If you’ve been living a vegetarian/vegan diet for some time, then you’re familiar with tofu. That high in protein curd that is made up of mashed soybeans. Those who are not used to this meat substitute might think it sounds unbecoming. All I can say is, they must never have prepared it with seasoning of soy sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic and onion powders. Which is just what we’ve done here! Our featured recipe this week is our SESAME MARINATED TOFU, This marinated tofu is delicious with asian noodles or pasta, like spaghetti, with a side of veggies. It’s also really yummy with a dark leafy salad, like spinach. One of my favorite parts of making this dish is the rich aroma of sesame oil. The sweet nutty fragrance fills the kitchen and it truly is one of the best smells. It makes me feel like creating a perfume with sesame oil as a high note. Anywho– If you have not tried tofu before, I urge you to give this recipe a try, and if you’ve made tofu time and time again, then I know you’ll be a fan of this recipe. So, let’s get cooking!
SESAME MARINATED TOFU:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (We use low sodium)
- Few shakes of hot sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. Set aside.
- One 14 ounce package of firm or extra firm tofu
- Dizzle of soy sauce
- Sesame oil for pan frying
- Extra virgin olive oil for pan frying
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Start by draining the water from the tofu package. Then in a tofu press or between some paper towels, let the excess water soak out of the tofu.
- Slice the tofu into medium thick slices.
- Pour the marinade into a zip top bag and add the tofu slices. Be sure the marinade is coating the tofu. Seal up the bag and let set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Most of the marinade should be soaked into the tofu slices when you take out of the fridge.
- When you’re ready to cook the tofu– Heat an iron cast skillet with a drizzle of sesame and olive oil.
- Add the tofu slices and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top. Drizzle a little soy sauce and maple syrup on each slice of tofu.
- Let the tofu fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side until a caramelization forms.
- When caramelization has formed it’s ready to serve.