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Chopsticks being used to eat some Ma Po Tofu.

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu, crispy fried tofu, lean ground pork, and a flavorful sauce. Done is less than 30 minutes. Good and good for you. Win-Win.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Additional Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 627 kcal


  • 1 12 – ounce container firm tofu
  • ½ cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce - If keeping this gluten-free use a gluten-free soy substitute. Soy has gluten.
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil divided
  • 8 ounces pork tenderloin cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger root
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped (1 ½ teaspoons)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • cup sliced green onions 3 whole onions
  • ⅓ to ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 11/2 teaspoons Fish Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon about ½ lime juice
  • ½ cup edamame thawed if frozen
  • 8 ounces Soba noodles cooked according to package directions, or whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 2 green onions sliced thinly for garnish (optional)


  • Slice the tofu into ½ inch slices and place between several layers of paper towels put a dinner plate on top and let stand for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the plate, discard the paper towels, and cut into ½ inch cubes.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the chicken broth, cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and garlic chili sauce; set aside.
  • In a food processor, add the pork cubes, ginger, garlic, jalapeno, and green onions, cilantro, fish sauce, and lime juice. Pulse until the meat is finely chopped.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and heat until hot but not smoking. Add the tofu and saute, stirring frequently, until lightly browned; remove and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining oil and the pork mixture; saute, stirring frequently to break up the pieces; saute until the pork loses its pink color. Add the edamame and tofu; saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the sauce mixture; stir well and bring to a simmer; simmer until slightly thickened.
  • Toss the hot cooked noodles with the sesame seed oil. Divide the pasta among four heated bowls, top with the Ma Po Tofu, and garnish with green onions, if desired.


Be sure to take the time to dry your tofu!


Serving: 1gSodium: 495mgFiber: 11gCholesterol: 37mgCalories: 627kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 14gProtein: 37gCarbohydrates: 95g
Keyword buckwheat noodles, fried tofu, gluten-free, pork noodles tofu, spicy pork stir-fry
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