Spicy Lettuce Wraps

I recently made the decision to become a vegetarian, but this dish has been a favorite of mine long before I adjusted my diet. It’s simple, I like my food spicy. There is always a bottle of hot sauce at my desk at work for those foodie emergencies (aka “this shit doesn’t have any flavor” moments) so I’m always prepared to add a lil’ kick to whatever is on my plate.

What you’ll need:

  • One package of tofu (I prefer firm)
  • 1 bag of Classic Coleslaw
  • Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
  • Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • *Glass of vino & good music is optional 

Cook time: 20 minutes

Tofu sauces

The tofu I buy comes in a container with 4 individual blocks but I typically only use two for this recipe. It makes enough for dinner and leftovers the next day.

Step 1: Slice the tofu into small blocks, each about half an inch thick. Put the tofu into a bowl and add as much Sriracha as your spicy self pleases. Tofu truly takes on whatever flavor you add to it, so I usually do this 24 hours prior to cooking the tofu so that it has time to mingle n’ marinate. Keep in mind: the longer it sits, the spicier it gets. I recommend adding the Sriracha and cooking it immediately for your first time if you’re nervous about it being too hot for your taste.

Step 2: Put the tofu in a pan with a teaspoon of peanut oil. Cook the tofu on medium heat and occasionally flip the “blocks” so that it cooks evenly for about 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: In a separate pan add your coleslaw and cook it on low heat for 5 minutes. I don’t add any oil to this because it tends to get soggy if you do, and the fresh crunch without it is to die for. *Once this is done you should allow the slaw to cool to avoid wilting your lettuce

Step 4: When everything is cooked I place equal amounts of tofu and slaw into individual Fresh Living Butter Lettuce pieces. Then I add the peanut sauce and sweet chili sauce. These two sauces are key to this recipe and truly balance out the flavors for the perfect bite. *Don’t even pretend like you’re modest when it comes to the peanut sauce, be real with yourself and add as much as you’d like — it is divine. 

And voila! You have a healthy vegetarian meal that you can indulge in guilt free. Spicy food is apparently supposed to speed up your metabolism as well, which is always a bonus. You can also add brown or white rice to this as a side dish, or just lay the tofu on top of a bed of rice without any lettuce. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe as much as me. Stay spicy, my loves.

Spicy Tofu