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Tofu Time!

March 1, 2012

I have long loved tofu but had not often prepared it at home. Recently, thanks again to the guidance of Deborah Madison, this has changed. I have already found several recipes that are not only easy to prepare, but very enjoyable and healthy, to boot!

This sesame tofu recipe is really great, and is a perfect prep-it-on-Sunday and enjoy-it-on-Monday dish since the longer the tofu marinates the more flavorful it becomes.

Notes:  I included the recipe as it appears in the book but for next time I would increase the red pepper flakes for some added heat.  Additionally, I used more than the called for amount of cilantro and scallions. I served the tofu on black rice and, as always, a bed of glorious greens for added nutrients!

Sesame Tofu 
from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

a 1-pound package Chinese-style firm tofu
Sesame marinade (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
chopped cilantro

Cut the tofu into slabs and blot well with paper towels.
Make the marinade and pour half into a pie plate. Add the drained tofu, then the rest of the marinade. Cover and let stand for an hour or as long as you have time for.

When ready to cook, pour off the marinade and set it aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet with the oil, add the tofu, and fry until firm and browned, about five minutes on each side.

Add the marinade to the pan and cook until bubbling and hot. Serve the tofu and the sauce over brown rice and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro.

Sesame Marinade
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
5 teaspoons balsamic or rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or chili oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Taste and adjust for sweetness if needed. Depending on the type of soy sauce you’ve used, you many need to add more sugar for balance.



One Comment leave one →
  1. Michelle permalink
    March 3, 2012 1:45 pm

    Mmmmmm…looking forward to trying this one!

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