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Spicy Basil Tofu or Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry is delicious and flavorful dish prepared using tofu, fresh basil leaves and sauces. This dish tastes the best when served with steamed rice. One of the best recipe using paneer or tofu and fresh basil leaves for lunch or dinner.
Course appetizers, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Keyword basil leaves, easy paneer recipes, extra firm tofu, fresh basil, how to cook tofu, Paneer, plant based food, Protein Rich Food, stir fry, stir fry sauces, Tofu recipes vegan, vegan tofu recipes, vegetarian meal, vegetarian recipes, weekend meals, weeknight meal, weightloss food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kushi


  • 14 oz Extra Firm Tofu or Paneer (1 block)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 2 to 3 Green chilies
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • ½ cup Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon Soya Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce *
  • 1 teaspoon Dried pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Dried basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or any chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Brown sugar or sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Red chile powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable oil or Cooking oil
  • Salt, to taste


  • Heat oil in non-stick pan. Cut the tofu into desired shape. Stir-fry the tofu till it develops some color on both sides on medium to medium high heat.
  • Meanwhile, Using pestle and mortar nicely crush the garlic and green chilies.
  • Once the tofu is developed some color, add onion, ginger and crushed garlic, green chilli to the pan and sauté till they become light in color.
  • Now add all ingredients one after another - soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce red pepper flakes, dried basil leaves, ketchup, sriracha chilli sauce, salt to taste, brown sugar, red chilli, toss and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Chop and add the fresh basil leaves. Mix well. Switch off the flame.
  • Spicy basil Tofu or Spicy Thai Basil tofu stir fry or Spicy paneer is now ready. Serve hot with steamed rice and enjoy.


  • Vary the amount of green chilies as per your taste.
  • I have combined both dried and fresh basil leaves. You can also use any one of them.
  • Vary all the ingredients, specially the sauces to taste. This is very flexible recipe. Any change in the ingredient quantity will change the taste of the dish but it will be unique and flavorful. 
  • You can even add veggies like mushroom, broccoli, spinach for this recipe.
  • Use extra firm tofu for for crispy and firm texture on the outside.  
*I have used a vegan / vegetarian version of Worcestershire sauce. Make sure you check the ingredient list in the sauce before you use it.