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Mango Tofu

A delicious blend of tastes and textures, this mango tofu is a delicious side dish to any meal.

Boozy mango tofu

This blogging journey of mine has introduced me to friends, taken me places, and made me step outside of my comfort zone in experimenting with foods -and beverages- way more than I would have done on my own.

A couple of months ago, I was fortunate to be accepted as a Recipe Redux member. As a recipe redux member, we are challenged to come up with a healthy recipe using an ingredient/theme specified: one month it was edible flowers and another month it was teas, both times I was excited as I had had some experience cooking with both.

This month however, I was a little out of my element as this months’ theme/ingredient was “Spirits, extracts and other alcohols”.

tofu with mango and passionfruit vodka

I am not much of a drinker, I don’t buy alcohol unless a friend is coming over who I know would like a glass and then I make her take the bottle home because otherwise a few months down the road, it will end up falling off of a top shelf as I struggle to get a bowl off it (yes, i speak from experience and did you know- wine is harder than jello to clean up? 😕 ).

So for this month’s challenge I went into a bona fide liqueur store and perused the aisles like I was a connoisseur and …GAH I was so lost – there were so many huge bottles and they were not cheap…and my friend who is a wine drinker happens to be preggers now and I cannot pawn the rest off on her…so I squatted down and started looking at the lower shelves with the more economically priced spirits.

I found a “smoky toned blackberry” wine and just as I was getting ready to checkout, I saw a huge shelf of mini bottles right by the register…with this little, pretty, single serving bottle – I saw pink and read “mango and passion fruit” and I was happy!

kinky liquer

Till I went home and tasted a drop – 😡 GAH – this stuff burned! I kinda sort of (after drinking a glass or five of water) could make out the fruitiness but I figured if I cooked with it, all the alcohol would be burned off leaving only the fruitiness behind.

mango and green pepper

I used tofu as tofu is pretty good at absorbing the flavors it is embraced with instead of fighting with them. I first sauteed some onions till they caramelized and then threw in the tofu and some ginger and garlic and let it brown while absorbing the sweet, caramelized onions, the bold garlic and the spicy ginger.


I added some mango to mirror the mango in the vodka and some green pepper for variety. I was going to throw in some orange juice when my daughter caught me and shot me the stank eye and said she would willingly be my guinea pig aka taste tester if I left the orange juice out (she has unresolved issues with oranges); besides she said, it was bad enough I was giving her 15 year young self a dish with alcohol!

Wait! What?!

I am not quite sure how she does so well in science in school when she argued every aspect of my explanation of how the alcohol burns out while being cooked…wait, maybe it’s the arguing that makes her a teachers pet which leads to her good grades! hmmmmm….

vodka liquer and tofu with mango and pepper
Boozy Mango Tofu

Boozy Mango Tofu!

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious blend of tastes and textures, this mango tofu is a delicious side dish to any meal.


  • 1 single serving mini bottle of "Kinky" liqueur, Vodka with mango/blood orange & passion-fruit
  • 1 container extra firm tofu -blotted dry and cubed
  • 1.5 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 1/2 a red onion chopped
  • 1/2 a white onion chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • sat and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime


  1. Saute onions on a low flame till caramelized (about 20-25 minutes, I usually chop up the other ingredients while waiting)
  2. Add tofu and garlic and ginger and let tofu brown on sides (about 5-7 minutes on each side)
  3. Add water (if needed)
  4. Add in the lime, mango, green pepper, and paprika and mix well
  5. Add the liqueur and salt and pepper to taste, let cook for 10 more minutes, gently stirring throughout.
  6. Serve with rice or bread or eat straight up!
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 155Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 29mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 6gSugar 22gProtein 3g

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Monday 13th of December 2021

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Wednesday 10th of September 2014

This looks so delicious. Mango makes anything magical! So exotic.


Monday 18th of August 2014

Such a clever dish - you could get boozy with mango in so many ways - I need to try this out!


Monday 18th of August 2014

Thanks so much Serena - that kinky mango/passionfruit vodka sure was interesting to work with - thanks for such an awesome challenge!

Regan Jones (@ReganJonesRD)

Wednesday 30th of July 2014

Such a fun story :D

And I really love this recipe. I'm a huge fan of tofu. So easy and so versatile...definitely giving this one a try.

Arthur in the Garden!

Monday 28th of July 2014

This looks so yummy! I will have to try it soon!


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Thanks Arthur - sure hope you do

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