7/25/11

Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Tofu

A few weeks ago I randomly bought a package of extra firm tofu at the grocery store without really having any idea of what to make with it. In fact, it's been sitting in my refrigerator all this time, and I've been doing a great job ignoring it.

Yesterday I decided to make Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Tofu. The "recipe" is just something I came up with on a whim by looking at what I had on hand. If I were to do it over again, I'd definitely make a few changes.

First, I would add some fresh ginger,but alas I somehow forgot to buy it at the store. And I would probably add some minced garlic.

Still, the combination of Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chives and red pepper flakes gave a lot of flavor to the otherwise plain tofu.

Ingredients
1 block of extra firm tofu, pressed, cut into cubes
3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1-2 pinches of red pepper flakes
olive oil

Directions
1. Combine Hoisin sauce with soy sauce, chives and red pepper flakes. Add cubed tofu and marinate for at least 20 minutes.


2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and saute cubed tofu until it's golden on all sides. The Hoisin sauce will give the tofu it's sticky and sweet quality; while the red pepper flakes will add some spice.


Yesterday I ate the tofu with some arugula, chickpeas, tomatoes, zucchini ribbons and sesame seeds in a salad. For the dressing I simply drizzled a bit of olive oil and a few squirts of fresh orange juice.



Today, I had the tofu cold with brown rice and green peppers: perfect for Meatless Monday.

How do YOU cook tofu?

27 comments:

nicole said...

love the zucchini ribbons! I love tofu and am always trying to think of ways to use it~

The Duo Dishes said...

The crunchy, crispy edges are the best part. They hold so much flavor. Seared or grilled tofu is great too. For some reason, Asian-inspired marinades are a fave way to go with tofu. Gorgeous photos as usual!

Gourmantine said...

Your tofu looks so inviting... Nicely crisp... I usually have it very simply fried, so can't wait to try this!

Megan said...

You make it look so good... I'm just not sure I will ever like tofu. Maybe you'll have to make it for me whenever we have our cooking party... you know, the next time we get together!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

I'm drooling. I love how the hoisin gets all caramelized... reminds me I'm all out and need to buy some more.

julia said...

oooo this looks splendid

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Love the way this is caramelized. I really love tofu and this looks like the best recipe yet

Meister @ The Nervous Cook said...

You obviously nailed the texture on the tofu, and it looks incredible. Perfect add-in for a salad!

baobabs said...

Yum looks delish and sounds simple and easy to prepare. Fresh!

Nicole, RD said...

This tofu looks perfect! I usually bake it to a crisp, but I love the idea of sticky & sweet!

Alex @ aCoupleCooks said...

Looks great! We may have to try it - we always have trouble getting Asian flavors just right...

Maria said...

I made this last night, and added ginger, garlic, and a little sesame oil...fantastic!

Thanks for the recipe!

mjskit said...

This sounds wonderful! I'm definitely going to try it and since you mentioned that you would add ginger and garlic, I'm going to add some of my ginger-garlic paste (recipe on my website). I have everything but the tofu at this point so I'll pick that up tomorrow. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

The Fancy Drifter said...

This looks absolutely mouth watering! I'm going to have to try this sometime soon!

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

That looks delicious! I love hoisin sauce but never thought to use it on my tofu! And I love the little cubes, I need to try that too :D

Charissa said...

I just bought some organic tofu and this looks great!

Gfedge said...

Not a tofu fan but this creation of yours looks very tempting - may have to rethink tofu! Thanks for posting.

Olga said...

I'm so glad all of you liked the idea of this tofu and that some of you have already made it!!

If you make this, please let me know how it turns out.

Melissa Jones said...

Looks gorgeous! Why do you never invite me over for dinner again?

Peggy said...

I'm still a little hesitant about tofu, but this might be the recipe that gets me over that hump! I love the flavors of hoisin and soy sauce - and I hear tofu just takes on whatever flavor you place it in - so definitely will keep this in mind when I'm ready =)

Reem said...

i also picked up big box of firm tofu, this looks really delicious. Will try it for sure.Thanks for sharing.

City Girl said...

This sounds delicious and so easy to make! I found a recipe years ago in which you saute hard tofu in a pan with mustard (dijon or gulden's, not honey mustard or plain yellow). The cookbook said it would taste like a fried egg, and they were right. xoxo

Wilma Tempel said...

Will try.

Arapax said...

made this today - yum! my husband got salmon in an identical marinade, baked in the oven, he loved it. thanks for the recipe :)

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Thank you so much for letting me know you made this recipe and liked it!!! What a great idea to use the marinade for salmon: it'd be great on chicken too!

Brookofjewels said...

I don't happen to have Hoisin sauce, nor have I ever even heard of it, hah. Is there something that I could use instead, or is it one of those irreplaceable ingredients? This recipe looks delicious! I love tofu.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

It's a pretty typical ingredient in Asian cuisine. You should be able to find it in an Asian section of your grocery store. If you can't, just use bbq sauce and you'll be fine!