Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Recipe: Sesame Tofu

If you love Chinese food but have found yourself in a bit of a moral and ethical dilemma concerning our feathered friends, have given up eating meat for health reasons, or if you simply love tofu, then I have the recipe for you!

This is my "Better Than Take-Out, Better Than Chicken, Sesame Tofu", and it is omnivore approved!

Sesame Tofu

2 blocks of firm tofu
cornstarch (enough to coat tofu)
vegetable oil

green onion (for garnish)
sesame seeds (for garnish)

1/2 c. agave
3/4 c. soy sauce (I use Kikkoman)
1 c. vegetable broth
1/4 c. flour
3 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
1/2 c. brown sugar

green onion
sesame seeds

Tofu: Prepare tofu as desired. Our preferred method is cubed, then placed on a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for around 30-45 minutes. Other ways we've prepared it is to coat in cornstarch before placing on the baking sheet and spraying with cooking oil. Another option is coating in cornstarch and pan frying in oil. We used to do this but it was labor intensive and not so healthy.

1. In a mixing bowl, combine agave, soy sauce, 1/2 c. vegetable broth, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and brown sugar. Mix well and pour into frying pan.
2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining 1/2 c. vegetable broth and flour. Whisk until there are no lumps, then add to frying pan.
3. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Bring the sauce to a boil.
4. After boiling for a couple of minutes, turn the heat down to medium-low. Let cook until the sauce is thick and sticky.
5. Add prepared tofu to the sauce and stir until tofu is evenly coated.
6. Add chopped green onion into the sauce and stir until well-combined.
7. Remove from heat. Transfer tofu to serving plate and garnish with sesame seeds.

Serve with brown rice.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you make vegan versions of popular things like this. It looks so good that I'd consider actually making this and trying to pass it by the boyfriend to see if he even notices!


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