Make this sweet and sour tofu in minutes and forget about the takeout!
It took me a long time to warm up to the idea of tofu. I pretty much thought all versions of it were like the slimy disgusting stuff you find in the warmed up toilet water they call miso soup. Once I realized Chinese takeout is probably not the best barometer for judging a food’s potential, however, the world of crispy pan fried tofu squares opened up.
Crispy sweet & sour tofu
Make this sweet and sour tofu in minutes and forget about the takeout! The outside is super crispy and glazed in sweet and sour sauce. Perfect with some white rice.
- 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed & cubed
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped mint
- Toss the cubed tofu with the corn meal and salt in a large bowl.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the tofu and let cook for about 5 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Flip each cube over and cook again until the other side is browned.
- While tofu cooks, make a paste out of the garlic and ginger, add to a small bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and whisk together.
- Remove the tofu to a plate.
- Add the sauce from the bowl to the hot skillet and let cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add the tofu back to the skillet and toss until fully coated with the sauce.
- Serve with white rice and garnish with scallions.