Crispy Glazed Tofu With Bok Choy
From EatingWell: March/April 2014
Pressing tofu helps extract liquid so it cooks up perfectly in this healthy Chinese tofu recipe. Look for plum sauce—a sweet-and-sour condiment—near other Chinese sauces in most supermarkets. Serve with steamed brown rice.
- 1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained
- 1/4 cup plum sauce
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine (see Tips)
- 2 teaspoons canola oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
- 3 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 4 baby bok choy, quartered lengthwise
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds (see Tips)
- Fold a kitchen towel in half and place on a cutting board. Cut tofu in half horizontally and set on the towel. Put another folded towel and a weight (such as a heavy skillet) on the tofu; let drain for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk plum sauce, ketchup, soy sauce and rice wine in a small bowl and place near the stove.
- Cut the pressed tofu into 3/4-inch cubes and place near the stove.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallions, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add bok choy and cook, turning, until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, cover and steam until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer everything to a plate. Wipe the pan dry.
- Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and heat until shimmering. Add the tofu in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes more. Add the sauce; cook, stirring, until the tofu is well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with the bok choy, sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Tips & Notes
- Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine used in Chinese cooking to flavor sauces, marinades and stir-fries. Look for it in Asian specialty markets or with other Asian ingredients in large supermarkets. Dry sherry can be used as a substitute.
- For the best flavor, toast nuts and seeds before using in a recipe. To toast small nuts, chopped nuts & seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 209 calories; 11 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 9 g added sugars; 5 g total sugars; 12 g protein; 3 g fiber; 557 mg sodium; 922 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (148% daily value), Vitamin C (79% dv), Calcium (38% dv), Potassium (26% dv), Folate (25% dv), Iron (23% dv), Magnesium (17% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat
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- Type of Dish
- Main dish, vegetarian
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- Main Ingredient
- Vegetarian, soy
- Preparation/ Technique
- March/April 2014