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Tofu Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Peanut Sauce, & Chinese Five

Sink your teeth to this delectable healthy treat in this Tofu Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Peanut Sauce, & Chinese Five Spice recipe. Enjoy every bite!

Serves 4


  • 1 block extra firm tofu (14 ounces), drained and cut into 4 thick slabs
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup light coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 2 medium-large onions, halved and thin sliced
  • 4 good-quality onion rolls
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese Five spice
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)



  1. Wrap tofu in paper toweling or a clean tea towel and place on a plate. Place a second plate on top and weight to drain additional liquid, about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until onions are rich golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes longer. Transfer to plate and set aside. Return skillet to stove, add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and reduce heat to medium.
  4. While onions cook, warm the buns in a 300 degree oven and dust drained tofu slices on both sides with Chinese 5 spice, season with salt and pepper, and dredge in panko. Add tofu to hot skillet and cook, turning only once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minute total.
  5. Place a portion of the onions on each bun bottom. Top with a tofu slice and a drizzle of peanut sauce. Serve with slaw (see note above) and extra peanut sauce and sriracha passed separately.


  • To save time use a good-quality store bought peanut sauce. There will be leftover peanut sauce so to make a quick slaw toss 4 cups of shredded cabbage and a grated carrot with a few tablespoons of the peanut sauce and a generous drizzle of fresh lime juice or rice wine vinegar.


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    Source: Threemanycooks


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