Tofu doesn't have to be bland or boring when it can be easily dressed up into a flavorful and rich dinner. A terrific source of low calorie protein, tofu is easy to work with and happily takes on the flavors of what it's cooked with.
- 1 carton firm tofu, drained
- 2 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil, for frying
- 2 scallions including the greens, thinly sliced on the diagonal
- 1 tablespoon toasted white or black sesame seeds
The Creamy Nut Butter Sauce:
- 1/4 cup regular soy sauce (or try soy-free Coconut Aminos flavoring sauce)
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1/4 cup sesame paste, peanut butter, or cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons white or light brown sugar (or try low glycemic Coconut Palm Sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or chili oil
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup water or stock*
- Pinch salt
1. Slice the tofu crosswise into scant 1/ 2-inch slabs, then cut each slab into 2 triangles. Blot with paper towels.
2. Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet and add the oil. When hot, add the tofu and fry over medium-high heat until golden. Turn and cook on the second side.
3. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small food processor and puree until smooth. Taste for salt and add a little extra, if needed.
4. When the tofu is done, pour in half the sauce and cook until bubbling and partially reduced.
5. Turn off the heat, scatter the scallions and sesame seeds over the top, and bring to the table.
* Note, a number of reviews suggested omitting the water/stock to maintain a slightly thicker consistency.
Recipe courtesy of Deborah Madison and published on Epicurious.com, found here with all product reviews.