How to Make a simple Sweet and Spicy Tofu Pizza

Hello there, culinary explorers! It’s Gobble here from Food and Meal, whisking you away on yet another flavor-packed adventure. Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to share a recipe that has utterly transformed my approach to traditional pizza – yes, it’s the phenomenal “Tofu Pizza”. This delightful twist on a classic has truly captured my heart and I’m eager for it to charm yours too.

Picture this: a golden, crispy crust that sings with wholesomeness, blanketed with a luscious spread of sauce that’s both tangy and sweet, hugged by a dazzling array of vibrant toppings, with the star of the show being the marvellously versatile tofu. This isn’t just pizza; this is a canvas where dietary inclusion and pure joy intertwine.

You might wonder, of all the delicious journeys in the land of cheese-laden treats, why step into the realm of tofu pizza? Well, it started with a longing to reinvent a beloved comfort food into something that could be savored by everyone, regardless of their dietary paths. Whether for health, ethical reasons, or just an insatiable curiosity for plant-based wonders, the idea of crafting a pizza that’s as nourishing as it is enticing became my new north star.

So here we are, at the precipice of delicious innovation. Tofu, with its subtle charm and impressive chameleon-like qualities, assumes the lead role with a finesse that is nothing short of inspiring. It adapts, it transforms, it delights. It’s a kind reminder that sometimes, the most understated ingredients can create the most spectacular of feasts.

Join me as we dive into the heart of this recipe, not only discovering the how-tos but also the whys. It’s about creating something that invites conversation, that brings people together, and that caters to the mélange of tastes and preferences that make up the beautiful spectrum of food lovers.

Tofu Pizza Recipe

Tofu Pizza
Slice into tofu pizza perfection – a slice of plant-based paradise.
Simple Sweet And Spicy Tofu Pizza

Sweet and Spicy Tofu Pizza

This is highly recommended for those who want to eat pizza but are quite worried by more calories regular pizzas used to have. But whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this sweet and spicy snack will definitely make your day!
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Course: Bread, Main dishes, Party
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: pizza, Sweet and Spicy Tofu Pizza
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 513kcal
Author: Food and Meal
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For Pizza

  • 1 whole pack Pizza Dough
  • 1 packet Extra-firm Tofu or Paneer
  • 2 cups Pineapple Salsa
  • 2 cups Low-fat Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup Sweet and Sour sauce
  • 1 cup Gouda or Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 2 pcs. Medium onions thinly sliced
  • simple Sweet and Spicy Tofu Pizza

For the Jerk Sauce


  • Prepare the tofu first by slicing it into small cubes and cooking it in an oil-greased pan until it turns light brown in color before setting it aside.
  • Using a blender or food processor, grind the habaneros along with tomato puree until it becomes a thick paste. Cook the paste by heating it in a pan along with some oil for one minute. After that, mix the rest of the jerk sauce ingredients and cook until the sauce becomes thick. Add tofu and mix until everything is well-blended.
  • Next, prepare the pizza dough by setting it on top of a baking tray before poking some holes in its base by means of a fork. Spread the jerk sauce in its base before sprinkling it with some gouda cheese. After that, add the pineapple salsa, jerk tofu and mozzarella cheese.
  • Transfer the pizza in the oven preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake it for at least 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese bubbles and becomes fully-melted. Remove from oven and slice using a pizza slicer before serving.



Simple Sweet And Spicy Tofu Pizza
Simple sweet and spicy tofu pizza
Simple Sweet And Spicy Tofu Pizza
Simple sweet and spicy tofu pizza
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1909mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1467IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 744mg | Iron: 3mg
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Alternative Method: Tofu Pizza on the Grill

Tofu Pizza
Fresh, colorful ingredients are the key to a flavorful tofu pizza.

To prepare a mouthwatering Grilled Tofu Pizza with a smoky twist, start by preheating your grill to a medium-high heat of around 400°F/200°C. While the grill heats up, roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface to your preferred thickness and brush one side with olive oil. In a bowl, combine tofu cubes with minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper, ensuring an even coating. Once the grill is ready, place the pizza dough on the grates, oiled side down, and grill for 2-3 minutes until it develops grill marks and firms up slightly. Flip the dough using tongs or a grill spatula and swiftly spread tomato sauce over the grilled side. Sprinkle vegan mozzarella cheese, seasoned tofu cubes, bell peppers, red onion, and cherry tomatoes on top. Close the grill lid and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, allowing the crust to turn golden and the toppings to cook to perfection. Carefully remove the pizza from the grill using a spatula and garnish with fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. Slice and savor this delectable Grilled Tofu Pizza for a flavorful and smoky take on the classic dish.

Tips for making Tofu Pizza

Tofu Pizza
Take your grilled tofu pizza on a picnic for an outdoor culinary adventure.

Serving Suggestions

Begin the meal with a classic touch by opting for Miso Soup, introducing a brothy, umami-rich essence that primes the palate without overshadowing the pizza’s flavors. For a refreshing contrast, Daikon Salad offers a light and crunchy element to counterbalance the hearty pizza toppings.

For those seeking a heartier addition, Yakisoba, stir-fried noodles with a satisfying chewiness, serves as an excellent side, enhancing the overall meal experience. Ajitama Eggs, with their mild yet rich flavor, can be presented as a side dish that complements the subtle taste of tofu.

