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Who doesn’t love Thai-inspired food? It’s full of amazing flavors, colors, fragrant aromas, and it tends to be fairly budget-friendly. A true favorite. These are some of the reasons Michelle and I decided to share this incredible Yellow Tofu Curry recipe from The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, so we hope you love it as much as we do!

This yellow tofu curry is one of the 100 delicious recipes from my book, The Friendly Vegan Cookbook! I wrote this cookbook with my friend Michelle Cehn, founder of World of Vegan, and we are super excited to bring these easy to make plant-based recipes into your life. Grab your copy and enjoy!

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Toni Okamoto & Michelle Cehn

Skip The Takeout

Usually, after a long day of work, family duties, and daily happenings, the last thing we want to deal with is cooking a meal (and everything that comes with it like washing up and cleaning the kitchen), so ordering food becomes very tempting. We feel you! The great news is that having easy and delicious recipes like this Yellow Tofu Curry might change your mind. Why?

  • You can save the expense for something more rewarding in the future.
  • You can make sure to use healthier and more wholesome ingredients.
  • You can adjust the spices and salt to your liking.
  • You can use up those sad-looking veggies inside your fridge.

Yellow Curry Paste

Most of the ingredients needed in this recipe are easy to find and very affordable, but there’s one that might not be in your pantry, the yellow curry paste. If you haven’t heard about this paste before, it’s usually made with lemongrass, cilantro, yellow chilies, garlic, and other fragrant spices. Make sure you choose one fully plant-based since some might contain fish sauce.

You should be able to find it in most grocery stores but if you have a hard time finding it in your local stores, you can try to order it online.

A white and yellow plate loaded with white rice and yellow curry.

Firmer Tofu

If you’d like to have firmer tofu, you can sauté it in 1 tablespoon of canola oil for 3 to 4 minutes before adding it in step 4. We hope you enjoy this delicious restaurant-worthy meal at home!

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Yellow Tofu Curry

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
If you’re a lover of Thai food, you’re going to adore this curry dish. It’s so tasty and comes out so vibrant and beautiful!


  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes about 1 pound, cut into 1-inch bite-sized pieces
  • cup of yellow curry paste
  • 2 13.5-ounce cans of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili pepper flakes adjust according to your spice preference
  • 2 cups of bite-sized broccoli pieces
  • 1 16-ounce block of extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 4-6 cups of cooked white or brown rice


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium­high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and carrots, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until the bell pepper is tender.
  • Add the potatoes and curry paste and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, and stir in the brown sugar, salt, and red chili pepper flakes.
  • Bring to a boil and cover. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the broccoli and tofu and continue simmering, covered, for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve with the rice.



If you’d like to have firmer tofu, you can sauté it in 1 tablespoon of canola oil for 3 to 4 minutes before adding it in step 4. We hope you enjoy this delicious restaurant-worthy meal at home!


Calories: 824kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 21gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 40gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 732mgPotassium: 1376mgFiber: 7gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 9918IUVitamin C: 116mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 10mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Thai
Method: Stovetop
Diet: Vegan
Keywords: curry dish, quick meals, thai, thai food, tofu, tofu recipes, vegan, vegetarian, yellow curry
Tried this recipe?Please tag us at @PlantBasedOnABudget! 🙂

Toni Okamoto

“They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
‘Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways…
we got to start taking better care of ourselves ” – Dead Prez

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe very much! I’m totally making it this Labor Day weekend! Thanks Toni!! I’m new to your blog, registered to receive your emails and loving everything you share. Look forward to getting your new book.

  2. 5 stars
    My family has prepared this recipe multiple times and love it so much! We use S&B Golden Curry (3 pieces) and 1 tsp Sempio Gochu Jang Hot & Sweet Chili Sauce in place of the red pepper flakes and it is the perfect heat for us. By the way, I use your cookbook to make this…love it!

    1. Yay! That’s so awesome to hear! The Plant-Based on a Budget cookbook has such yummy and flavorful recipes!