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Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce - A Pad Thai-inspired pizza! A colorful and healthy vegetarian meal. |

My husband LOVES making pizza – he grills it in the summer, bakes it in the winter, and comes up with a new flavor combo each time. In this monthly “guest post,” I’m going to sit back, relax, and maybe take the occasional photo while Jeff makes me a pizza and tells you about it. Here he is:

I remember the day Lori asked for this most recent pizza post. She said something along lines of . . . “I want a really tasty pizza. But you know, not the usual.  Like, less Jeff stuff.” I took this to mean no smoked meats, no double pork, more fresh veggies, and probably a lack of copious amounts of cheese. Thai food struck me as a theme right off the bat.

Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce - A Pad Thai-inspired pizza! A colorful and healthy vegetarian meal. |

When I eat Thai food – regularly with my coworkers on Thursdays – I usually have pork or chicken. My first order of business was to find a suitable meat alternative. I realized that tofu is pretty prevalent in Thai food and I have always wanted to try to cook it at home. I had heard that tofu is the best when you pan fry it to get a crispy exterior and use a powerful spice to impart some flavor. I did both.

I also realized that cheese was probably a no-go on a Thai pizza when I offered up pepper jack and Lori gave me the grossed-out facial expression. You know that one that involves a stink eye, a frown, and a crumpled nose. A dynamite sauce had to made, something involving peanut and spice. I think you’ll enjoy its multiple layers of flavor.

Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce - A Pad Thai-inspired pizza! A colorful and healthy vegetarian meal. |

Finally, I threw in all kinds of Thai inspired fruits and veggies. Pineapple added for sweetness. Carrots for color. Bean sprouts for crunch. And, green onions for a hit of freshness. I don’t usually eat vegetarian, but found this pizza both fun to dream up and very tasty.

Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce - A Pad Thai-inspired pizza! A colorful and healthy vegetarian meal. |

Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


For the Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the Thai Tofu PIzza:

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces firm tofu, drained, patted dry and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 prepared whole wheat pizza crust
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Juice of 1/2 lime


  1. Prepare Spicy Peanut Sauce: In small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, vinegar, sambal oelek and soy sauce. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil until all oil is incorporated.
  2. Make Pizza: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heat oil over medium-high heat in large nonstick skillet. Sprinkle tofu with curry powder, then add to skillet. Cook tofu 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown; turning once with a spatula halfway through cooking.
  3. Place pizza crust on baking pan and spread with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Divide carrot, tomato, pineapple and tofu over sauce. Transfer to oven; bake 10 minutes or until bottom of crust is golden brown.
  4. Remove pizza from oven; sprinkle with onions, bean sprouts, cilantro and mint. Squeeze lime juice over pizza, cut into 8 slices and serve immediately.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.

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10 Responses to “Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce”

  1. littleredkitchen — February 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I was confused at first because I thought Jeff doesn’t do tofu? Well call me impressed because this is an explosion of flavor and I’d order this right up!


  2. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — February 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Haha, I know! I guess me tricking him with that seitan chili opened up a whole new world of meat substitutes for him?


  3. Jennifer Endicott — February 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

    So my husband stopped on the way home from work yesterday to pick up a few ingredients that we lacked and he whipped this up for dinner. It was phenomenal!!!!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — February 25th, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

      That’s awesome, Jennifer. Don’t you just love having a husband who can cook you dinner? So glad you liked it!


  4. Kira - HealthAble Old Soul — February 28, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I have always wanted to make a pizza with tofu in it but always think it would come out really soggy! It is great to know it turned out good!


  5. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — February 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Nope, it wasn’t soggy at all! It definitely helps to pat the tofu dry REALLY well. I believe Jeff even let it sit on a paper towel for 15 minutes or so while he prepped the rest of the toppings.


  6. Angie — March 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Tofu and pizza…what a creative and delicious combo!


  7. Tom Braak — November 29, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I live in rural Haiti and don’t have easy access to grocery stores. We make a pizza similar to this, and I’m going to give yours a try. We add roasted eggplant and roasted garlic (under the cheese – yeah, the only cheese we have is mozzarella sadly). We also use shredded chicken breast (marinated in seasoned coconut milk). It’s my employees favorite pizza. We use a homemade peanut sauce as well. Very similar. Will pick up some bean sprouts, and tofu. The addition of the lime juice sounds wonderful.


    • Lori Yates replied: — December 1st, 2015 @ 11:56 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Tom! I love the idea of adding roasted eggplant to a pizza like this. Yum!


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