 24th, 2010

I do something similar with prawns. Tofu seems like such a wonderful substitute on meat free days!

SathyaSridhar  on March 24th, 2010

Mary,,tofu n pineapple is different combination and looks delicious,,, cute step by step explanation dear,, i hv nt tried tofu on myself ur version looks great n easy for me and using sea salt is good option dear,,,thanks for sharing n keep on smiling,,

Lyndsey  on March 24th, 2010

What a beautiful, colorful, healthy dish! It looks delicious!

TasteHongKong  on March 24th, 2010

Hi Mary, You always give me nice surprises with your combinations of foods.

Sushma Mallya  on March 24th, 2010

Unique combo but looks very delicious mary…

penny aka jeroxie  on March 24th, 2010

I love this combination. sweet, sour and spicy all in one dish

The Little Teochew  on March 24th, 2010

I will try this dish, Mary. My hubby is vegetarian and he will love it. So will I, actually! Thanks for the tip on seasalt.

Trissa  on March 24th, 2010

Perfect dish for lent Mary! I am always on the lookout for great vegetarian dishes.

Divina  on March 24th, 2010

Pineapple are great addition for any dish. They add a lot of flavor and liveliness. We have abundant supply of pineapples here. You can eat all you want. :)

Tangled Noodle  on March 24th, 2010

I love pineapple but my husband prefers savory flavors rather than sweet in his meals. So I usually reserve it for desserts. But he might change his mind with this stirfry. I just need to learn to brown my tofu just as nicely as yours!

kristy  on March 24th, 2010

You know me so well, I love cooking with pineapple and my kids also love it so much too! Yumm..yumm..yumm….

Drick  on March 24th, 2010

tasty sounding dish… think I will use pounded chicken instead of the tofu, the simplicity of this is what I like best

Pam  on March 24th, 2010

Love the sweet and sour thing! It looks delicious!

tasteofbeirut  on March 24th, 2010

How funny! I cooked pineapple yesterday too!
Great recipe you have got here! I need to use that tofu I have in my fridge!

gertrude  on March 24th, 2010

I love everything sweet and sour. Never try cooking with tofu. It is a great idea to replace the meat with tofu.

Mary  on March 24th, 2010

What a lovely, colorful dish. I need to do more cooking with tofu. Your sweet and sour recipe is a perfect place to start.

anncoo  on March 24th, 2010

This is interesting. Never thought of combining tofu and pineapple before. I remember my friend’s mother cooked pineapple with chicken gizzard, really delicious. Oh…maybe I can bake a pineapple upside cake…hehee…

Mary  on March 24th, 2010

@cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - We should form a pineapple club….LOL :D

@the lacquer spoon - Haha…I’ve never thought of that….good for weight watchers! :D I have to tell some of my friends!

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@3hungrytummies - Ooooh….I’m going to try it with prawns one day. U have hit my craving taste buds for prawns again…haha :D

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D Tofu is very healthy. It’s very bland by itself and takes on the flavour of others. I’m smiling all the time….thanks! :D

@Lyndsey - Thnaks very much, Lyndsey! :D

@TasteHongKong - You must be smiling! :D Thanks lots!

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D
Unique combo but looks very delicious mary…

@penny aka jeroxie - We have the same taste buds…haha :D

@The Little Teochew - You must be cooking lot of healthy food at home :D I aways wanted to become a vegetarian but I think it will never happen…LOL :D

@Trissa - Thanks very much, Trissa! :D

@Divina - Now you make me want to pack immediately & go to your place! I don’t mind just staying in your fruit garden and eating all the fruits for breakfast, lunch and dinner :D I would be like living in the Garden of Eden! :D

@Tangled Noodle - I can fully understand your hubby’s preference for savoury food. My brother is like that. He always informs the restaurant not to add sugar into his food. He would return everything if they do! You don’t need a lot of oil if you use a non-stick pan which is good to start off. If you use a thick based stainless steel frying pan, it will also brown beautifully. After a couple of times you will be perfect in doing it :D

@kristy - You are just so lucky to be surrounded by so much pineapples! Now I really miss home :( I’m going to eat to my heart’s content when I go back :D

@Drick - Would be very delicious too with chicken. have fun cooking, Drick! :D

@Pam - Thanks very much for visiting and comment, Pam! :D

@tasteofbeirut - haha…we must be having the same craving! :D

@gertrude - Ya, I think it’s not to difficult to be a vegetarian sometimes….haha :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! Have fun cooking :D

@anncoo - I don’t think I can find chicken gizzards here. People here don’t eat what we consider as delicacies. I remember my mom used to chick sweet corn soup and tung hoon with that….delicious! I have to go back to eat….haha….hopefully soon :D Yeah, upside pineapple cake sounds really good. Hope to see on your blog soon. Gosh….you are just so good in baking! I need to be your neighbour :P

Mimi  on March 24th, 2010

I love the sweet and spicy taste of this recipe.

