Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu

Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried TofuWarm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu, Clearspring, healthy, japanese, vegetarian,

This recipe was inspired by a Savoury Rice Salad in my much loved Entertaining with Cranks book. Even though I’m not a vegetarian I have always loved vegetarian food and in some ways find it much more adventurous than cooking with meat. My Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu uses the softer variety of Tofu and not the more rubbery one, therefore after the crispy exterior there is a divinely light soft centre to die for! We are all new to eating tofu and this was our first experience eating it – everyone loved it and the warm salad which was both nutritious and delicious.

I’d be interested to find out what you do with your tofu as it’s a food I have yet to fully explore! I did however make a very lush Blackberry Tofu Brulee recently which again went down a storm!


4.7 from 9 reviews
Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu
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A delicious warm salad or long grain brown rice with quinoa, grated courgette, carrot and red pepper topped with crispy pan fried tofu for a light and delicious vegetarian meal.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 4
  • 250g Quick Cook Rice & Quinoa (I used Clearspring) or a mixture of long grain brown rice & red quinoa
  • 2 Medium Onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil + extra
  • 2 tbsp Soya Sauce (I used Clearspring Tamari)
  • 1 Small courgette, grated or make matchsticks with a mandolin
  • 1 Carrot, grated
  • 1 Red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 300g Block of Tofu (I used Clearspring firm & silken which is actually soft)
  • Salt flakes & freshly ground pepper
  1. Slice the tofu into 8 pieces (or more if wished).
  2. Put on a plate lined with folded kitchen paper and pat dry the tofu with lots more kitchen paper.
  3. Once dry, put in a large dish and scatter with salt flakes then gently pour in enough boiling water to cover and leave for a minute. (This will firm up the tofu slightly and extract more moisture).
  4. Drain the tofu, pat dry again with more kitchen paper and set aside.
  5. Boil the rice and quinoa according to instructions and then drain.
  6. Meanwhile fry the onions in 2 tbsp oil until golden.
  7. Add the rice to the pan along with the freshly ground pepper and soya sauce, leave to one side.
  8. In a large frying pan or wok add enough oil to coat the bottom and then fry the tofu on both sides until golden (it may break as it’s very fragile).
  9. Put the fried tofu onto kitchen paper to drain.
  10. Add the courgette, carrot and red pepper to the rice mixture and mix thoroughly.
  11. Place into 4 bowls and top with the fried tofu.
  12. Serve with an extra splash of soya sauce if wished.

For some more inspiring vegetarian salad ideas you might like to check out Nazima’s Goi Chay – Vietnamese Noodle Salad or Barbecued Tofu Salad, Jaquelline’s Warm Dressed Noodle Salad , Kellie’s Tea Smoked Tofu Gado-Gado (Indonesian Peanut Sauce Vegetable Salad or Margot’s Egg Noodles with Purple Broccoli and Grilled Tofu.

I am entering my Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu into Extra Veg a blog challenge run by Helen and Michelle and hosted by Emily this month.

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Disclaimer: I won the Clearspring Tofu in a Twitter competition and received the other Clearspring products as samples.

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  1. Amy Fidler

    A nice light lunch recipe x

  2. Jayne Sullivan

    This looks so tasty. A recipe I will have to have a go at making.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jayne, it is lush:-)

  3. Amy Fidler

    I used to be a vegetarian,so i’ll love this xx

  4. Lisa Williams

    This looks so delish I adore crispy tofu so anything with that in is a winner in my book 🙂

  5. Ninjacat

    This looks divine ~ I’ve never tried tofu and looking at this I’m going to have to.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Claire I’d never had it either but fried like this it was just divine, everyone loved it:-)

  6. Paul Wilson

    I’ve been trying quinoa, makes a nice change from rice/pasta.

  7. Maya Russell

    I really like this recipe and the pan fried tofu idea. I have never had tofu and I’m interested to know what it tastes like.

