Instant Pot Caramelized Tofu

A wonderful plate of caramelized tofu!

Combo of sugar, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and red pepper flakes infuses the sauce with a balanced sweetness and spiciness with a deep mahogany shine.

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Instant Pot Caramelized Tofu
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: Caramelized Tofu
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes crushed
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 16 ounce extra firm tofu pressed and cut into ½-inch thick pieces.
  • In a bowl, add all the ingredients except the tofu and oil and beat until well combined.
  • Add the oil in the Instant Pot and select “Sauté”. Now, add the tofu and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until browned from all sides.
  • Press “Cancel” and stir in the sauce.
  • Secure the lid and turn to “Seal” position.
  • Cook on “Manual” with “High Pressure” for about 5 minutes.
  • Press “Cancel” and do a quick release.
  • Carefully, remove the lid and serve.
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