Tofu in Purgatory – Vegan

This is a great Italian inspired brunch dish and an excellent alternative to scrambled tofu if you are seeking something a bit different to replace those weekend eggs.

Simple, healthy and quick; serves two to four depending on how much of an appetite you have. Don’t forget to have some nice crusty bread with it to mop up the sauce.

Original recipe found here @ A Virtual Vegan

Tofu in Purgatory


  • 400g firm tofu, pressed and cut into four slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp dried chilli flakes (I prefer it spicy)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • black salt (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a deep sided frying pan and add the garlic.
  2. Saute for a couple of minutes then add the tomatoes, oregano, sugar and chilli.
  3. Simmer for five minutes on a medium heat. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place tofu slices in the sauce and poach them gently for a further fifteen minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the tofu with some black salt if liked, then serve.

2 thoughts on “Tofu in Purgatory – Vegan

  1. I had totally forgotten about this dish. Great adaptation. I made this today. Slight changes, but basic idea. Are you on Instagram? I’d tag you if you are. Thanks!!

    • No, I’m awful at social media tbh! I mainly post recipes so I don’t forget how to do my faves and I’m pretty rubbish at doing that too; just had a few days off work so decided to finish up and publish some old drafts 🙂 I was impressed with how well tofu works in spicy tomato sauce, will definitely be a weekend regular; strange how once upon a time that would have seemed simply ‘too weird’ to me lol!

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