Treat and Trick  on March 24th, 2010

Great idea Mary, adding pineapple to the tofu, love to try this….

xiaoyen  on March 24th, 2010

I use tofu in most of my meat dishes, replacing the meat with tofu. Your tofu and pineapple recipe gives me another dinner dish to make this week as I always have tofu ready in my fridge.

Kamalika  on March 24th, 2010

so colourful and looks scrummy….

Esi  on March 24th, 2010

Love pineapple. This is a great way to use it.

Mary  on March 24th, 2010

@Mimi - Thanks very much, Mimi! :D

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! Have fun cooking :D

@xiaoyen - That’s very healthy :D I wish I can get tofu easily here!

@Kamalika - Thanks very much, Kamalika! :D

@Esi - Thanks very much, Esi! :D

SKip to Malou  on March 24th, 2010

ahh such colors of spring you have.. it’s like spring on a bowl… i love pineapples be it in a dish or dessert. and for this dish it comes with tofu? i love it already!

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on March 24th, 2010

Oh Mary, this recipe looks so great! I love tofu! And the spicy sauce sounds excellent!

lily ng  on March 24th, 2010

can’t go wrong with chillies and pineapple. love this

Mary  on March 24th, 2010

@SKip to Malou - That’s such a lovely description…..Spring! :D I like it. Never thought of that. It brings cheer :D I’m so glad winter is officially over.

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

@lily ng - Thanks very much for visiting and comment, Lily! :D

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on March 24th, 2010

That’s a great new vegetarian dish, I never heard of anything like this before. I like big pineapple chunks in my sweet and sour but not had it for a long time - I miss my favourite chinese restaurant in Kensington “Stick and Bowl”, they did brilliant sweet and sour. It always amazes me you don’t see more variations on tofu on chinese menus.

myasiankitchen  on March 24th, 2010

love all the food you post in your blog!! pineapple with tofu is a great food for vegetarian !!

Jeannie  on March 24th, 2010

Hmm…I love sweet and sour dishes too and this is so easy to cook and pineapples are in abundance here:D Very colourful dish.

Roti n Rice  on March 24th, 2010

I’ve never tried tofu and pineapples but I can imagine the taste…..sweet and sour….very appetizing!

Olive  on March 24th, 2010

this looks spicy-delicious and healthy..yum! thanks Mary :)

THATSSORON  on March 24th, 2010

I get hungry everytime i come here!

Mary  on March 25th, 2010

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Sweet and sour is a very popular dish….always on the Chinese restaurant menu. But it’s very often too twisted to suit the local taste or to maximise profits. Too often fresh pineapples are not used because it’s too time consuming to cut pineapples. The best is always to cook yourself at home. As for tofu, my favourite are hot plate tofu, tofu soup or clay pot tofu. Again, it’s not always what I would expect. Worse if the tofu is not fresh. Hope you can find very good ones there. Or maybe learn more Chinese cooking :D

@myasiankitchen - Thanks very much for visiting and comment! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! I wish I’m home right now! I would eat lots and lots of pineapples….to my heart’s content! :D

@Roti n Rice - Give a try. It’s very appetising and I love it :D

@Olive - Thanks very much, Olive! :D


Valarmathi  on March 25th, 2010

Stirfry looks fantastic and yummy.

tigerfish  on March 25th, 2010

I seldom buy whole pineapples for the same reason that “what if it is too sour” ??? The pineapples in spicy sauce must have given tofu a lot of flavor!

Padhu  on March 25th, 2010

I love pineapple .Nice combo .Sure to try

Stella  on March 25th, 2010

I love tofu and pineapple, Mary. This dish looks really delicious-I especially like the sound of the scallions with the pineapple-looks so good…

shaz  on March 25th, 2010

I love sweet and sour stir fries but never thought to use tofu as well. Yum! We’re lucky here in Australia, the pineapples grow up in Queensland - very sweet and juicy.

Nasi Lemak Lover  on March 25th, 2010

This is a healthy vegetarian dish, and very interesting combination!

luvtoeat  on March 25th, 2010

that’s definitely a delicious way to jazz up plain ol’ tasting tofu. Love it! perfect timing too cause i was just looking for a tofu dish to make. thanks for sharing.

PJ  on March 25th, 2010

I love pineapples in all the asian sweet and sour currys. My favorites are malaysian pineapple fish curry. This looks so delicious; its going right to my bookmark folder now.

peachkins  on March 25th, 2010

I love tofu… this is another different way I could cook ‘em. Thanks for the recipe

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on March 25th, 2010

There are many times when I have a sour pineapple and do not know what to do. This is perfect for the next time I have one on hand.

sippitysup  on March 25th, 2010

This is my kind of tofu. Sweet and spicy. GREG

blessedhomemaker  on March 25th, 2010

My kids love pineapples, despite “biting” their tongue, they just kept asking for more. I’m going to try this dish once I get hold of a pineapple.

BTW, my mom adds pineapple to her curry fish head, my kids love it though it’s spicy. They just kept eating and drinking tonnes of water.

5 Star Foodie  on March 25th, 2010

I love the addition of pineapple and the spicy sauce sounds terrific!

