Friday, June 15, 2007

Tofu Magic


I have been incredibly impressed with How It All Vegan and The Garden of Vegan cookbooks. (I still need to get La Dolce Vegan.) The recipes are usually really simple - too simple to taste as good as they often do. I was looking for something easy to make so decided on "Matthew's Delicious Tofu" not expecting anything out of the ordinary, but it was SO GOOD! Without a doubt one of the best tofu experiences - crispy/hard on the outside, really great flavour, slightly sweet. And of course it was really easy to make. Basically tofu magic.

Matthew's Delicious Tofu
Adapted from The Garden of Vegan

2-3 servings (with rice)

1 lb medium firm tofu, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1/4 tsp chili flakes
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup dry roasted almonds, chopped (optional)

In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, saute the tofu in oil until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the garlic, ginger, and chili. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Cover and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Garnish with almonds if desired.

27 comments:

Amrita said...

Hey! thanks for stopping by my blog! Your food creations look delicious!! =) I'm sooo linking you :)

Kristen said...

That really does look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I made this tonight, and it was absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the recipe. I added about 8 or 9 roughly chopped shiitake mushrooms at the tofu-browning stage, and added about 5 chopped green onions at the garlic/ginger stage. I served it with quinoa. The almonds were delicious. I think it would be great too with cashews.

eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Glad you liked it. =) Shiitake mushrooms sound like an excellent addition.

Anonymous said...

Although I eat tofu regularly, I am not a big fan of it... but this recipe for Matthew's Delicious Tofu is the best tofu preparation I have ever tasted! Don't leave out the almonds, because they really add a lot to the final taste. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Best wishes from Salem, Oregon.

Anonymous said...

This was amazingly good. I used cashews instead of almonds and rice noodles--new favorite meal.

Anonymous said...

first time cooking tofu... and i have a new love now! thank you thank you thank you...

Paula Brett said...

Just made this tonight for some friends! Excellente!

Rick Wargo said...

Made this excellent meal tonight. I substituted agave nectar for the maple syrup and threw in some sweet onion when browning the tofu. Served with cabbage instead of rice. Thanks!

Rick Wargo

Catherine said...

So I made this last night for my boyfriend (a meat and potatoes fella) who upon finding out we were having tofu informed me he was not eating it. I put just one bite on his plate requesting that he at least try it. He ended up going back for thirds!!! Excellent recipe!!! I added the shitake mushrooms when the tofu was browning and had to substitute honey for maple syrup.

eatme_delicious said...

Paula & Rick: Glad you enjoyed it! =)

Catherine: Hurray! That's so awesome to have found a way to make tofu that your boyfriend will enjoy. Adding shiitake mushrooms when the tofu is browning is a brilliant idea.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a ton!!!! I love it and plan on becoming a frequent visitor to your blog!

E said...

This is AMAZING! This was my first tofu recipe and I was NOT disappointed at all. I did add mushrooms and a little more chili sauce (I love heat). THANK YOU!

Downtown Mama said...

This was the first recipe I tried from your blog. It's heavenly!! Thanks so much :)

janet @ the taste space said...

I finally made it! Yummers! Thanks for sharing it, Ashley. :)

http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/sweet-and-sour-hot-and-spicy-tofu-with-broccoli-aka-matthews-delicious-tofu/

jessi said...

This was my first time ever making tofu and I loved it! I used honey instead of the syrup and added it to a spicy, orangey, cashew stir fry with wheat noodles I threw together...mmm...delicious! Thanks! I also just found your blog and am very grateful for it. I'm trying to go vegan, at least for a while. Everything looks great! :)

eatme_delicious said...

jessi: Yaey so glad you loved it. Good luck with trying out veganism! :)

AnnaG said...

This was a fabulous and easy recipe... the first I've tried off your blog! Looking forward to more :)

eatme_delicious said...

AnnaG: Happy to hear you liked it! :) It's a favourite of mine too.

LegalizeMarijuana said...

my first time cooking tofu, so i tried this and its great, i am very surprised.

tamig83 said...

I"ve tried and failed at tofu many times. This is the first recipe I would make again and again. Thanks

eatme_delicious said...

tamig83: So glad you enjoyed this. :)

Lynne Knowlton said...

Giving this a try tonight ! Can't wait !! Thanks for sharing . It looks delicious ( and I can't believe I just said that about tofu :))
I am going to 'stumble' this recipe on stumbleupon so others can enjoy it as well !
Cheers
Lynne *_*

Anonymous said...

Which tastes better.. honey or maple syrup?? i cant wait to make it

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

I have all of Sara Kramer's books and somehow never noticed this recipe. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it here. Made it tonight, was so delicious! thanks!

Anonymous said...

i'd like to make this recipe as a second main course for my vegetarian friends. i'm having 20 people so how much should i make and how much can i do ahead? trying to get as much done ahead as possible.

Suzanne Scow said...

All I can say is WOW. This recipe is so amazingly delicious! Thanks so much for posting. I don't know how to cook tofu and this just blew me away at how good it was!