Thursday, August 14, 2008
This recipe was loosely based on Deborah Madison's tofu recipe found in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. It's popular with adults and kids alike or adults who act like kids, or kids who, never mind... Everyone loves it! I have been feeding it to my kids for many years and cannot sing its praises enough.
Caramelized Tofu with Green Onions and Seaweed Gomasio
Gomasio is a mixture of roasted sesame seeds, sea salt and various seaweeds. It is great on a stir-fry, udon soup or sushi. Replace with sesame seeds if you cannot find it. If you are worried about salt content replace 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for water. The tofu will still caramelize beautifully and taste wonderful, just less salty.
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
16 oz of extra firm tofu, cubed
3 tablespoons of Gluten Free soy sauce, or other if gluten is okay
1 1/2 tablespoon of Grade A Pure Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons of Seaweed Gomasio (available at health food stores or asian markets)
1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
In a large nonstick pan, heat the oil on high. Add the tofu cubes, lower heat to medium high and saute, stirring frequently, until cubes are a light golden color.
In a cup mix the soy sauce and the maple syrup with a little whisk. Pour over the tofu and mix well. The sauce will bubble and caramelize. Keep stirring so that the sauce coats the tofu evenly. As the liquid evaporates the tofu will turn a gorgeous deep golden brown color. Add the Gomasio and give another stir. Add the green onions, saute for another minute and serve.