Asian Garlic Tofu w/ Broccoli & Rice

My parents have finally opted to start eating more vegan and vegetarian dishes, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This recipe is actually one my dad sent me from Spicy Southern Kitchen. I made it almost exactly as listed in the original recipe but didn’t love it. I knew it had potential though, so I made some slight revisions to give the tofu more texture. Now, we love it!

Time: 1 hr

Type: Entree

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli, washed and chopped into florets
  • 1 cup of dry brown rice (makes about two cups cooked)
  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • For the sauce
    • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 chopped green onions for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. While preheating, wrap tofu in a clean, absorbent towel and set something heavy on top – like a cast-iron skillet – to press out excess moisture.
  3. Once oven is preheated, unwrap tofu and cut into small cubes. Arrange on the lined baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 28-30 minutes or until puffy, dried out, and slightly crispy on the edges. This step helps crisp up the tofu.
  4. Cook the rice. Boil two cups of water on the stove; once boiling, add the cup of brown rice and reduce the heat to low. Remove from stove once water is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Prepare the sauce. In a medium bowl, stir together Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Once the tofu is done baking, add to the sauce and let marinate for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. While the tofu is marinating, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the chopped broccoli and season with salt and pepper, stirring occasionally. Remove from the skillet once the broccoli is soft, about 10 minutes.
  8. Turn the skillet up to medium-high heat. Once really hot, add tofu and sauce. Once nicely seared on the bottom, flip over (after 3-4 minutes). Continue to cook until seared on bottom (another 2-3 minutes).
  9. Drizzle tofu with 1 tsp sesame oil, add the broccoli and green onions to the skillet, and remove from heat.
  10. Stir and serve with rice.

 

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