Tofu is a great alternative to meat. It marinates well, and takes on any flavor you cook it in. Tofu wonderful lightly pan fried and can be adapted in any cuisine. I love to add this with steamed broccoli and rice.
Yield: 4 servings
1 (12 ounce) block of pressed firm or extra firm tofu
1 tsp. pickled ginger
2 cloves of garlic; minced
1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
Sesame seeds- for garnish
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. flax-seed
Take the tofu and drain all the water. Take a few paper towels and gently wrap the tofu and squeeze out any extra water. Turn the tofu in its side and cut into 4 even pieces.
Peel and mince the garlic. Wash and cut the scallions into thin slices.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the ginger, hoisin, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and flax-seed. Set aside.
Heat a sauté pan on medium high. Add the olive oil and lightly pan fry the tofu until lightly golden, about 5 minutes on each side. Add the sauce to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until thickened.
Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions, and serve.
Let me know what you think in the comments below and happy cooking!