Tofu is marinated in a savory Asian garlic sauce that BOOMS with savory, delicious flavor! An easy dish that’s great with a side of steamed veggies.
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!
Asian Garlic Tofu with Rice
Tofu is marinated in a savory Asian garlic sauce that BOOMS with savory, delicious flavor! An easy dish that's great with a side of steamed veggies.
- 1 lb. extra firm tofu
- 1 cup 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 (see notes for gluten-free)
- 2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- Remove excess moisture from the tofu by gently pressing it between towels. Then cut it into about 1 inch cubes.
- Mince garlic. Then in a shallow pan, (I use an 8x8" glass baking dish) add the 3 ingredients for the garlic sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add tofu cubes to the sauce and gently toss until thoroughly coated. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- After tofu marinates and rice is almost finished cooking, begin cooking the tofu: 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.
- Slice green onions and add to the pan during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. (Sometimes I add a little more hoisin or tamari if it becomes dry.)
- Serve tofu over a hot bed of rice, garnished with sesame seeds or more green onions if desired.
For gluten-free: use tamari and a gluten-free hoisin sauce. I use San-J brand hoisin (or Wok Mei also makes a gf hoisin sauce).
Nutrition Per Serving (estimate)
Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3.2% | Vitamin C: 4.4% | Calcium: 8.7% | Iron: 16.6%