So, it has been a LONG time since I’ve cooked tofu from scratch. Seasoning and cooking tofu is a tedious labor of love, but I felt like it was time to try it again. This recipe for Sesame Tofu from BrokeAss Gourmet seemed simple enough, so I thought it would be the best first step into doing my own tofu again.
It wasn’t perfect. But, to be honest, I only let it marinate for 15 min. Since I only cooked half of the tofu, I look forward to how round two will turn out next week.
- 14 oz. extra-firm tofu
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds – if you could find them, I didn’t 😦
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
Press the block of tofu in a clean dish towel to remove any excess liquid. Cut the tofu into slices. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger until well-incorporated. Place tofu pieces in the liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes (up to 2 hours).
Combine flour and sesame seeds in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat.
While oil heats, dredge marinated tofu pieces into flour-sesame seed mixture until well-covered on both sides. Place as many tofu pieces as will fit comfortably into the hot oil and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until brown and crisp. Add a little more oil if necessary as you go.
Serve over jasmine rice.