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Sweet and Sticky Tofu

Author: Rebecca Coleman

So I’ve been doing a weekly meal prep and making healthy pre-made/pre-packaged meals that allow me to grab and go. Or if I’m at home, I can easily just heat up in the microwave and eat. 

I’m doing things like soups packed with mostly vegetables and beans for protein, hard-boiled eggs, and “bowls” that consist of brown rice, a protein and vegetables. Protein can be either beans or tofu. The problem with tofu is that I always feel like no matter what I do to it, it always just tastes like tofu. So I’m experimenting with different sauces to make it tastier. 

I recently got my hands on an interesting new product, flavour-infused soy sauces. They have a plain soy sauce, and three flavoured options: garlic, ginger and sriracha. Perfect for Asian-inspired tofu, right? Those are the flavours I would normally infuse into my sauce by using either powdered or freshly-chopped garlic or ginger (or gochujang in the case of the spicy one). But by using the already-infused soy sauces, it’s a shortcut. 

If I had an air fryer, I’d probably try doing these in there, but I’m still on the fence about that particular appliance, so I just did these on the stove in my cast iron. 

The final result is kind of like a chicken wing; crispy, sweet, salty, sticky. Perfect overtop some rice and some sautéed veg. 

Ingredients

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup flavoured soy sauce of your choice (I used 1/2 garlic and 1/2 ginger) 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch 
  • splash of sesame oil 
  • garnish: sesame seeds and chopped green scallions

Method

  1. Remove the tofu from the package and place on a plate. Put something heavy on top of it, and leave it for an hour. 
  2. Cut the tofu into bite-sized pieces, then toss with 1 tbsp of cornstarch. 
  3. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small mason jar, and shake well to combine. 
  4. In a frying pan over medium-high heat, heat up a couple tablespoons of neutral oil, like canola. Add the tofu to it, and fry until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes. 
  5. Add the sauce and stir well. It will thicken very quickly. Toss the tofu well in the sauce to coat. 
  6. Serve atop a bed of rice, and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onion. 

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