Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Healthy and very tasty! Times are estimates. Edited to add that you must drain the tofu or this recipe won't work.
- 2 1⁄2 cups broccoli florets
- 1⁄4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, Yamasa's the best
- 1⁄3 cup water, approximately
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 (16 ounce) package extra firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- Cover a cutting board with paper towels or towels. Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch-wide by 1/2-inch-thick long strips. Place the tofu on the cutting board and lay a weight such as a heavy frying pan on top. Drain for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Steam the broccoli until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes, then plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain and set aside.
- In a small, shallow bowl, combine the tahini, 1 tablespoon of the tamari, and enough water to make a smooth sauce. Place the sesame seeds on a plate. Dredge the tofu strips in the tahini mixture, then coat with the sesame seeds.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working with batches, add the tofu strips and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a serving platter and keep warm.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and broccoli and stir-fry until hot, about 2 minutes. Splash with the remaining 1 tablespoon tamari and spoon the broccoli over the tofu. Drizzle the sesame oil over all and serve hot.
This recipe should come with the following warnings Danger - messy! Danger - needs two cooks! I was really looking forward to this and preping the ingedients was easy after this the problems started... It was very messy trying to coat the tofu in the tahini sauce and then in the sesame seeds was very difficult they ended up patichly covered at best. They second problem came when frying, the recipe says a medium heat but this resulted in my first batch having burnt sesame seeds on the outside which become very bitter. The second batch i made on a lower heat and I ended up with golden sesame seeds but cold tofu. On the plus side the sauce was nice and the next day i steamed some broccoli and served the sauce hot over it. Nice idea but didn't work out in reality