Pan Seared Tandoori Tofu

This delicious, tofu based recipe takes just 10 minutes from prep to plate and is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner for something impressive yet so easy! Pan seared tofu flavoured with tandoori spices, it’s a great meat-free, vegetarian and vegan protein option! 

Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

I’ve mentioned on here before, but something I’ve loved being able to do since moving to America has been able to collaborate and re-connect with food brands I had loved and enjoyed when I studied abroad in 2010. 

During my semester at College, although I did have a college meal plan to be used in the dining halls, some of my classes were late at night. 

Actually, scrap that.

They weren’t late at night. The dining hall just decided that dinner time shuts off at 7pm. I’ll never forget the time I arrived at 6.55, did an Irish dance around the salad bar, before getting kicked out by the dining hall lady…..without my plate of food in tow. 

Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

Ever since that unfortunate incident (I can still see the dining lady’s face glaring at me), I ensured to have my dorm room stocked with basics for the nights I didn’t skip class wouldn’t make the 7pm deadline. I’ve discussed here what I had on hand when it came to grains and snacks, but for main meals, I always stocked my freezer with frozen veggies by Green Giant. Paired with poor man’s seafood (tuna) and microwave rice, this would be my ‘go to’ dinner on those nights. (Seriously, 7pm?! Can you tell I’m bitter?). 

When Green Giant reached out to collaborate with them for the coming months with their new line of ‘Sautés’, I cursed the dining hall lady and  thought back to those dorm room days in which I ate their steamed range whenever I missed the cut off. I then built myself a bridge and got over it.

Oh yeah, and of course I said yes- I love Green Giant and their products! Unlike their other products they are known for (and I was familiar with), this new range was designed for stovetop cooking or shall I say ‘sautéing’– You get the frozen vegetables, add the seasonings and voila- A fancy, delicious side dish ready in minutes. 

Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

When it comes to weeknight dinners or meals, unless some amazing food prep is done over the weekend or you resort to some Thai takeout, chances are a fancy looking meal won’t usually be on the agenda. However, over the coming months, I’m going to share three delicious recipes which pair perfectly with one of the Green Giant Sautés. By doing so, I want to break the stigma that weeknight cooking can’t be a little bit fancy with minor effort. Furthermore, for my friends out there with a special someone in their lives- These meals are the perfect solution for some #weeknightdatenight action. 

The first of the Green Giant Sautés product I’d love to introduce you guys to is the Indian Spiced lentils. When thinking up a dish to pair with it, I immediately thought ‘Tandoori Chicken’.….mainly because I ate it the night before. However, I thought of using the tandoori flavours on another protein- One which my vegan and vegetarian friends could enjoy too- Enter Tofu.

To me, tofu is a blank (tasteless) slate which can be used in so many ways. For a quick, weeknight idea or, if you have that special someone, a #weeknightdatenight idea- I have you covered. 

Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

This pan seared tandoori tofu is the perfect pairing with the Indian Spiced lentils, as their flavours mesh perfectly together. The best part? After you whip up the tofu, you can keep the pan heated to quickly saute the lentil side dish after.

Now THAT is productivity. 

This pan seared tandoori tofu is the perfect meat free dinner option which literally takes 10 minutes to whip up. The key is to use extra firm tofu and have the pan heated on high before cooking. All that’s needed is to do is to coat one side of the tofu in the tandoori spice mix then sear it face down on the hot pan and voila- An impressive, flavourful and delicious meal ready by the time you get your plastic plates out set the table.

Bonus hack- This tofu can also be batch cooked for easy lunches and they freeze beautifully! 

Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

Make this delicious Pan Seared Tandoori Tofu and excuse me as I prep this for me and my date this weeknight- My stomach.

(Bet you were thinking it was the dining hall lady- She can have the empty package). 

Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

Pan Seared Tandoori Tofu
This delicious, tofu based recipe takes just 10 minutes from prep to plate and is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner for something impressive yet so easy! Pan seared tofu flavoured with tandoori spices, it's a great meat-free, vegetarian and vegan protein option!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 block extra firm tofu, sliced into 1 cm slices
  2. Oil of choice
For the tandoori spice mix (makes more than needed)
  1. 1 T cayenne pepper
  2. 1 T cumin
  3. 1 T sea salt (adjust to taste- I like it quite salty)
  4. 1 T turmeric
  5. 1 tsp black pepper
  6. 1 T smoked paprika (optional but gives a delicious smokey flavour)
  7. 1 T red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Coat a large frying pan with oil and heat on hot heat.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, add the spice mixture. Dip one side of the sliced tofu in the spice mixture and place tofu facedown on the hot pan. Keep tofu face down for 2-3 minutes before flipping and cooking on the other side for 2 minutes and remove and serve immediately or allow to cool.
Notes
  1. If batch cooking, allow to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.
  2. This makes a delicious salad topper, especially cold.
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Easy Tandoori Pan Seared Tofu which takes 10 minutes and is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner or lunch- It freezes beautifully too!

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51 thoughts on “Pan Seared Tandoori Tofu

  1. Go-to weeknight meal is grilled vegetables with tomato sauce and scrambled eggs with salsa! Absolutely LOVE it! And tofu is literally the BEST THING to man <3 well besides chocolate and peanut butter! This is a great way to cook the tofu!

  2. Aww no way! My stomach is my weeknight date too! How sweet.
    I can’t believe your dining hall closed at 7pm. That’s like, late lunch for some people. I thought 9pm was early for my dining hall!
    After I make your tandoori pulled chicken, this will have to follow at some point. Delicious.

  3. Haha…I just had a mental image of you going on a date with the lunchlady. It made me laugh. I’m not a huge fan of tofu, but man you make this look delicious! And I also love Green Giant frozen veggies for when you need a quick and easy side dish for dinner. Well done! This beats any dining hall meal (sorry, lunchlady, but it does)!

  4. Not gonna lie, I am making this tandoori spice mix and toss it on some chicken!
    And I really hope you gave that dining hall lady a certain look 😉

  5. AGH I feel your pain! My dining hall closed at 8PM, but they stopped refilling the hot bar (no salad bar. LAME) at around 6:30, so by 7 everything was complete mush. And you are doin’ some damn good advertising for Green Giant- I am sold on that product! If anything it looks like potpurri. Too pretty to eat!

  6. I have never actually cooked with tofu. I’m thinking that this needs to change! This looks really good!

  7. The way you cooked the tofu in your pictures is exactly how I like to eat my tofu. It is literally the perfect size and texture and I am sure it would make a fantastic meat substitute! I am so sorry to hear about your tragic 7pm dinner days, that definitely does not reflect the eating schedule of college students!

  8. I love tofu! Sometimes I go overboard and my stomach doesn’t feel too great the next day, but it’s worth it 🙂 My go-to meal is peanut butter and bananas. I could of them and I’m set everyday.

  9. Dear Arman, I admit it has been ages since I’ve have tofu. I have to begin making it again…it’s so light- a perfect summer ingredient. This looks and sounds delicious. Well done my friend! Have a wonderful evening, Catherine

  10. Haha, love your productivity oriented approach 😀 and the make ahead & freeze idea sounds like lifesaver during busy times. I love tofu so I can’t wait to give this twist a try!

  11. So I don’t think I’ve ever eaten tofu. It scares me a little bit and I’m a wuss when it comes to strange food. 🙂 I do think the spice rub sounds magical though.

    Also my go to weeknight meals is eggs or some kind of breakfast for dinner. Either that or a chocolate PB smoothie. Or Fattoush Dip because it’s too hot for full blown meals right now.

  12. Not sure how hot your stove gets, but i tried this on high heat and it burned quicker than i could pull it out of the pan. Sooo much smoke! I’m airing out my apt right now… strangely tho, it didn’t make the tofu inedible. It really wasnt bad even burned. I’m going to try it on medium heat next time. The spice mix is great!

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