Monday, March 19, 2012

Sweet Chili Lime Tofu

I was hoping to get all our meals cooked for the week today, and bake some cookies to use up the vegan shortening in my fridge. But then I sliced my thumb this morning while chopping onions and didn't have any bandaids. After the sliced thumb I decided to just stick to the essentials, cooking for the week. Not baking gave me time to watch Grey's Anatomy and read, so it all worked out in the end!

I didn't make this tofu today but it was one of the delicious things I've made recently. It's kind of similar to Matthew's Delicious Tofu (one of my favourite tofu recipes) but a little different as it has lime juice and mint. Basically pan fried tofu with a sweet-sour-spicy-salty-sticky sauce. I imagine it would be good with tempeh too, if you're not scared of it like I am.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Tofu and Broccolini in Peanut Sauce
Broccoli Cashew Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry
Sweet and Spicy Cashew Tofu
Lemon Miso Tofu and Eggplant

Sweet Chili Lime Tofu
Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum

Serves 4 (with vegetables and a grain)

1 package of extra firm tofu
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 3/4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 zest of a lime
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1/4 tsp salt
4 mint leaves, chiffonade

Prepare the sauce by whisking together all ingredients except the tofu.

Drain the tofu and cut it into small triangles. Heat a dry frying pan over medium heat. Spread the tofu out into a single layer, and cook for about 5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes.

Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the prepared sauce and stir to coat the tofu. The sauce should be bubbling. Turn off the heat, and serve.


Joanne said...

I highly approve of grey's anatomy's kind of the best. Isn't this christina/hunt situation driving you CRAZY?!?!!?

I love sweet salty spicy flavors together so I need to try this!

Mel said...

I made this recipe last year and really loved it, unfortunately my husband and son weren't into the lime and mint flavours. I should make it just for myself one day!

Hope your thumbs heals quickly, I have had a few minor chopping accidents lately after such a long time without mishap.

kickpleat said...

I love finding new ways to eat tofu. Looks delicious!

janet @ the taste space said...

oh no! your thumb! i hate it when that happens.... i usually plug along with at least making the recipe I was making.... although once i stopped to go to the emerg when i was making a pie. i popped the batter in the fridge and once i was stitched up, i came back to make the pie... and that's when i learned how wonderful pie dough is when left to rest and firm up in the fridge. it was even better than my mom's - same recipe - and she even agreed. :)

anyways, hope all is well and you didn't need to go to emerg.

Eileen said...

Ooh, tasty! But oh, your thumb!

I love fried marinated tofu--maybe I'll take advantage of some of the new mint sprouting in our yard to make a batch of this. :)

Johanna GGG said...

glazed tofu is delicious and love other ideas - sorry to hear about your thumb - so frustrating when you are all prepared to be organised but probably good for you to get some relaxation in

Ricki said...

This is an absolute "must-try" for me--sounds amazing! And of course anything from Vegan Yum Yum has to be good. :)

Hannah said...

What an interesting combination of bright flavors- Mint, lime, and chili! I wouldn't have thought they go together, but I'll take your word for it.

jen laceda said...

these look amazing! chilli lime is one of my fave combos ever!

Anonymous said...

Nice, a new version of my favorite tofu to try :)
Hope your thumb is feeling better. I hate when that happens as it always seems like it takes forever to heal!

Amee said...

I love that you served this over Kale and Quinoa. So healthy and two things I love. Whenever I visit your blog, I feel like you've invited me to dinner at what seems to be a very cozy home. now if only I could cyber-taste! :-)