With all the fancy vegan meat alternatives available nowadays, sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple with tasty and tantalizing tofu. This recipe for ginger garlic tofu is likely to find itself on regular rotation throughout the week and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!
Tofu is such a wonderful food for vegan cooking because it takes on the flavor of whatever you flavor it with and can take on various textures depending on how it’s prepared and what type of tofu you’re using. Want savory and sweet? This ginger garlic tofu is for you. Like a little spice? Bust out the pepper! Dreaming of deep-fried? Batter up! There are so many different (and delicious) ways to enjoy and prepare this awesome vegan superfood.
This recipe calls for extra firm tofu, which is commonly used for making stir-fries and frying. If you’d like to learn more about all things tofu, check out our comprehensive tofu guide!
Serving Up Your Ginger Garlic Tofu
Excited to dig into your tofu but aren’t sure how exactly to enjoy it? Well, lucky you, we’ve got plenty of awesome suggestions ahead! One of the best things about tofu is how well it goes with so many different foods. It’s perfect for batch cooking to enjoy throughout the week and freezes wonderfully. So without further ado, here are our rockin’ recommendations:
Never Enough Noodles – Noodles and tofu go together like, well, noodles and tofu! The savory, fluffy, comforting texture of noodles pairs perfectly with the more meaty, garlicky ginger tofu. There’s really not much better for a weeknight or weekend pick-me-up than this Teriyaki Stir Fry Over Noodles. If you can’t get enough peanut, these Soba Noodles With Peanut Sauce are an awesome option. Gluten-free? Just substitute with your choice of noodle or keep it simple with this tasty Asian Zucchini Noodle Bowl.
Rice Is Nice – Rice is a great way to enjoy your ginger garlic tofu. Whether you like white, brown, or cauliflower rice, there’s really no way to go wrong, especially when you’re making a buddha bowl. Bon appétit!
Tofu is a great and super tasty way to get your daily dose of amino acids, protein, and other nutrients. One 3.5-ounce serving of tofu contains 8 grams of protein, 31% of the recommended amount of manganese, and high levels of calcium, selenium, phosphorus, and more. It’s also naturally gluten-free so if you can’t do seitan, tofu makes an amazing and nutritious substitute. If you can’t do soy, you could always try Burmese tofu!
Garlicky-Ginger Marinated Tofu Triangles
Author: Toni Okamoto & Michelle Cehn
5 from 6 votes
There once was a time when we avoided tofu like the plague, but as soon as we learned how to prepare it tastefully, we fell in love. Today, it's one of our favorite foods! This recipe is an easy way to make tofu taste great, and it is fabulous served as a side or added to a dish.
3stalks of green onion, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
juice of 1 small lemon
2tablespoonsof brown sugar
1 ½tablespoonsof fresh ginger, grated
Cut tofu into ⅓ inch thick triangular slices, place in a large casserole dish, and set aside.
To create the marinade, thoroughly mix together the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl and pour over the tofu. Allow tofu to sit for a minimum of two hours, or overnight for a richer taste. Flip tofu halfway in-between.
Once tofu is marinated, place a large sauté pan over high heat. Add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add as many tofu slices as will fit in one layer. Cook until tofu is browned on the bottom, 2-3 minutes. Flip the pieces, and brown on the other side, about 2 minutes. Pour in the marinade mixture, and cook until tofu darkens slightly, about 45 seconds. Flip tofu and repeat.
Garnish with remaining thinly sliced green onion and enjoy!
Tofu is fantastic for batch cooking to enjoy in meals throughout the week or just as a quick snack. In the fridge, it’ll keep about 3-4 das when stored in an airtight container. It’ll freeze for up to 8 months! Using a freezer-safe bag is fine but an airtight freezer-safe container is ideal! To defrost, just take out your preferred amount about 30 minutes prior to when you’d like to enjoy it or pop it in the microwave if you’re in a rush.
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