Harissa Tofu


  • Tofu, X-Firm Block
  • 3 Tbls Harissa Paste*
  • 1 Tbls Agave Syrup
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • Salt, Pepper

Optionally…press the tofu to remove excess water

Cut the tofu block in half and then each half in halfs and then into short strips (see pic).

Heat up some olive or vegetable oil in a skillet.

On a dinner plate, mix up cornstarch with some salt and pepper. Drag the tofu thru the mix and coat all sides.

Place tofu strips in the skillet and fry each side (about 4 minutes) until it starts to get crispy and brown. Alternative, you can air fry the tofu. Place fried tofu strips on a rack or paper lined plate.

Preheat the oven broiler (high setting)

Add harissa paste, agave syrup, 1 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt to a small bowl, and whisk

Place fried tofu strips on a baking sheet (I like to line mine with a silicone matt). Spoon the harissa glaze you made over the tofu, coating the top of each strip.

Place the baking sheet with the tofu under the broiler. Broil for 2-3 minutes watching to make sure it does not burn. Glaze should become sticky.

Serve with rice or couscous and a side veggie or salad.

*Harissa Paste. Harissa is a sauce or paste made from dried red chiles, some garlic, a citrus, olive oil, and spices. It originated in the Tunisa area and is used in Morrocan and other North African dishes. It is easy to find in many grocery stores or online. But you can also make your own. It is an interesting blend of flavors.