I’m trying to do more meatless/vegetarian meals.
It took a very long time for me to get up the courage to eat tofu. It looks strange. It has a distinct texture…right? And it is practically flavorless.
Aha! That’s why it’s awesome. You can make it taste like anything you want it to. And if you can get past the texture thing (clearly I have issues with certain textures), then you’ll be set.
I’m still sort of new to tofu. We’ve started small and we’ll work our way up.
Tofu really needs to be in a flavorful dish because it is bland on its own. We like to marinate it. A quick saute in some hot oil in a skillet and you’re good. My kids even eat tofu this way.
Make sure to buy “firm” or “extra firm” tofu for this recipe. Silken or soft tofu is more for smoothies and pureed soups. You want to be able to cut the tofu into squares or slices and have it hold its shape.
Teriyaki Tofu with Peanut Noodles
One 19 oz. package FIRM tofu in water
1/4 cup Polynesian soy sauce (regular soy will work, too)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
a few teaspoons of canola or grapeseed oil
For peanut noodles:
8 oz. linguine, cooked and hot (don’t use too much salt in the water)
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup reserved pasta water (more or less to thin out the sauce)
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4-1/2 tsp. sambal oelek (go easy this stuff is hot)
1 tsp. fresh ginger (can use 1/2 tsp. ground ginger)
1/2 cup shredded carrots (buy these from the salad section at the store)
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced, white and tender green parts only
cilantro, for garnish
Remove tofu from the package and drain. Place the tofu between layers of paper towels on a plate, and place a heavy pan on top. Let sit for about 30 minutes. Remove tofu and cut into slices or cubes.
Mix soy sauce, sugar, ginger and garlic together. Place tofu cubes into a shallow, large baking dish and pour marinade over the top. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, an hour is better, turning tofu over once so it marinated evenly.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little oil. Cook the tofu on each side until golden brown, turning if necessary so they don’t burn. Serve warm with peanut noodles.
For peanut noodles:
Whisk together the peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, sambal oelek, and ginger. Add the water a little at a time until the sauce reaches desired consistency. Pour over the noodles and toss to coat. Add the veggies and toss again. Garnish and serve. Makes enough for 4-6 people as a side dish.