May 6, 2014

Asian Garlic Tofu with Rice


I love that this dish is so simple, yet booming with flavor. Tofu is marinated in a sticky sweet sauce made with hoisin, garlic, and soy sauce. If you're not familiar with hoisin, I hope you get familiar! It's like a thick, flavorful Asian BBQ sauce. (Yes!) The first time I used it was for this Vegetable Lo Mein and knew I had to start working it into more meals. The wonderful flavor and texture is perfect for an easy marinade. I love serving this dish alongside fresh steamed veggies!


Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari and gf hoisin)

Ingredients
1 lb. extra firm tofu
1 cup dry rice (or quinoa)
4-5 green onions
1-2 Tbsp. sesame oil or olive oil
Optional: red pepper flakes, sesame seeds for topping

{For the Asian garlic sauce}
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (I recommend Wok Mei brand for gluten-free)
2 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
2-3 cloves garlic, minced

Directions
In a shallow pan, add the 3 ingredients for the sauce. Stir to combine.
Press the tofu between towels to remove excess moisture. Cut into about 1 inch cubes.
Add to the sauce and gently toss until thoroughly coated. Cover and place in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, slice green onions.
In a skillet, heat 1-2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.
Add the marinated tofu and spread out in a single layer. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes or until browned on one side. Flip them, and cook for another few minutes.
Add the green onions for the last minute or two of cooking. Sometimes I add a little more hoisin if it dries out too much.
Serve over a hot bed of rice (or quinoa).

*Note: if you'd like to reduce the sodium content, replace 1 Tbsp. of the soy sauce with vegetable broth or water.

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50 comments:

  1. mmm this is one of my favorite meals!!

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  2. I've been looking for a new tofu recipe and this sounds really tasty and easy.

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  3. Wow, Kaitlin! This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. I'll be putting it on next week's menu, for sure!

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    1. Thanks Nichole! :) I hope you guys love it!!

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  4. Just tried your black bean tacos with avocado dressing, it was DELISH!!!!! Enjoyed them so much better than the meat browned with taco season!!! We also tried Asian Spaghetti very yummy as well!!! I can't express how excited I am that a found your site!!! Thank You Thank You!!!!!

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    1. Hi Cheryle! Aww, thanks so much for your sweet comments :) So happy you're enjoying some recipes here! I LOVE hearing people get so excited about the site. Hope you continue to enjoy any other recipes you try!!

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  5. Easy and tasty, just made this for my family, it was a hit! Thank you!

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    1. Awesome Shirly! So glad you all enjoyed it! Thanks for the message :)

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  6. Hi! Would this last in the fridge for 5 days? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Tara! Our leftovers have only lasted about 1-2 days in the fridge before getting eaten up, so anything past that I'm really not sure. It may last another couple days, but might dry out a little - in which case you could add some extra hoisin when reheating! :)

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  7. This is one of my all time favorite tofu recipes!! So good!!

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    1. Thanks! Mine too :) So glad you enjoy it!

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  8. Was very good... HOWEVER.... It's not gluten free UNLESS u specifically find GF hoisin sauce. Regular has wheat in it. Tamari is always gluten free. Please be careful if u have an allergy!! Thank goodness we caught it before serving.

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much for your comment, and my apologies for not being more specific about the hoisin in case people didn't know! SO very glad you caught it before serving - yikes! I just updated the recipe, making a note about the hoisin sauce so it's clear for those with allergies. The Wok Mei brand is all natural and gluten-free which is what I recommend. I really need to try making homemade hoisin one of these days!! :) My apologies again and thanks for your comment. Happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe!

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  9. My tofu is in the fridge marinating right now. This is such an easy recipe! I'll for sure be posting a pic on Instagram tonight and I'll be sure to tag you :)

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    1. Hi Jen! Yessss! So excited to see your pic :) I just made a variation of it earlier this week - can't get enough! Hope you love it just as much!

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  10. Two I would like to make that right now

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  11. I just made this for lunch. I doubled the recipe and let the tofu sit in the marinade for about 2 hours. Because of this, there was no extra sauce; only my wife wanted it to be more saucy. VERY easy to make and super delicious. Thanks!

