Monday, June 14, 2010

Tofu: Friend or Foe?

Tofu can be yummy and here is one easy recipe that proves it.

This is yet another delightful dish from Dreena Burton. I've made it several times and each time it leaves me wanting more.

Believe it!

Orange Sesame Tofu


2 tsp arrowroot powder

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (or, let's face it, pure OJ from a carton works just as well, people)

1 tsp orange zest

3 tbsp tamari (I've used soy sauce as a substitute)

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 pkg extra firm tofu, sliced 1/4-1/2 in thick squares, and patted to remove excess moisture

1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced for garnish

1-2 tbsp sesame seeds for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In an 8x12 inch baking dish, combine arrowroot with 2 tbsp orange juice and stir until fully dissolved. Add remaining juice and ingredients, except tofu, green onions, and sesame seeds, and stir to combine.

Add tofu and turn to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 1 hour or more, or bake immediately.

To bake, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Turn over tofu, gently stir to cover tofu with sauce, and bake again, uncovered, for another 6-9 minutes, or until sauce thickens and is bubbling at edges.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds, and serve.

I like to serve this with brown basmati rice (cooked in coconut milk with a splash of lime juice) and a sauteed green (spinach or chard). Enjoy!

What do you do with tofu?

Cheers, Jeannie


  1. girl, that looks seriously delicous. seriously. what i like about tofu is that it really doesn't have a distinct taste so it takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking or the marinate. kids typically like it too b/c the texture makes it easy for little mouths to chew.

  2. that should be marinade with a D, not t. oops.

  3. Erin, I knew what you meant. :-)
    Good point about tofu taking on the flavor you give it. I never thought of it that way.
    By the way, for this reason, I would highly recommend letting the tofu marinate for a couple hours in this recipe. It really soaks up all of those yummy ingredients.

  4. friend, definitely friend. i love love tofu.

    cooked or raw.

    i throw it into salads (extra firm) or stir fry with veggies

    one of my faves is peanut butter ginger tofu.

  5. Chimmy, pleeeeeeeeease send the recipe for PB Ginger Tofu! Sounds tasty.

  6. Wow, I mostly just make Mabo tofu. Comes in a box in the supermarket in Chinatown. Gotta try this one.