I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too! Welcome!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Marinated Tofu

Tofu. I know you may be hesitant, I was. The texture was the thing that I didn't like, but sticking with extra firm tofu when using it as a meat substitute is key for me. Use the flavourings in this recipe as a guide but you can add say more garlic or red pepper flakes or honey depending on your taste.

1 - 420g block extra firm tofu

1/4 cup soya sauce
3 tbsps rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 tsps sesame oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 pinches red pepper flakes
pinch cayenne
2 tbsps water

2 tsps avocado oil
1/2 tsp cornstarch

First drain the tofu block, then set it between sheets of paper towels and rest a cast iron pan (or something heavy) on top. Leave it for about 30 minutes to press out extra liquid then cut into 1" cubes. Combine the marinade ingredients and toss the tofu cubes in to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 days. I have tried the firm tofu as opposed to the extra firm but the texture doesn't do it for me ... extra firm is the way to go!

When ready to cook add avocado oil to a non-stick frying pan and heat to medium high. Remove the tofu from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and place the tofu cubes in the pan. Cook about 3-4 minutes per side, leaving each side to crisp before turning over.

Once the tofu is fried on all sides whisk cornstarch into the reserved marinade. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the marinade. Stir to coat and let sit 2 minutes.

Makes enough for four that you can serve alongside some rice and stir fried veggies.

Adapted from jessicainthekitchen.com

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