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Dec 19, 2006 09:35 PM

Tofu recipes (easy)

College daughter has decided to experiment with tofu while she is at home. Looking for stir fried tofu and other recipes she can made (very basic cook). Thanks!

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  1. I lived on mapo tofu during college and graduate school. Here's my poor student recipe:

    1 block of soft tofu(like the non refridgerated type)
    1 lb of ground meat like turkey, beef or pork
    Several tbsps sambal oleck(depending on her love for spicy) or mapo tofu sauce
    1-2 garlic cloves
    1 green onion(optional)

    Saute garlic.
    Brown meat. Drain fat if desired.
    Add tofu and sambal. Mix well until heated through.
    Garnish with green onion.
    Serve over lots of rice.

    1. Ma po tofu's really good, I usually add some brown bean sauce and definitely some soy sauce.

      For another tofu dish - use firm tofu, slice into inch long segments, 1/2 inch or less on the side. Blanch for 3 minutes with trimmed green beans, remove, let drain. Mince or grate about an inch of ginger and a clove or two of garlic. Mince two green onions. In a frying pan, heat a tablespoon of peanut or canola oil, fry the tofu 'til brown on at least two sides, add the green beans just for a while, remove again. Add a little more oil to the pan and add the ginger, garlic, and green onion for about a minute, stirring. A tablespoon of hot chili oil or sauce is optional here. Add in a couple tablespoons of soy sauce and an equal amount of sweet rice wine (mirin). Put everything else in the pan and stir 'til it's coated, and it's ready. Delicious. I sometimes add the greens of bok choy or such to this dish. Very nutritious, too.

      1. Fry up some drained firm tofu (place slices between several paper towels and between two cutting boards, weight down top cutting board w/a soup can or two for about 20 min). Cut whatever size you like then fry with just 1 T oil or so, flipping only when one side is golden. Sprinkle generously with salt.

        This makes for a good addition to all sorts of things - I like to top a veggie Caesar salad, or add Mediterranean seasonings and add to Mediterranean flatbread salads... or taco seasonings and use for tacos/tostadas:

        1. this is a tasty and easy-to-make cold asian-style salad.

          1 package firm tofu
          1 package shelled edamame (if frozen, thaw first), or green peas
          1 tsp. (or to taste) ichimi togarashi, or chili paste
          1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
          1 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce

          mix all ingredients together gently and enjoy.

          1. Here's my old college recipe for stir-fried tofu that I still enjoy a quarter-century later:

            block firm tofu
            2 tsp minced garlic
            2 tbsp dark sesame oil
            3 tbsp tamari
            2 tbsp sherry or red wine
            1/2 yellow onion sliced
            one 8 oz pkg mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
            1/2 lb of your choice of sweet snap peas, broccoli flowerettes, or asparagus
            hot steamed brown rice

            Drain tofu, cut into cubes and set aside.

            Heat oil in wok. Stir in tamari and garlic and heat through. Add sherry. Add onions and stir-fry until tender. Add other veggies and stir fry until tender but still crisp and bright. Carefully fold in tofu cubes and stir fry until tofu is coated and warmed through. Serve with hot steamed brown rice.