Stir-Fried Tofu Recipe with Scallions, Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Sauce
I used extra-firm organic tofu for this dish, which worked out perfectly. There are three main types of tofu, and choosing the right kind is important. I drained my tofu in a colander and then cut it into slices and pressed each slice with a paper towel to squeeze out as much water as I could. If more experienced tofu cooks want to offer tips and advice in the comments, I’ll be happy to get them!
Stir-Fried Tofu with Scallions, Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Sauce
(Makes 2-4 servings, depending on what else you serve with it. Recipe adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.)
14 oz. extra firm organic tofu
2 T peanut oil (use more or less, depending on your pan)
2 tsp. finely minced garlic
2 tsp. finely grated ginger root
1 cup scallions, sliced into 2 inch pieces (This is about 1 bunch green onions. Keep white parts separate from green parts. I used less than this, but only because I didn’t have enough.)
3 T chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 1/2 T soy sauce (I used Tamari)
1 tsp. black sesame seeds (optional)
Remove tofu from package and drain in a colander in the sink for a few minutes. Then cut tofu into slices about 3/4 – 1 inch thick. Put each slice between two paper towels and press down on it so most of the liquid is absorbed into the towel, then cut tofu into square cubes.
Put wok or heavy frying pan on stove and preheat pan until it feels hot when you hold your hand over it. Add oil and heat until shimmering. Then add garlic and ginger, cook about 10 seconds, and quickly add tofu cubes and white pieces of green onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is quite browned. (Mark Bittman says a couple of minutes, but I cooked it about 7 minutes to get the tofu as brown as you see in the photo.)
When tofu is well browned, add the stock and cook, stirring, until it is mostly evaporated. Add the green parts of green onions and cook about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce and stir to distribute. Turn off heat, put tofu and onions on a serving plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. (The sesame seeds will be more flavorful if you toast them for 1-2 minutes in a dry pan, but it’s not essential.) Serve hot.
More Delicious Ways to Cook Tofu:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
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Tackling Tofu and 10 Delicious Tofu Recipes from BlogHer
Carmelized Tofu from 101 Cookbooks
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Marinated Tofu Stir-Fry from What Geeks Eat
Tofu Parmigiana from Chick in the Kitchen
Montreal Grilled Tofu Wraps from The Perfect Pantry
Tofu Skin Noodles with Spicy Peanut-Sesame Sauce and Ma Po Tofu from Off The Broiler
Tofu in Coconut Sauce with Ginger and Lemongrass from Pinch My Salt
Sauteed Tofu with Agretti and Cherry Tomatoes from Lucullian Delights
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