    1. Camilla

      Maya it really doesn’t taste of anything but when fried it has such a lovely crispy texture and absorbs other flavours well:-)

  8. tiggerific1973

    I love quinoa but still never tried pan fried tofu, next on my list 🙂

  9. Jacqueline Roberts

    This sounds delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it is delicious:-)

  10. Nancy G

    Quinoa is so good with everything. I just saw a fresh fruit salad with blueberries, rasberries, 1/4 C quinoa,
    a little OJ and some orange zest with a tiny bit of cinnamon if you like, vanilla powder, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds. It’s just a little of everything – don’t overdo it! And…..a mint leaf on top! mmmmmmm- great for a different breakfast.

    Also, with soft tofu, I have this cheesecake recipe to die for – I’ll look it up and post it as soon as I can!


    1. Camilla

      Sounds lovely, I think I’d have that as a dessert though, mornings always a rush:-)

      1. Nancy G

        Yes – you must have kids – mine are already older and out of the house! However, at your convenience,
        if you’re interested in trying it you can make it ahead – should stay fresh for a couple days in an airtight


  11. Nancy G

    This is right up my husband’s and my alley – can’t wait to try it! We dry our tofu between saucer plates and paper towels – works pretty good!


    1. Camilla

      Great – do let me know what you think:-)

      1. Nancy G

        I will!

  12. Ursula Hunt

    This is tasty and wholesome

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula, it was a big hit here with the family:-)

  13. Clare B.

    This looks so yummy. At first glance I thought it was halloumi but think it could work with either. I’m going to try both.

    1. Camilla

      I love fried Halloumi but for this particular dish I think the tofu marries off better but let me know how you get on!:-)

  14. William Gould

    I have never (knowingly) tried Tofu – I think the name puts me off more than anything….

    1. Camilla

      I hadn’t either until recently but it was crispy, light and yummy:-)

  15. Farhana

    Thanks for a quinoa recipe.

    1. Camilla


  16. Jane Middleton

    This would be something I would love to try, never tasted fried tofu.

    1. Camilla

      Nor had I it was so good:-)

  17. Heather Haigh

    I keep meaning to eat more quinoa but often feel a bit stumped as to what to make with it. Thanks for a lovely recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather:-)

  18. Lisa Howlett

    Love Tofu and so going try this recipe thanks for putting this yummy recipe on

    1. Camilla

      Pleasure, enjoy:-)

  19. kayleigh white

    I’ve never heard of this before! Looks yummy and I will be trying it!

    1. Camilla

      Great, glad to inspire you:-)

  20. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Love this recipe Camilla – so healthy and looks so tasty. Gorgeous photo too!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you so much Becca, that means a lot coming from you;-)

  21. Ursula Hunt

    Never had Tofu should give it a try

    1. Camilla

      Yes, you really should:-)

  22. Jacqueline Meldrum

    This is my kind of dish Camilla. I would happily tuck into that right now. Thanks for linking to me too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Yay, that’s what I like to hear Jacqueline – it was fab:-)

  23. Maddy

    Thanks for the tip re Tofu – we often find it rubbery 🙁

    1. Camilla

      Maybe that’s because you’re using the harder type of tofu – this one is like soft curd.

  24. Paul Wilson

    Have to give this a go – keep meaning to try more quinoa and tofu.

    1. Camilla

      Me too!

  25. Shubila

    This looks amazing! I love tofu so I will be trying this recipe out soon.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, so glad you like it:-)

  26. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    What a delicious salad and those flying pumpkin-bats are sooo cute!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it really was:-) I love my flying pumpkins too:-)

  27. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    I love the Entertaining with Cranks book, I learnt to cook veggie stuff from their books when I was young! I like my tofu deep fried, nice and crispy – yum… This looks great, thanks!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) I was lucky enough to eat in their restaurants too as a teen and always loved all the luscious food there! I have 2 of their books and they are amongst my most treasured cook books:-)

  28. kellie@foodtoglow

    As a tofu aficionado (i.e. a vegetarian, leaning toward vegan) I am so happy that you are having success in your experiments with tofu. People deride its blandness but I see its neutral taste as a bonus: we can make it taste like whatever we want. And it is such a shape-shifter, going from unpromising blob to sizzling shimmering slice of deliciousness, like here. Nice recipe, Camilla. And Clearspring is definitely the go-to brand for tofu, tamari and grains.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Kellie. I have to say I was a bit confused with all the various types of tofu and wasn’t sure if I’d fried the right variety but as it tasted so good I thought it can’t be wrong!

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