Tokwa and Tuna Recipe

Tokwa and Tuna Recipe

Tokwa and Tuna is an appetizer dish composed of fried extra firm tofu and grilled ahi tuna. A Filipino dish called Tokwa’t Baboy, which is made up of tofu and pork, was the inspiration for this dish. I thought that using ahi tuna will compliment the fried tofu – and it did.

Tokwa and Tuna Recipe

I think that Tokwa and Tuna have some similarities with kinilaw or kilawin and sinuglaw; all these Filipino food favorites are all soaked in a vinegar mixture and all make a good appetizer or “pulutan”.

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This dish is a good option for those of you who like the idea of a healthier and leaner tokwat baboy (without the pork though). You’ll get a good amount of the protein from the fish and tofu and you will worry less on having bad cholesterol or a possibility of getting high blood pressure after eating this dish.

Try this Tokwa and Tuna recipe. Let me know your what you think.


Tokwa and Tuna Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 4
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
    Total time: 
    • 6 oz. ahi tuna
    • 14 oz. extra firm tofu
    • 1 medium red onion, sliced
    • 3 pieces long green chili, sliced
    • ¾ cup apple cider or cane vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
    • 1½ cups cooking oil
    • Salt and ground black pepper
    1. Combine the vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Microwave for 15 seconds. Set aside.
    2. Rub ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper on the ahi tuna. Let it stay for 15 minutes.
    3. Heat-up the grill. Grill the tuna for 3 to 5 minutes per side.
    4. Remove the tuna from the grill. Slice into cubes. Set aside.
    5. Heat the oil in a deep cooking pot.
    6. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the tofu (two pieces at a time) until the color turns golden brown.
    7. Remove the tofu from the cooking pot. Let the excess oil drip. Slice the tofu into cubes. Set aside.
    8. Combine the tuna, tofu, onion, and green pepper in a mixing bowl. Toss.
    9. Pour-in the vinegar mixture. Gently toss until all the ingredients are well blended.
    10. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl.
    11. Serve. Share and enjoy!


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