Tofu and vegetables are cooked in the aromatic Asian sesame oil and creamy peanut butter. This is a spicy, crunchy, healthy stir fry done in a few minutes time.
This is something which I had made quite sometime back for a quick lunch. All my half written posts from the draft need to be posted, there are too many of them. I had some half a block of Tofu left after we had Tandoori Tofu the night before for dinner. For this recipe, I just threw in whatever I had at home; the blend of tofu, vegetables, sesame and the creamy peanut butter worked together really well.
Use the vegetables you want for your recipe.
Braised Tofu in Spicy Sesame, Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 block of Extra Firm Tofu, about 7 oz (I used the Nasoya Brand)
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 1 inch Piece of Fresh Ginger, grated
- 2-3 Hot Chili Pepper
- Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Onion, Cut in to big chunks
- 2 Teaspoons Sesame Seeds, (Lightly toasted)
- 1.5 Tablespoons Chunky Peanut Butter (Use smooth peanut butter if you don’t want the pieces)
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- Hot Sauce, like Sriracha ( to taste)
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil + 1.5 Teaspoon oil (any cooking oil)
Dry off the tofu by gently pressing the block with a paper towel. Slice the tofu into rectangles.
Squeeze half the grated ginger to extract the juice & pour the juice over the tofu & let it sit for at least half an hour. The more the tofu marinates the better.
Roughly crush half the amount of the toasted sesame, with a rolling pin or in a mortar & pestle. Set aside.
Mince the garlic & the hot peppers & crush them in the mortar or pestle (or with rolling pin). Set aside.
In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, hot sauce, the crushed sesame, garlic, ginger, hot pepper & salt + about 1/3 cup of water & whisk till well combined. This is going to be the sauce.
Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a skillet/pan. Place the tofu slices in a single layer & cook each side for a couple of minutes at medium heat. Remove & set aside.
Heat the rest of the oil. Add the chopped onions, broccoli, bell pepper (or whatever other veggies you would want to use) & quickly stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add the tofu slices carefully, so they do not break. Pour the ingredients for sauce in the pan. Bring it to a light boil, then reduce the heat & cover & cook for about 2-4 minutes. Uncover & increase the heat till some of the water in the sauce dries off.. there still will be a few tablespoons of sauce left, enough to cover the tofu & the veggies & little bit more.
Garnish with the rest of the sesame seeds & more hot peppers if you want.