Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Grilled Tofu and Sauteed Asian Greens

I'm still a bit tired today.

But I have my trusty jug o' coffee sitting next to me, so perhaps I'll find myself writing with a little bit more energy as this post unfolds.

E made grilled tofu and sauteed greens for us a couple weeks ago but kept forgetting to pass along the recipe.

He finally remembered, so here it is in all its grilled and sautee-ish glory.

It was numbly and good, good and numbly. Especially when accompanied by fresh veggies sauteed in hoisin. Which I still haven't a clue how to pronounce, so I'm just going with a very mumbled "Hoy-sin!"

  • 1 (14-oz) block firm tofu, drained

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco or dried hot red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 (5-oz) bags Asian greens or baby spinach (E used the latter)


Press your tofu by whatever methods you usually employ.
Stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, Tabasco, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a glass pie plate. Add tofu slices in 1 layer and marinate, turning over every couple of minutes, 8 minutes total.

Heat a lightly oiled well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Lift tofu from marinade with a slotted spatula (reserve marinade) and grill, turning over once carefully with spatula, until grill marks appear and tofu is heated through, 4 to 6 minutes total.

While tofu grills, heat remaining teaspoon vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté greens, tossing with tongs, until beginning to wilt. Add reserved marinade and sauté, tossing, until greens are just wilted, about 1 minute. Lift greens from skillet with tongs, letting excess marinade drip off, and divide between 2 plates.

Serve greens with tofu slices.

Makes 2 main-course servings.

(Original recipe HERE)

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