Indonesian Tofu Satés
From EatingWell: January/February 2008
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.
- 1/4 cup kecap manis, (see Ingredient Note)
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 21 ounces (about 1 1/2 packages) extra-firm water-packed tofu, patted dry and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 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.
- 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 satés with the reserved peanut sauce for dipping.
Tips & Notes
- 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.
Per serving: 232 calories; 14 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 2 g fiber; 525 mg sodium; 37 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Iron (15% daily value).
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 2 medium-fat meat, 1 fat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- Main Ingredient
- Vegetarian, soy
- New Year's Eve
- January/February 2008