Plant-based foods are gaining more and more popularity, which is why, nowadays, you can see all sorts of products in the grocery stores that are made with or came from plants. They are highly in demand.
Tofu is a famous plant-based ingredient. It is not a new product, though. In fact, it has been around for centuries. And for people out there who are following the vegan or vegetarian diet, tofu is one of the most excellent sources of protein. It is not difficult to cook either. With this recipe that I am going to share with you today, tofu is the star. You’ll see how versatile this ingredient is.
Also known as bean curd, tofu is a food derived from soya. The process of making it is very easy as well. All it takes is curdling fresh soya milk and pressing it into a solid block before cooling it. When talking about nutritional value, tofu is a winner. Aside from it contains high amounts of protein, it also has antioxidants and other compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. It has potassium, manganese, calcium, as well as other vitamins and minerals.
For today’s recipe, we are featuring Crispy Tofu with Maple-Soy Glaze, an excellent dinner meal, which can be made in just a few minutes.
Made with tofu cubes and a savory maple-soy glaze, this dish is perfect for a quick dinner. It is easy to make, yet very healthy and delicious.
1 block firm tofu (about 12 oz.)
1/4 c. gluten-free soy sauce
3 tbsps. each pure maple syrup and unseasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 c. vegetable oil or canola oil
1 1/2 piece ginger (thinly sliced)
- Cut the tofu block and create about 10 squares. You can also cut it in smaller cubes if you wish to.
- In a small bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing maple syrup with soy sauce, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, and ginger. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot enough, carefully add the tofu cubes and cook them for about 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the oil from the pan.
- Add the maple-soy mixture to cooked tofu. Reduce heat and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Arrange tofu on a platter and drizzle glaze.
You can garnish this dish with kimchi, sliced scallions, or toasted sesame seeds. Serve over rice if desired.
Once you are done making squares or small cubes out of the tofu block, be sure to get rid of the excess water. You can do this by putting the cubes in layers of paper towels and gently pressing on them.
If you want to reduce the amounts of calories, instead of serving it with rice, opt for steamed veggies like cauliflower. This would help a lot especially if you are trying to lose weight. You can also skip the garnish if you want. But if you are aiming to add more flavor, garnishing is the key.