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White bowl with white rice topped with thin dark brown tofu slices with charred edges, green beans, chopped red bell pepper and sprinkled with white sesame seeds.

Crispy Sticky Teriyaki Fried Tofu (Copycat Pei Wei)

To get perfect crispy Teriyaki Tofu sometimes it is not about the ingredients, but the method of preparing them. In this case, to get it crispy we used a technique of slicing and frying we saw in Pei Wei Restaurant. The end result is a crispy, sticky fried tofu which you can serve with rice or various stir-fried veggies.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, International, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword fried tofu, teriyaki tofu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 154kcal



Preparing the ingredients

  • Use a firm tofu and press it. 


  • After you pressed the tofu cut them into thin slices. If you use a 12 oz block (approx. 360g) then cut in half horizontally. You should end up with 1 inch wide and 3 inches long and thin slices.
  • Take an oven-safe shallow glass bowl and layer the tofu slices in one layer if possible.
  • Pour teriyaki sauce indicated in the recipe card on them and gentle mix them. We use a silicone brush or a spoon to make sure it is throughly covered.
  • Let the tofu to marinate for at least 15 minutes.


  • Heat the frying pan or wok over medium heat and add a bit of oil. Place the tofu slices on it leaving a small space in between them.
  • Brush them with half of the teriyaki sauce left after marinating and half of the maple syrup amount.
  • Fry one side for approx. 2-3 minutes. Flip and brush the slices with the remaining teriyaki sauce and maple syrup. Fry until crispy and sticky.



Serving: 1serving (without sides) | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1039mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg