Here we skewer and broil cubes of extra-firm tofu and serve them with peanut sauce for a vegetarian version of the popular Indonesian street food. The accompanying peanut sauce is filled with exquisite sweet, hot and salty flavors but omits the often-used coconut milk, which is high in saturated fat. This flexible recipe works with tofu or chicken. If serving a group with some vegetarians and some meat eaters, prepare half chicken and half tofu and marinate them separately.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine kecap manis, soy sauce, garlic, oil, vinegar, cumin and coriander in a small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade in a medium bowl. Place tofu in a large sealable plastic bag. Pour the remaining marinade into the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

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  • Add peanut butter, water, ketchup and hot sauce to taste to the reserved marinade and whisk to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a broiler pan or baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  • Remove the tofu from the marinade and thread equal amounts onto six 12-inch skewers. (If using wooden skewers, cover the exposed end of each skewer with foil to prevent burning.) Broil the skewers until the tofu is heated through, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve the sates with the reserved peanut sauce for dipping.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 day ahead.

Equipment: Six 12-inch skewers

Ingredient note: Kecap manis is a thick, palm sugar-sweetened soy sauce. It's used as a flavoring, marinade or condiment in Indonesian cooking. Find it in Asian food markets or online at importfood.com. To substitute for kecap manis, whisk 1 part molasses with 1 part reduced-sodium soy sauce.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

206.1 calories; protein 11g 22% DV; carbohydrates 13.6g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.9g 8% DV; sugars 9.2g; fat 11.6g 18% DV; saturated fat 2g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 45.1IU 1% DV; vitamin c 1mg 2% DV; folate 19.4mcg 5% DV; calcium 210.1mg 21% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 39.7mg 14% DV; potassium 179.4mg 5% DV; sodium 496.4mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2019
yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2013
Liked it! Made mini kebabs for a potluck. I used tofu pineapple and red onion on each one. They were good but I thought the sauce was a little boring on flavor. I added soy sauce and a little sugar which helped. I sometimes struggle with finding tofu recipes that my husband likes. Marinated this one overnight and he went back for seconds. I would definitely make the kebabs again but I will probably use a different recipe for the peanut sauce. Pros: Easy Cons: Burns kind of easily Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2013
This is amazing! The sauce is bursting with flavour! Read More
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