Many people have never prepared tofu. Some people don’t even know the difference between tofu, tempeh and seitan. And if they did try tofu once, they might say it’s tasteless. I’m here to defend tofu. I think tofu is great and it can be very tasty as long as you know how to prepare it.
The key to preparing tofu is marinating. If you make a good marinade, your tofu will taste great. Tofu is like a sponge. It might taste like one if you don’t prepare it right, but it also really soaks up the marinade. So you can give tofu any flavor that you want.
Below is a vegetarian dinner recipe for tofu in soy-honey marinade. You can easily make this dish vegan by replacing the honey with maple syrup.
I got this recipe from Hello Fresh.
Recipe Tofu in soy-honey marinade
250 grams tofu
2 cm fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1 red pepper
40 ml soy sauce
400 grams green beans
150 ml coconutmilk
170 grams rice
10 grams sesame seeds
3 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
Dry the tofu with kitchen towel. Peel and grate the ginger. Finely chop the garlic. Remove the seeds from the pepper and cut finely.
In a bowl mix the soy sauce, honey, ginger, half of the red pepper and half of the garlic.
Dice the tofu. Optionally you can pinch some holes in the tofu with a fork, this way the tofu will soak up the marinade better. Put the tofu in the marinade for at least 10 minutes.
Remove the ends of the beans and cut them in half. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, add the remaining garlic and remaining red pepper and the green beans. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally.
In the meantime; bring 250ml water and the coconut milk to a boil and cook the rice in a pan with a lid. Cook the rice in 12-15 minutes (covered), let it steam off without the lid afterwards.
Heat the sesame seeds in a frying pan without oil until they start coloring. Set aside.
Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and bake the tofu with the marinade on low to medium fire for about 4 minutes per side. Stir occasionally.
Divide the rice over two plates or bowls. Serve with the green beans and tofu and garnish with the sesame seeds.