nutritional information

Per Serving (1/3 cup rice plus 1 cup tofu and salad):

  • Calories: 297
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Fat: 15.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 858 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 3 g

Spicy Tofu Bento Bowl

Spicy Tofu Bento Bowl

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

This salad from October 2006 gives classic veg ingredients an Asian flair. Bento refers to bento boxes, the containers with separate compartments used for take-along lunches in Japan.
Spicy Tofu
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chile-garlic sauce
  • 2 Tbs. dark sesame oil
  • 14 oz. extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup nonfat yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. chile-garlic sauce
  • 2 cups cooked short-grain brown rice
  • 4 ½ cups mixed baby greens
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 1 cucumber, sliced (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds

To make Spicy Tofu:

1. Whisk together soy sauce, chile-garlic sauce, and sesame oil in bowl. Heat skillet over medium heat. Dip tofu in soy sauce mixture; cook 10 minutes, or until browned. Cool 10 minutes. Add green onions, yogurt, and lemon juice to remaining chile mixture. Toss with tofu.

To make Salad:

2. Whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, and chile-garlic sauce in bowl. Mound rice in serving bowls. Top with greens. Shave carrot strips over top with vegetable peeler. Top with tofu, cucumber, and avocado. Sprinkle with sesame seeds; serve with soy sauce mixture.

November 2009

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delicious. My kids want to have it twice a month!

Susan - 2015-07-07 23:46:55

Totally delicious! But no need to add yogurt. Perfect without.

Julia - 2015-01-02 20:10:50


rachel - 2014-12-25 18:29:21

This recipe supposedly was revised but I can't figure it out…How much soy sauce? How much chile sauce?? This recipe is all messed up. Undoable!!!

Janae Gonsalves - 2014-10-06 17:06:49

I think something is wrong in this recipe. It is bizarre. Why are there two sauces that are almost all soy sauce? Salty, and the tofu sauce, with the yogurt and lemon juice, is way too sour. The best thing about this were the vegetables. No oil in the salad? And all spicy - everything is overwhelming. I think something is written wrong here, when so many people like it.

Sara Shakked - 2014-08-27 03:04:29

WAY too salty - and didn't really need that 2nd sauce.

Patricia - 2014-08-04 16:54:32

spicy tofu for collier

fletcher - 2014-05-09 19:56:31

Made this tonight, without yogurt as I don't eat dairy, and without sesame seeds as they don't add anything for me. It was delicious, the combination of the sauces and vegetables was amazing. For time savings we used trader joe's frozen mixed rice. And a tub of Organic Girl baby greens. I think this recipe as a main dish serves four not six. I will make this one again.

Linda - 2014-05-09 04:18:01


Val - 2014-05-08 19:00:28

do you serve it with the rice warm or cold?

kylie - 2014-04-02 00:42:01

B- How does this sound for dinner...sometime? That is if I haven't scared you off from cooking with me ;) -T.

Bill - 2014-03-28 16:19:29


Roza beroukas - 2013-12-29 22:45:58

This is so freaking good. I wish you guys posted more "bowls"-- so easy to make for one. And everything seems healthier eaten out of a bowl!

Gaby - 2013-12-16 06:12:48

This was great! I followed the recipe as is. As for the salad dressing I just poured it on top of the finish salad before adding the tofu. I made mine in one large serving bowl.

Kim - 2013-12-15 13:42:18