Truth time: I love love love love tofu. Poor tofu gets blamed for being gross, icky, nasty, etc, but (truth be told) it is rather flavorless and can be diced/chopped/flavored/pureed into a variety of tasty dishes, desserts, and even smoothies.
Simple Tofu Stir-Fry
Recipe Courtesy of: Me!
1 block extra-firm tofu
3-4T soy sauce
1tsp sesame oil
1T olive oil
1-2tsp red pepper flakes
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3C mixed veggies
To prepare tofu: unwrap and drain off excess water. I usually place block on a plate and then stack several plates on top to “squish” it for about 30 minutes. Sometimes, I throw it in the fridge and do it for a bit longer This will drain off a lot of the excess water. Some recipes suggest placing tofu in paper towel and/or cheesecloth to get rid of excess moisture, but in my experience this only leads to a huge waste of paper towels. After tofu has been somewhat de-watered, slice/dice/chop it into desired shape and size. I used to be a huge fan of cubed tofu, but lately I’ve been experimenting with thinner strips.
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, red pepper, and garlic. Add a dash of pepper. You could add a bit of salt, but I think the soy sauce is plenty salty already. Add in the tofu and let marinate for 10minutes.
Now the decisions begin:
Option #1: Throw some oil in a pan and sautee/pan fry the tofu
Option #2: Preheat oven to 375. Place tofu on a pan and bake the tofu.
Personally, I prefer baked tofu. There isn’t a right answer.
Sautee up the veggies. My personal favorite veggie mix is onion, red pepper, edamame, broccoli, and carrots. Be creative. Throw it all together at the last second. Serve alone or with rice. If you want to be creative or fancy, you could garnish with some toasted sesame seeds.
What about that pre-cut tofu that seems so convenient? Not a huge fan. If you don’t plan on trying to de-moisturize the tofu prior to cooking then go ahead and buy it. If you don’t get rid of some of the excess water that the tofu is packed in, it doesn’t soak up the marinade and get ready for some major splattering when you are trying to stir fry it.