Pan-Seared Tofu Recipe
With Soy Sauce and Garlic
Tofu is commonly consumed in Asian country. It has become very popular around the world these days. It is naturally made from soybean and it has excellent source of protein, vitamins and fiber. Tofu comes in many forms such as silky soft, firm, extra firm and hard. There are more and more varieties of ready to eat tofu these days and it getting fancier and fancier. I visited a local organic health food store one day in the area and I noticed several types of flavored packed tofu like smoked, BBQ, curry and Teriyaki tofu.
In Maryland, I can buy home made tofu from Asian grocery stores in a big one gallon bucket for 5-6 dollars. A one pound pack is usually cost between 2-3 dollars in general supermarkets.
At my house we eat tofu often. I love to cook soft tofu in radish soup and firm tofu in stir fry or make pan seared tofu like in this tofu recipe. I hope you give tofu a try and I'm sure you'll like it.
Here is my version of simple and yummy "Pan Seared Tofu" inspired by Korean tofu recipe.
1. 1 pound extra firm tofu
2. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
3. 3 Tablespoons good quality soy sauce ( I love using shiitake soy sauce). Reduce to 2 TBLS if you on salt restriction.
4. 3 clove garlic, chopped
5. 2 stalks of green onion, slice
6. 1 teaspoon sugar
7. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
8. 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
Gently press excess water off tofu with palms of two hands. Pat it gently with paper towel. Slice tofu into 1/3 inch thick pieces.
1. Add oil, garlic and green onion into a large, flat-bottom frying pan and over medium heat. Stir the content for 1 minute.
2. Arrange tofu pieces in a pan and in a single layer. Reduce heat to medium low.
3. Mix soy sauce sugar and sesame oil together in a small bowl and pour over the tofu.
4. Cook for about 3 minutes then turns tofu pieces over and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes until all the soy sauce is evaporated.
5.Turn the tofu pieces over once more and cook for one minute or until golden brown. Turn off the heat and sprinkle the content with sesame seeds. Serve hot or cold as an appetizer or a side dish.
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