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Tofu Recipes to Fall in Love With

Let's highlight one of the more underrated, but rave-worthy ingredients – Tofu!  These recipes will have you falling in love with this easy-to-cook pantry staple.  From flavorful and crispy air fryer tofu to a vegan bowl filled with ALL the colors, you’ll want to try each of these recipes.  But which one first?

Crispy Air Fryer Tofu

Not sure if you like tofu? Try this Crispy Air Fryer Tofu recipe, which has only 5 ingredients!  It works as a stand-alone appetizer, or you can toss it with veggies and serve on top of rice for a healthy lunch or dinner.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 15.5 ounces Simple Truth Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. HT Traders Sesame Oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp – 1 tsp. Harris Teeter Sriracha

Directions:

  1. Press tofu using a tofu press (or you place paper towels on top and bottom with a cast iron skillet and weights on top).  Allow to press for 30 minutes.

  2. Once pressed, sliced into 1 inch cubes.

  3. Mix soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and sriracha in a bowl.  Add tofu and stir to coat.  

  4. Add seasoned tofu to the basket of an air fryer in a single layer.  If the basket seems crowded, you can make this in two batches.  Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, tossing the tofu after the first five minutes.

  5. Serve hot – either by itself or with rice and veggies.


Vegan Buddha’s Delight

Brimming with vegetables and marinated tofu, this colorful classic vegan dish makes for a healthful start to the Chinese New Year – or a great meal to serve anytime you want to feel good about the food you eat.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes, plus time to marinate
  • Yield: 6 servings
    Ingredients:
  • 14 ounces Simple Truth Organic Firm Tofu, drained and cut into 1” cubes
  • 3 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. HT Traders Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots 
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • 1 Tbsp. grated freshly grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 – 14oz. can HT Trader’s Baby Corn in Brine, drained
  • 1 – 8 oz. can HT Traders Sliced Water Chestnuts, drained
  • ½ cup Simple Truth Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Corn Starch
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 packages 90-second Harris Teeter Brown Rice, cooked

Directions:

  1. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar and tofu in a bowl and toss to coat.  Marinate in the refrigerator for one hour,  then drain – reserving the marinade.

  2. Bring a large saucepan to boil and drop the broccoli and carrots in the water.  Cook for 1 minutes then pour into a colander and rinse with very cold water.  Set aside.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat.  Add the marinated tofu, which has been drained, and cook 5 minutes and lightly browned on all sides.  Stir in the scallions, ginger, and garlic.  Cook 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Add the broccoli and carrots, snow peas, corn, and water chestnuts.  Cook for 1 minute.  

  4. In a small bowl, whisk the corn starch and broth until smooth and pour it into the wok along with the reserved marinade and salt.  Bring to a boil and cook for three minutes or until thick. 

  5. Remove from heat and serve over rice.



Pan-Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu

This super crispy Pan-Fried Sesame Garlic Tofu will make you a tofu convert!  With bold Asian flavors and a sticky sauce, serve this over brown rice and steamed broccoli for a complete meal the next time you’re craving take out – without the guilt!

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 15.5 ounces Simple Truth Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 3 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Corn Starch, divided
  • ½ Tbsp. HT Traders Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ cup Harris Teeter Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp. Simple Truth Organic Honey
  • 1 ½ tsp. sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp. rice wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. Press tofu using a tofu press (or you place paper towels on top and bottom with a cast iron skillet and weights on top).  Allow to press for 30 minutes.

  2. Once the tofu has drained, cut into 1” cubes, and add to a bowl along with 2 Tbsp. cornstarch.  Toss to coat.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients – the remaining 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, soy sauce, water, honey, sambal oelek, garlic paste, and rice wine vinegar.

  4. Heat sesame oil and vegetable oil over medium high heat in a large skillet or wok.

  5. Add the tofu to the skillet and cook, browning it on all sides.  Once browned and crisped, pour in the sauce and toss to coat.  Once thickened, remove from heat.

  6. Serve with brown rice and steamed broccoli, if desired.


Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.