Tuesday, May 26, 2009

teriyaki baked tofu

tofu is pretty much a punchline. but imagine a tofu dish that everyone would like. having trouble? well, it exists and i made it. really, i swear. The Boy even ate it and LIKED it. tofu. he liked tofu. so here's the deal.

if you bake tofu, it allows you to get it crispy and chewy, which vastly improves the texture. and we all know tofu takes on the taste of its marinade exceptionally well, so if it's a good one, the tofu is sure to taste great! you certainly don't have to use a teriyaki marinade, anything will do. peanut sauce, bbq sauce, something meatloaf like, vinaigrette, you name it. like spicy food? throw in some hot sauce or red pepper flakes. got it? this is really more about a method than a recipe.

so how did i make my tofu? alright, alright, i'll give you a recipe. once you have the finished product, it's perfect on salads or just darn good for snacking!

teriyaki baked tofu

  • extra firm tofu
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • mirin
  • some will say you should press your tofu. i say wrap it up in some paper towels and squeeze a couple of times. this should be good enough...
  • slice the tofu lengthwise. i sliced my package of tofu into 4 thin pieces.
  • mince garlic and ginger. add to marination receptacle (i find that a large ziploc baggie works particularly well).
  • add the sesame oil, soy sauce and mirin. the liquids should equal about 1/3-1/2 of a cup and i make at least half of that liquid soy sauce. add to marination receptacle.
  • marinate! at LEAST a half hour. depending on how hungry you are:
  • put on a baking sheet and bake in a 325-350 degree oven until crispy and golden. about 30-45 minutes.

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