Spicy Tofu Lettuce Cups


  • 1 block (14 ounces) firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 8 large lettuce leaves (such as butter lettuce or romaine)
  • Optional toppings: chopped peanuts, cilantro leaves


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Set aside.
  2. Cut the pressed tofu into small cubes.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the diced red bell pepper, carrot, and mushrooms to the skillet. Stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  5. Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet and add the tofu cubes to the empty space. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the tofu is lightly browned.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture over the tofu and vegetables. Stir to coat everything evenly. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  7. Stir in the chopped green onions and remove the skillet from heat.
  8. Spoon the spicy tofu mixture into the lettuce leaves, dividing it equally among them.
  9. If desired, top each lettuce cup with chopped peanuts and cilantro leaves for added texture and freshness.
  10. Serve the Spicy Tofu Lettuce Cups as a delicious and satisfying appetizer or light meal.

Calorie breakdown per serving (approximate):

  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 7g

Note: The calorie count may vary depending on the specific brands and quantities of ingredients used.

These Spicy Tofu Lettuce Cups offer a perfect balance of heat and freshness. The tofu provides a good source of plant-based protein, while the crunchy vegetables and lettuce add texture and nutrients. The flavorful sauce brings a delightful kick to the dish. Enjoy these lettuce cups as a healthy and light option for a quick meal or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering. Feel free to customize the spice level and add your favorite toppings for a personal touch.