If a meaty side is desired, Kalmi Kabab, featuring spiced and  creamy skewered kababs, introduces an exciting interplay of textures and flavors alongside the Tofu Pizza. Gyoza, as an appetizer, mirrors some pizza ingredients, creating a thematic continuity throughout the meal.

To cleanse the palate between bites, opt for Oat Milk or Soy Milk, providing mild and slightly sweet options that harmonize with the pizza without overwhelming it. Pickled items like QUICK PICKLES or Sushi Ginger contribute sharpness and acidity, creating a well-balanced counterpoint to the tofu’s mildness.

For a spicy and robust addition, a small portion of Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae) can complement the meal, especially for those who enjoy a bit of heat with their pizza. Conclude the dining experience on a sweet note with Apple Crumble, offering a comforting sweetness and contrasting texture to the savory pizza.

Cooking Tips

Tofu Pizza
Grilling tofu pizza: the art of creating smoky plant-based delight.

The foundation of any good pizza is, of course, the crust. Whether you decide to make it from scratch or opt for a pre-made base, aim for a golden-brown finish that offers a satisfying crunch yet yields to every bite. This structural integrity is especially important when topping it with something as moisture-rich as tofu.

Tofu tends to be a bit on the soft and bland side, but this is precisely where its beauty lies – it’s a sponge waiting to soak up whatever flavors you present it with. Pressing your tofu is key; it’s like coaxing the excess water away so that it can better embrace the marinade or seasonings you choose. Whether it’s zesty Italian herbs or a bold Asian-inspired sauce, let your tofu bask in these flavors for a while before it hits the oven.

When it comes to spreading your sauce on the base, a light hand can prevent sogginess. Follow this with a generous layer of your marinated tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces for even flavor and texture throughout. A judicious choice of veggies can add not only splashes of color but also dimensions of flavor – think caramelized onions for sweetness, bell peppers for crunch, and perhaps a handful of spinach for earthiness.

One of my favorite personal touches is scattering dollops of vegan ricotta or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast just before serving. It adds a subtle cheese-like experience without overpowering the delicate star ingredient.

While crafting this pie, do remember the oven is your ally. A hot oven will ensure a crisp crust and perfectly melded toppings. But keep an eye on your creation, as the line between perfectly done and overdone can often be a matter of minutes — an attentiveness born out of care and the aspiration to serve nothing but the best.

FAQs about Tofu Pizza

Tofu Pizza
Customize your grilled tofu pizza with your favorite toppings.
  • What is vegan pizza made of? Vegan pizza is typically made with plant-based ingredients, excluding any animal products. The crust is often crafted from flour, water, yeast, and olive oil. Toppings commonly include tomato sauce, vegan cheese, a variety of vegetables, and sometimes plant-based protein sources such as tofu, tempeh, or seitan.
  • Can you marinate tofu? Yes, tofu is excellent for marinating. Its porous texture allows it to absorb flavors well. To marinate tofu, press it to remove excess water, then submerge it in a flavorful marinade for at least 30 minutes, or longer for enhanced taste. Marinated tofu can be grilled, baked, or pan-fried for added texture and flavor.
  • Can I use a different protein instead of tofu? Absolutely, feel free to substitute tofu with tempeh, seitan, or your favorite plant-based protein. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • How long should I preheat the grill for Tofu Pizza? Preheat the grill for at least 10-15 minutes on medium-high heat to ensure it’s hot enough for cooking.
  • What’s the best way to store leftover grilled Tofu Pizza? Store any leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or on the grill for the best results.
  • Can I use a gluten-free pizza dough for this recipe? Certainly, use a gluten-free pizza dough if you have dietary restrictions. Just ensure it’s grill-friendly.
  • How can I prevent the pizza from sticking to the grill grates? Before placing the dough on the grill, oil the grates well using a brush or a piece of folded paper towel. This will help prevent sticking and ensure a smooth release after grilling.
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In summary, the culinary adventure that is Tofu Pizza represents an innovative twist on a classic favorite. Not only does it cater to the health-conscious and those following plant-based diets, but it also introduces a delightful variety in texture and flavor that can be appreciated by all pizza enthusiasts. By incorporating tofu, we elevate a simple dish to a new level of nutritional value and gastronomic delight. Whether you are a seasoned cook or just beginning to explore the art of pizza-making, tofu offers a versatile and protein-packed alternative that promises a satisfying meal.

The experience shared on Food And Meal aims to inspire your home cooking and to challenge the traditional expectations of pizza. With a bit of culinary creativity, tofu transcends its humble origins, achieving a delectable presence worthy of any dinner table. It’s clear that tofu pizza not only serves as a testament to the versatility of tofu but also stands as a healthful indulgence that doesn’t sacrifice flavor for nutrition.

We encourage our Food And Meal readers to take this recipe, tailor it with their favorite toppings, and share their creations with our community. Whether you are making the leap towards a healthier lifestyle or simply searching for your next favorite recipe, a slice of tofu pizza might just be the perfect fit.

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Hi! I’m Paula from the Philippines, the passionate blogger and skilled photographer behind Gobble the Cook. I also spearhead the media photography for Food And Meal in Vietnam.
I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.
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