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Sizzling Tofu

Try this easy and delicious Sizzling Tofu recipe that is inspired by Max’s but with a spicy twist. You can serve it as an appetizer or side dish and also perfect as a beer chow.

sizzling tofu recipe

The sizzling Tofu of Max Restaurant, a popular restaurant chain in the Philippines, is one of their most beloved and famous signature dish. Well, next to their fried chicken, of course.

It is the vegetarian option in their sizzling specials menu which mostly consist of meat, like pork and chicken.

This recipe requires very few and simple ingredients. Firm tofu, bell peppers, garlic, onions, mayonnaise, and oyster sauce is actually all you need. But if you like, you can add some chilis to give it an added kick.

sizzling tofu recipe

I am used to frying tofu as a whole block and just cutting it once it is fried, this is how it is done usually, well in our house at least. It is easier and faster that way, especially if you are gonna fry a lot of tofu.

However, I want my sizzling tofu to look like that of Max’s, I had to cut them into cubes first and fry them.

If you would like to take the faster and easier route in browning the tofu cubes, you can deep fry them.

But since I am only making this dish only for two, I find it a waste to use too much oil for just a block of tofu so I just fried them in a small pan with enough oil.

tofu cut into cubes

how to fry tofu

If you do not have a sizzling plate, like this one below from Amazon, a cast iron skillet would also do perfectly fine.

I now have one but not at the time when I made this, about a week ago, though I still got me one for future use, my cast iron skillet did a perfect job. It should as they are both of the same material anyway.



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How to prepare Tofu for cooking?

I guess you know that you should drain the water from tofu before frying but did you know that you have to press it too?

This is to get rid of as much water inside the tofu as possible and will give you firmer, crispier fried tofu.

This how you do it:

  1. Line one or two sheets of paper towel on top of a plate. Place the tofu on top, as a blocked or sliced.
  2. Add another one or two paper towels on top of the tofu and cover with another plate.
  3. Add some weight on top of the plate, like a book or bag of beans, to squeeze out the liquids do this for some minutes and discard the liquids.


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sizzling tofu
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Sizzling Tofu Recipe

Try this easy and delicious Sizzling Tofu recipe that is inspired by Max's but with a spicy twist. Can be served as an appetizer or side dish and also perfect as a beer chow.  
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Course: Main Course,Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: sizzling tofu
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 666kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons oil - - for frying
  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu - (about 350 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic - - minced
  • 1 medium onion - - chopped finely
  • 1 small red bell pepper - - chopped finely
  • 1 small green bell pepper - - chopped finely
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 piece bird's eye chili - - sliced diagonally
  • 1 piece green pepper - - sliced diagonally


  • Fry tofu cubes in hot oil until golden brown on all sides. Remove the fried tofu from oil and transfer into a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • In a sizzling plate or cast iron pan, saute garlic, onions, and bell peppers in butter for a minute or until onions become translucent.
  • Add in mayonnaise, oyster sauce, water, green pepper and chili. Let it cook and simmer while stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  • Toss in the fried tofu and mix until well blended. Serve while hot on the sizzling plate or cast iron pan.
Nutrition Facts
Sizzling Tofu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 666 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 935mg39%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1470IU29%
Vitamin C 85.6mg104%
Calcium 274mg27%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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  1. 4 stars
    I could have rated 5 stars but the sodium content is too high for someone with hypertension like me. Do you have a substitute for the oyster sauce and mayonnaise? Appreciate, likewise that your recipes have nutritional labels. My family loves tofu and i am always on the lookout for tofu recipes. Cheers to your endeavor, time and effort for sharing your yummy recipes. God Bless.

    1. Hi Ginnie, try low-fat plain yogurt or at the end, crack an egg and drop it directly to the sizzling tofu then mix it. As for the oyster sauce, a low sodium soy sauce could be used.

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