Ginger-Garlic Tofu

For a family-pleasing (and very balanced!) meal, serve this flavorful dish with brown rice and steamed broccoli.

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Hands-on time:
15 minutes
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Total time:
30 minutes
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Makes
4
Servings

Kitchen Gear

Clean dish towel or paper towels
Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring spoons
Measuring cup
Small pot
Skillet
Spatula or tongs

Ingredients

1 14-ounce block firm or extra-firm tofu
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1⁄3 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes or more
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
2 scallions, sliced

Instructions

Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. To prepare the tofu for cooking:
    1. Pull the plastic off the tofu container (you may need to cut it with a knife) and tip the liquid out of it. Put the tofu on the cutting board and cut it into 4 equal pieces, then cut each of those pieces in half the other direction to end up with 8 pieces.
    2. Now put a dish towel or 2 layers of paper towel on the cutting board and put the tofu on top. Let drain at least 20 minutes (and up to 2 hours), then put the dish towel in the wash or the paper towels in the trash.

  2. To make the sauce (while the tofu is draining):
    1. Put the soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, sesame oil (if you like it), and chili pepper flakes (if you want to make it spicy) in a small pot.
    2. Put the pot on the stove and turn it to high. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. The sauce should have halved and be thicker than it was. Set the sauce aside.

  3. To cook the tofu:

    1. Put the skillet on the stove, turn the heat to medium, and carefully add the oil.
    2. Add the tofu and cook until it is golden brown underneath, about 3 minutes. Use the spatula to turn the tofu over and cook until golden, 3 more minutes.
    3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook 1 minute.
    4. Serve right away, sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions.

Add any of the following extras to each serving:

1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
   or basil leaves
¼- ½ teaspoon chili sauce (Sriracha)