Sesame Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

I’ll be the first one to admit that in my younger days, when I use to see the tofu section on a restaurant menu, i’d quickly shuffle my eyes away, I couldn’t even let my brain consider it for a second. Nope. Not that. Anything but mush on a plate.
I’ll be the first one to admit that in my younger days, when I use to see the tofu section on a restaurant menu, i’d quickly shuffle my eyes away, I couldn’t even let my brain consider it for a second. Nope. Not that. Anything but mush on a plate.

INGREDIENTS:
STIR FRY:
  • 1- 14 ounce extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola, coconut)
  • 2 1/2 cups green beans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced or baby carrots cut lengthwise

SAUCE:
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Place a folded tea towel in the shape of the tofu on a plate. Drain the tofu from the package and place the tofu on the prepared plate. Place another tea towel on top (in the shape of the tofu) followed by another plate and 2-28 ounce cans or anything that weighs 2-3 pounds to help remove the water from the tofu. Let the tofu dry for at least 15-20 minutes and ideally, I like to let it go for an hour. Once dry, cut the tofu up into 1-inch cubes and toss in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
  2. While the tofu is drying, prepare the sauce. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Set side.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil and swirl to coat pan. Add the cubed tofu to the pan and let fry for 3 minutes. Flipping the tofu as needed to brown all sides. Add 2 tablespoons of the prepared sauce to the tofu and allow to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. When the tofu is caramelized, remove to a plate.