Mary  on March 25th, 2010

@Valarmathi - Thanks very much, Vlarmathi! :D

@tigerfish - Oh, you don’t know how much I hate sour pineapples! It makes me miss home instantly :( Well, at least I can turn it into a lovely dish :D

@Padhu - Great to know you love pineapples too. Have fun cooking! :D

@Stella - This is one of my favourite dishes, light, healthy and delicious :D

@shaz - You are so lucky. I think I better move to Australia, the place that I have always wanted to go :D Sweet pineapples are just sooooo delicious!

@Nasi Lemak Lover - It is healthy and delicious…my favourite :D

@luvtoeat - You are very right, tofu just need the taste and flavour from others. Have fun cooking :D Thanks very much for visiting and comment!

@PJ - Ooooh….I miss fish curry. I have to cook that. It’s so appetising and delicious. It will surely give a big boost to my day :D

@peachkins - You are most welcome, Peachkins! :D

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I think the person who created sweet and sour dish must have been very frustrated to get sour pineapples … LOL :D

@sippitysup - We have similar taste buds! :D

@blessedhomemaker - Wow…your kids are amazing! My daughter will only eat 1 piece the most, and has to be sprinkled with salt to take away that ‘cutting’ effect on the tongue. And…oh…I just need to cook that curry fish with pineapple. I really miss that…one of the best curry dishes….mmmm. I’m amused at how your kids eat spicy food :D I have found that drinking milk takes away the heat very quickly. Give a try.

@5 Star Foodie - It is really delicious! :D

Namitha  on March 25th, 2010

That’s an awesome combo…I’m sure my family will love this spicy dish

Faith  on March 25th, 2010

I love the sweetness of the pineapple in this dish! What a flavorful meal!

Carolyn Jung  on March 25th, 2010

I admit that I usually satisfy my sweet-and-sour fix with fish or pork. But tofu sounds like a nice, light, alternative.

Kamalika  on March 25th, 2010

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Simply Life  on March 25th, 2010

gosh, everything you make is my favorite dish to order! Can you cook for me? :)

pegasuslegend  on March 25th, 2010

i am so on a health kick cant wait to try this delicious way to make tofu, never had it you have inspired me~!

veron  on March 25th, 2010

This looks delicious! I love fried tofu and pineapple in stir fries.

noobcook  on March 25th, 2010

sweet and spicy sounds really good! I can’t have enough of this :)

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog  on March 25th, 2010

Very nice balance of flavors fried tofu, pineapple and spice sauce, so tempting and creative too :)



tina  on March 26th, 2010

Soooooo colourful and delicious…

Mary  on March 26th, 2010

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith!

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much, Carolyn! :D Totally agree with you that it’s a good alternative to meat.

@Kamalika - Awwww….thanks very much for the awards! That’s so sweet of you. Really appreciate lots! :D

@Simply Life - A BIG ‘YES’ but you have to come here :D

@pegasuslegend - Awww….thanks very much, Claudia! :D That’s so encouraging.

@veron - Thanks very much, Veron! :D

@noobcook - Time to take out your wok :D

@Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog - Thanks very much, Gera! :D

@tina Thanks very much, Tina! :D

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grace  on March 29th, 2010

i really love pineapple, so tofu that’s cooked up with that sweet fruit must taste excellent. the spicy sauce sounds great too–it’d be a pleasure to have a mouthful of this dish!

Mary  on March 29th, 2010

@Grace - Give a try. I like it very much :D

sweetaeration  on March 29th, 2010

oh i love pineapple and tofu! It seems like a wonderful combination! Looks so tasty. I am going to cook that for lunch tmr!! can’t wait to eat it :D  on March 31st, 2010

This dish looks scrumpticious and delicious.Thanks for dropping by visit and comments are very much appreciated.

Alanna  on April 2nd, 2010

I love the combination of tofu and pineapple, brilliant!

Mary  on April 2nd, 2010

@sweetaeration - Thanks very much! Have fun cooking :D - Thanks very much for visiting too and lovely comment! :D

@Alanna - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

Sanjana  on April 8th, 2010

This looks so good. Pineapples are just coming in to Britain this time so I’m making this asap! Yum!

Nithu Bala  on April 14th, 2010

Dear Mary, Thanks for your comment on my blog post. I’m visiting you for the first time and I could see lots of wonderful recipes..Happy that you left your comment in my space..otherwise I couldn’t have come to your place. Recently, I hosted an event with fruits..just go thru’ my event roundup..youl get lot of fruit dishes..I’m following you Dear..I would love to hear from you often..

Btw, this pineapple curry looks yum..If I have seen this before, I would have asked you to send it to my event..

Mary  on April 14th, 2010

@Sanjana - Oh…really? Lately I’m not getting sweet pineapples… disappointing :( I hope sweet ones are coming. I love eating them just as they are…so sweet and delicious….mmmm

@Nithu Bala - Thanks for visiting and lovely comment, Nithu! :D Love your blog too, so many wonderful recipes. I’ll surely be visiting often.

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