Chilli-Spiced Tofu with Hummus
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Chilli-Spiced Tofu with Hummus

I was planning on making something kind of complicated for dinner tonight, but after an intense day, I decided that I needed something nice and easy instead. This tofu recipe packs a lot of flavor (and heat!), and is surprisingly filling. I had heated up some leftover veggies to serve on the side of this, but I found it substantial enough that they were unnecessary. I sliced a whole block of tofu into 4 slices, which is a little more than what the recipe calls for (according to my unit converter – ha!). The cilantro is the perfect pair for the heat of this dish.

Chilli-Spiced Tofu with Hummus

Chilli-Spiced Tofu with Hummus
5 Ingredients 10 Minutes: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Tired and Hungry Cooks – Jules Clancy

Serves 2

1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
4 slices firm tofu (about 300g)
6-8 tablespoons hummus
small bunch coriander, leaves picked

1. Combine chilli and paprika with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season and toss tofu slices in the spiced oil to coat.

2. Heat a medium frying pan or skillet on medium-high heat.

3. Cook tofu for a few minutes each side, until crisp on the outside and heated through the middle.

4. Smear hummus over 2 plates. Top with tofu and sprinkle over coriander leaves.


Carnivore: replace tofu with steaks and adjust the cooking time so the steaks are cooked to your liking.

No smoked paprika? Just skip and replace with 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander.

Different herbs: use mint or flat-leaf parsley instead of the coriander.

More substantial: serve with pita bread.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Joanne

    This is definitely my kind of simple easy tasty meal! I haven’t had tofu in forever but suddenly now I’m craving it!

  • The Vegan Gypsies

    This looks great. I can’t wait to try this, as I have started making my own hummus at home. Thanks for sharing!

  • Noelle Hanks

    Wow! Hey Ashley!!! Awesome that I found this. Legitimately had the worst day – car broke down in the rain on the way to work, took over two hours from that time to get it towed to my mechanic and get home. Needless to say going to the grocery store is not an option. I have tofu and home made hummus in my fridge and though hmmm there’s got to be a recipe for this so I don’t have to trek out and BAM number 3 on my google search! Can’t wait to try this out. Hope you are well <3

    • Ashley

      I certainly hope this helps your day improve! I love keeping tofu on hand for things like this. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Shruti

    I made this for my family last night. I made both types of tofu – smoked paprika and cumin/coriander. I added steamed rice (with turmeric for color) and leafy salad greens to make it more substantial. Everything was laid on a bed of hummus and looked absolutely beautiful! My family including 5 yr old nephew loved it!!! The kid got plain tofu and less humus 🙂
    The smoked paprika and chili flakes tofu was a hit! I’m definitely putting this dish in the rotation for easy and healthy meals.
    Thank you sooooooo much!

    • Ashley

      So glad this was such a big hit for you and your family! It’s been far too long since I’ve made this one for my family – I’ll have to make it again soon!

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