Slow-Cooker Vegetable & Tofu Thai Stew


Cauliflower and tofu are ideal ingredients for this soup. The cauliflower soaks up the cooking liquid, and the tofu keeps the dish light, allowing the bold flavors in the liquid--predominantly the curry paste and lemongrass--to take center stage in this slow-cooker tofu stew.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
5 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can light coconut milk

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemongrass

  • 10 ounces small cauliflower florets (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 3 small carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges and separated (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

  • 1 (14 ounce) package package extra-firm tofu, drained

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted unsalted peanuts


  1. Stir together the coconut milk, water, red curry paste, garlic, and lemongrass in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker until smooth. Stir in the cauliflower, carrots, and onions. Cover and cook on LOW until the vegetables are tender, about 4 hours. Add the zucchini to the slow cooker; cover and cook until the zucchini is tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes; pat the cubes dry with a paper towel. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the tofu to the skillet, and cook until deep brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes, turning often to brown all sides evenly. Gently stir the tofu, brown sugar, and salt into the slow cooker. Ladle the stew into bowls; top with the cilantro and peanuts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
14g Fat
20g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 325mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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