Monday, July 13, 2009

Sweet and Spicy Tofu

I've been making an effort to make more recipes from my ever-growing Foodie To-Do List (over there on the sidebar). When Andy randomly came home the other day with a block of tofu, this dish shot straight to the top of the list.

Sweet & Spicy Tofu

We sometimes have a hard time making flavorful stir fry sauce from scratch, but this was definitely a winner in that department. An easy, vegetarian-friendly weeknight meal.

Sweet & Spicy Tofu

Sweet & Spicy Tofu

Sweet and Spicy Tofu
Adapted from Serious Eats
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 tbsp peanut oil
1 package (14-ounce) firm tofu
1 red onion, halved and sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup hot water
3 tablespoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Rice, for serving

1. Press the tofu and chop into 1/2-inch cubes.

2. Heat peanut oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Toss the tofu into the oil, and stir fry until browned on all sides. Once browned, toss in onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic; cook until just tender, about 5 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the hot water, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes. Pour over tofu and vegetables, toss to coat, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens slightly. Serve with rice.


(wife.) said...

The first time I read this, I missed the word "randomly" and was definitely going to call Andy out on that. Looks like you already did. :-D

This looks SO yummy! It looks like restaurant tofu. You must be a good tofu-presser.

Anonymous said...

I have never prepared tofu at home and have really only eaten it in small pieces in egg drop or hot and sour soups. I'm not sure why I have such a fear of preparing it at home or eating it in bigger pieces, but I'm trying to overcome the tofu-phobia. This looks really good, and I might even be able to convince Ryan to try it since he loves sweet heat.

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