Florida Flavors: Essensia Restaurant’s Tofu Curry Recipe

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Florida Vacation Guide: Tofu Curry Recipe from Essensia Restaurant

If you made a pledge to eat less meat as part of the Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green, perhaps you’re looking for some delicious vegetarian recipes.

We thought we’d share one with you that we were given by Signature Chef Julie Frans from The Palms Hotel & Spa’s Essensia Restaurant.

Tofo Curry Recipe

This recipe serves four hungry souls.

Red Curry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2-3 heaping T red or green curry paste
  • 3 cans coconut milk
  • 2 stalk lemongrass, cut into pieces
  • Piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T lime juice


Bring the curry paste, coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger to a boil. Reduce the liquid by half. Once the sauce is thickening add brown sugar and lime juice to taste. Strain out lemongrass and ginger. Set aside.

Curry ingredients:

  • 2 T coconut oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 c sliced onion
  • 1 c large diced organic bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 c cubed local heirloom eggplant
  • handful of broccolini
  • 1.5 c cubed organic tofu
  • Fresh leaves of purple and green basil


Prepare quinoa according to packaging instructions. While the quinoa is cooking prepare the veggies and tofu. Sauté in coconut oil: onions, bell peppers, eggplant and broccolini. Halfway through sautéing, cover with curry sauce and continue to cook. Once the veggies are cooked to desired consistency (Chef Julie likes them a little crunchy) add in cubed organic tofu, fresh leaves of purple and green basil and cook a few more minutes.


Place warm quinoa in a soup bowl and cover with tofu/veggies mix and curry sauce. Garnish with micro mustard and an orchid.

About Essensia Restaurant

Essensia Restaurant follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of wholesome global cuisine with emphasis on premium local and sustainable ingredients. Working with local farmers and carefully selected purveyors, Essensia’s menu features healthful and flavorful dishes made with produce, meats and seafood primarily sourced from within the State of Florida.

Tell us…

What’s your favorite vegetarian meal?