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Asian Garlic Tofu with Rice

Tofu marinated in an Asian-style garlic sauce that's packed with savory, delicious flavor! An easy dish that's perfect with a side of rice & steamed veggies.
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Marinating Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Gluten-Free Option, Vegan
Servings: 3 large bowls

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. extra-firm tofu
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • Optional for serving: cooked brown rice, quinoa, noodles, 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

Instructions

  • Remove excess moisture from the tofu by gently pressing it between towels. Then cut it into bite-sized cubes. (I cut mine about 3/4-inch.) Set aside.
  • Make the Asian Garlic Sauce: mince garlic. Then in a shallow pan, (I use an 8x8" glass baking dish) add the three ingredients for the garlic sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Add tofu cubes to the sauce and gently toss until thoroughly coated. (*Optional: if you have time, cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 30 minutes or a few hours.)
  • When ready, cook the tofu: in a medium/large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium heat.
  • Once oil is hot, carefully add the marinated tofu (with any remaining sauce) and spread out the cubes in a single layer. Simmer and cook without stirring for 5-7 minutes or until lightly seared on one side. Flip, and cook for another few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, 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 the pan becomes dry. The sauce should almost completely absorb into the tofu however.)
  • Great served warm over brown rice/quinoa (and garnished with sesame seeds or more green onions if desired).

Notes

*Marinating is optional but recommended. If you don't have time to marinate, the flavors won't be quite as bold, but it will still taste great.
For gluten-free: use tamari and a gluten-free hoisin sauce. (I use the San-J brand or Wok Mei for a GF hoisin sauce.)
Estimated nutritional content does not include brown rice or sesame seed garnish.

NUTRITION PER SERVING (ESTIMATE)

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg