Peanut Tofu Rice Bowls with Sesame Eggplant

These peanut tofu rice bowls do require a bit of prep time, so it's best to make everything over the weekend, and divvy it up throughout the week. #peanutsauce #ricebowls #kimchi #quickpickles #panfriedtofu #roastedeggplant

these peanut tofu rice bowls have plenty of crunchy pickles and tender, sesame-glazed eggplant to go with the addictive peanut sauced tofu and chewy rice.

idk what to say besides that i’ve been living off of a steady diet of work hard, potato hard. the digital marketing world is a little bit nuts during q4, plus i’m getting added to a few new projects (one of them exciting, one of them less so lol). but did i mention that i got to see kelly clarkson on friday, or that i work from home once a week now and roll out of bed onto the couch and don’t change all day? so there’s balance. somewhere.

i’ve been trying to prep lunches for the week on sundays, and these peanut tofu rice bowls were on call for a recent week. they’ve got crispy pan-fried tofu coated in garlicky peanut sauce, crunchy tangy carrot quick pickles, spicy cucumbers, silky soy-glazed tofu and chewy rice to mellow everything out. you better bet i’m the person who needs to have something to look forward to eating at lunch, and this is it.

These peanut tofu rice bowls do have a lot of components, but you can pick and choose toppings - maybe cut out the carrots and buy kimchi at the store. #peanutsauce #ricebowls #kimchi #quickpickles #panfriedtofu #roastedeggplant

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These peanut tofu rice bowls do have a lot of components, but you can pick and choose toppings - maybe cut out the carrots and buy kimchi at the store. #peanutsauce #ricebowls #kimchi #quickpickles #panfriedtofu #roastedeggplant
Peanut Tofu Rice Bowls with Sesame Eggplant
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Every part of these peanut tofu rice bowls is tasty, from the sesame eggplant to the cucumber kimchi.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion
Keyword: carrots, cucumbers, dairy-free, dinner, egg-free, eggplant, entree, kimchi, lunch, peanut butter, peanut sauce, pickles, rice, rice bowl, tofu, vegetarian
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 535 kcal
Ingredients
Carrot Quick Pickles
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
Cucumber Kimchi
  • 1 English hothouse cucumber
  • 1 1/2 T chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 T sesame oil
Pan-fried Tofu
  • 8 oz extra firm tofu cubed and well-drained
Peanut Sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 T salted creamy almond cashew or peanut butter
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
Sesame Eggplant
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 Japanese eggplants cubed
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
Assembly
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
Carrot Quick Pickles
  1. Combine everything in a small bowl. Stir occasionally to make sure that the carrots get evenly pickled. Let sit at room temperature until you're ready to assemble the bowls.
Cucumber Kimchi
  1. Combine everything in a small bowl. Stir occasionally to make sure that the cucumbers get evenly pickled. Let sit at room temperature until you're ready to assemble the bowls.
Pan-fried Tofu
  1. Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Salt the tofu, then add the tofu in a single layer to the skillet. Cook, flipping the tofu until all sides are golden brown and crispy.
Peanut Sauce
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the hot tofu and toss until combined.
Sesame Eggplant
  1. To the still hot pan, over medium-high heat, add more oil. Add the eggplant and saute until browned on the first side, 5-10 minutes. Drizzle with the soy sauce, maple syrup and sesame seeds; sauté, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides.
Assembly
  1. Divide the rice between serving bowls and top with the tofu and other desired toppings, such as fresh vegetables, pickles, kimchi, and/or chili garlic sauce.
Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from Minimalist Baker.

Everything in these peanut tofu rice bowls is tasty, but the glossy, glazed pieces of pan-fried tofu tossed in spicy peanut sauce are the stars. #peanutsauce #ricebowls #kimchi #quickpickles #panfriedtofu #roastedeggplant

other lunch ideas besides these peanut tofu rice bowls

This coconut rice bowl with cumin broccoli slaw and quick pickles is the kind of lunch that makes you happy to have a bowl full of vegetables. #lunchideas #ricebowl #quickpickles #tofu #vegetables

coconut rice bowls with cumin broccoli slaw and quick pickles

This summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice is a great excuse to incorporate awesome summer fruit into dinner. #watermelon #nectarines #coconutmilk #forbiddenrice

summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice

If you're into those expensive but oh so tasty grain bowls from boujee cafes, try these peanut tofu rice bowls! Peanut sauce pan-fried tofu, sesame eggplant, carrot quick pickles and cucumber kimchi make these A+. #peanutsauce #ricebowls #kimchi #quickpickles #panfriedtofu #roastedeggplant

16 Replies to “Peanut Tofu Rice Bowls with Sesame Eggplant”

  1. That’s pretty cool that you got to see Kelly Clarkson, but even cooler that you can roll out of bed and work from home once a week! This recipe looks perfect for meal prep! Happy Monday Heather!

    1. ahh yes kelly clarkson is good live every time i see her (she was one of the few artists who sang live for the macy’s thanksgiving day parade, and even in all that cold early in the morning, she sounded so good).

  2. This is fabulous. And what you’re doing, more prep, is just smart. Plus it saves money.

    1. thanks! yep, having something in my fridge ready to go for work makes me a lot less tempted to go out for a too expensive (albeit tasty) salad (;

  3. Pickles, kimchi, peanut sauce – all of my favorites in here, Heather! I love this type of bowl. I could eat it every day, too!

    1. i’m convinced that pickles and kimchi make everything better! (:

  4. So healthy and so dang flavorful!! Such an amazing meal prep bowl. Having a peanut free household, I love the option of subbing other nut butters.. so helpful for people like us 🙂

    1. oh yes i bet cashew or almond butter would be so tasty! or even sunflower seed butter could work (:

  5. I am so jealous that you get to work from home once a week 🙂 And this tofu bowl looks amazing…so many layers of flavor!

    1. yes, it’s such a nice perk! and the rice bowl has so much flavor that you never get bored even down to the last bite (:

  6. This tofu bowl looks luscious! I’m so hungry right that I’d eat it right away 🙂

    1. thanks! the sesame eggplant is downright luscious (:

  7. Kelly Clarkson and working at home one day a week! That is great! I love pan-fried tofu. This rice bowl is right up my alley! I can eat it for lunch and not get tired of it.

    1. pan-frying is such an easy way to make tofu! definitely my go to way if i don’t feel like eating it cold and seasoned (;

  8. Sounds wonderful!! So much yumminess!

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