Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Crispy Tofu with Garlic and Broccoli in a Soy-Hoison Sauce

Whenever I make tofu, I make things up as I go along, never following a recipe. I love how versatile tofu is, the different textures available, and how you can add so much flavor very easily.

You guessed it, Jon wasn't home for dinner tonight! I usually cook tofu when he isn't home, and decided to make a variation of my
Crispy Tofu with Mushrooms and Garlic.

  • 1 block firm tofu, cut into thirds
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Approximately 1 tbsp chopped white onion
  • 2 tbsp cooking sherry
  • 1 small head broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Hoison
  • 1 tsp (or less) red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 green onion, chopped


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add tofu; remove after 5 minutes. Drain and press some of the water out. Chop into bite sized pieces.
  • Heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick pan
  • Add tofu and cook until browned on all sides, about 12-15 minutes. Once cooked, remove tofu and let drain on a plate covered with a paper towel. Note - the tofu will still be somewhat wet so be careful when you add it to the oil! I wore an apron tonight to protect me from the splatter.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan; saute 2 minutes.
  • Add cooking sherry, cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and red pepper flakes; saute 3-4 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth mixed with soy sauce, brown sugar, and Hoison. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove a few tbsp of the sauce to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the pan and stir.
  • Return the tofu to the pan along with half of the green onions. Let simmer for a few minutes.
  • Serve over noodles and top with the rest of the green onions.

This sauce was so wonderfully flavorful, and the red pepper flakes added just a touch of heat to keep it from being too sweet. I love browning tofu like this - the outside gets nice and crispy, and the sauce really sticks to it.

I have said it before and I'll say it again - if you haven't already, try tofu! I know the name doesn't sound very appetizing and people usually cringe at the mention of it, but once you try it I think you will like it!

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Sarah said...

Love your tofu dishes! I'm always looking for different ways to use tofu. Thanks!

mamakrystal said...

Yuuuuuuum! I'm saving this for a rainy day!

Cate said...

Mmm...I love dishes like this. I'll have to go look for hoisin sauce!

Ashley said...

It's so great seeing more tofu recipes - I love it!