Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seared Tofu with Asian Sweet Sauce

I have to confess a small secret.  I'm not a huge fan of tofu.  Nevertheless, I know the health benefits, and I do need this healthy protein as part of my diet.  So, when I eat tofu, it better be delicious!  That said, here is what I came up with for my tofu.  You want to make this! 

I used a rub on the tofu and then pan-seared it until crisp.  No joke, it tastes like chicken!   The sweet and sour sauce is so delectable, I drizzled it over my bok choy as well.   Speaking of bok choy, this is one vegetable you must try:

** Bok Choy, also referred to as white cabbage, is very popular in Asian cooking.  You've probably eaten it many times and didn't even know it.  It is low-fat, low-cal, and low-carb.  It is high in vitamin-A, vitamin-C, beta-carotene, calcium and dietary fiber.  Some of the vitamins found in this super vegetable are also powerful antioxidants, including folic acid and beta-carotene, which helps reduce the risk of certain cancers and cataracts.  I prefer baby bok choy.

What you need:
4 oz. of organic, extra firm tofu
1 T. safflower oil
1 T. sesame oil

1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. sweet paprika
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

Asian Sweet Sauce:
2 T reduced sodium soy sauce
2 T pure maple syrup
1 T olive oil
2 tsp. rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
1/4 tsp. ground ginger

In a small bowl, whisk up ingredients for the Asian sweet sauce (taste as you go) and set aside.  Next, in a ramekin, mix up spices for rub.  With a paper towel, gently squeeze out some liquid from tofu, and make 4, 1/4 inch slices.  Rub spices on both sides of tofu slices.  Heat both oils in a frying pan on medium high heat.  Sear tofu about 5 minutes on each side until crisp.  Steam bok choy for 3-4 minutes.  Drizzle sauce over veggies and use as a dip for tofu.  Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.  SO Good!  Enjoy!

This recipe shared on Amee's Savory Dish. Check it out!
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1 comment:

Amee Livingston said...

This tofu looks absolutely delicious, Tracy! I am so glad to have you back at Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!

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