Fragrant with the flavor of cilantro (aka coriander), this creamy red pepper sauce is a featured element in our Curried Millet Cakes with Creamy Red Pepper Coriander Sauce. It's also great as a dip for fresh vegetables, as a sandwich spread, or tossed with your favorite cooked pasta. Keep roasted red peppers and silken tofu on hand and you can make this sauce in five minutes. If you are not a fan of cilantro, you can use fresh basil or dill instead.


Coriander versus cilantro: Cilantro and coriander refer to the plant Coriandrum sativum. In the U.S., the green leaves and stems are called cilantro, while the seeds are called coriander. Outside of the U.S., the leaves and stems are called coriander, and the seeds are called coriander seeds.

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By Del Sroufe,


  • 1 package extra firm silken tofu, drained
  • 2 large red bell peppers, roasted and seeded
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime


  • To roast peppers, preheat the broiler. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place the bell peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until charred on all sides, turning occasionally. Transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 10 minutes. Peel off skins; discard skins, stems, and seeds.
  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.

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Fran Ehrhard

If you could put the ounces of tofu required in the recipe, that would be very helpful. Different brands have different package sizes. I think Mori Nu is 12 oz, but Whole Foods has their own brand of silken tofu in the refrigerated section that is 14 oz.

Megan Edwards

Hi Fran, We just updated the recipe to include the oz measurement for the tofu, it should be a 12oz. package. Let us know how it goes!

Chris Bradburn Gifford

There is no coriander in it? It's in the name but the ingredient is missing from the recipe!?


cilantro is coriander :)

Fran Ehrhard

Coriander is the spice and cilantro is the fresh herb.


What is extra firm, silken tofu. There is extra firm and there is silken. Silken is soft not firm, so I think there might be a mistake in the recipe. I'd like to try it, but I'd like to get it right and not waste ingredients!

Liz Turner


IF this is a Coriander much do should I sue...I do not see coriander in the ingredients. Thank You


Coriander and cilantro are often used interchangeably for the fresh herb as in this recipe’s case, however cilantro is the fresh leaves and stems and coriander is the dried seed.


Coriander and cilantro are different in their flavors. Here's an article that might help:

Alice Imhof

Where is the coriander???? It's not on the ingredient list???


Cilantro = Koriander

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
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