Steamed Tofu with Shrimp Paste

Steamed Tofu with Shrimp Paste

The Lowdown:

Let's be real, not all food that's healthy taste yummy to most regular human beings, but this is one dish we're proud to say will break that stereotype. Our Steamed Tofu with Shrimp Paste tastes great and is so easy to make - prep to table in literally 15mins. It's one of those dishes that feel chinese-restaurant-luxurious, you would never guess how easy and quick it was to make.

Light on the palette, it makes for a (still delicious) healthy protein dish for days where you feel all meated-out. Steaming has many plus points - healthy, quick and also lesser cleaning up (always a plus!). And the flavour? The sweetness of the shrimp is brought out by the savoury sweet sauce it's steamed in - soo good on rice by the way.

Notes: In this recipe, we used frozen shrimp paste - inexpensive, and a breeze to prep (no peeling of shells or the smell of prawns on your fingers after dinner). But if you're game, you could totally buy fresh prawns and mince it yourself!



(Serves two)

300g silken tofu (1 box)

350g frozen shrimp paste (1 pack)

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp abalone sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp water

Spring onion (optional)


  1. Thaw the frozen shrimp paste and squeeze out into a bowl.
  2. Spoon the shrimp paste to shape them into 1-inch balls.
  3. Cut up the box of silken tofu into 8 rectangular blocks.
  4. Mix together the sesame oil, light soy sauce, abalone sauce, sugar and water to make the sauce.
  5. Place 1 shrimp ball on each rectangular tofu block.
  6. Drizzle the sauce over the tofu and shrimp balls.
  7. Get your steamer ready or wok with boiling water and a steam rack.
  8. Steam for 10mins.
  9. Top with chopped spring onions to finish. Enjoy with a bowl of white rice or on its own!

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