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    1. Nice Dan!! Glad you enjoyed it! I need to learn from you and double it next time because I never seem to have enough ;) Have a great week!

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  12. I've been needing a simple tofu recipe.. (I have yet to make a tofu dish) This looks simple enough! Thanks!!

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    1. Yay Kate! Hope you enjoy your first tofu cooking experience! I make this one all the time - very simple and flavorful :) Wishing you a lovely week!

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  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks moist and delicious!

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  14. Do the sauce ingredients need to be heated before marinating? Your instructions say to use a shallow pan and stir, but I can't tell if that's over a burner or just to mix the ingredients together cold... Thanks!

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    1. Hey Rebekah! No heating necessary - I just mix it cold. Super easy! :) Hope you enjoy!!

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  15. I tried this recipe, but I used rice noodles instead of rice and it was AMAZING!!! Oh but next time I might cut the tofu a little smaller than the recipe says, 1 inch is a bit big for me, but otherwise it was soooooo good!!!

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    1. Hi!! Great to hear! I LOVE that you used noodles instead, YUM!! Definitely doing that next time :)

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  16. Soooo good. I added some finely chopped jalapeños to the mixture and used 1 tbsp of tamari and 1 tbsp of Liquid Amino Acids and oh man. Definitely making this again!

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    1. Sorry. Quick addendum: I added 1/2 tsp of the Liquid Amino Acids.

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    2. NICE!! I never thought to add jalapenos, how clever! Thanks for sharing your awesome adaptions - so glad you enjoyed it, Nona! :)

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  17. Making this tomorrow! How many servings does it make?

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    1. Hi! I'd estimate 3-4 servings - hope you enjoyed it! :)

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  18. Making this with honey garlic instead but following the rest! Can't wait! Never used tofu before!

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    1. Hi Ashley! Yay - hope your first tofu cooking experience was a success!! :) Have a great week!

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  19. Amazingly delicious! This was my first time cooking with tofu, and I'm so grateful I did it with this recipe. My husband loved it... actually, my whole family loved it. I found a recipe for a homemade hoisin sauce and it was so good! This is a keeper. Thank you, Kaitlin, for sharing this recipe ;-)

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    1. Hi Aura! Thanks for your kind words - so happy your whole family enjoyed it! (We just made it again a couple nights ago too, yum!) Homemade hoisin sounds delicious!! Have a great week :)

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    1. Kaitlin I have been trying to add more none animal protien to my meals. This looks delicious but as a diabetic Iam wondering about the carb count.

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    2. Hi Sharon! That's wonderful you're adding more non-animal proteins to your diet. There are so many wonderful foods to play around with, hope you have fun experimenting!

      Due to the many variables, I don't provide nutritional stats on the site but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  21. Unfortunately this was just too sweet for me. This was my first time using hoisin sauce, so, perhaps, lesson learned. Actually, if you remove the hoisin sauce (and add eggs and veggies), this is pretty much my usual fried rice recipe, so I think I'll stick with that. Nevertheless, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Bridget! Bummer it was too sweet for you, but thanks for your input!

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  22. Kaitlin, I'm so happy I found your site. I'm trying to change over to a plant-based diet (pretty much there), and you have some great recipes. I'm going to try this one for Asian Garlic Tofu. I don't have any hoisin sauce, but I have a jar of Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce which it says in parentheses that it is Chinese barbecue sauce. Do you think that would work in place of the hoisin sauce?

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    1. Hi Janzelle! Thanks for your kind words - absolutely thrilled to hear about your transition to plant-based!! <3 I've never had that particular sauce before, but it sounds similar so I'd give it a try! Would love to hear how it turns out! :)

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  23. Hi there, I made this for lunch today and it turned out amazing! I did not expect tofu to have as much flavor as it did. I marinated it overnight and served it with a simple fried rice. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    1. Yay!! Great idea, I love pairing this with fried rice :D I'm pretty sure this is still my favorite tofu recipe - so glad you tried it and enjoyed! Have a great week! :)

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