Blackened Tofu

"These are really spicy so use less pepper if you don't care for a lot of heat. Serve with rice or even as a sandwich filling. The recipe was found in The Giant Book of Tofu Cooking. When you prepare this be sure to press out the excess water."
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  • Combine salt and seasonings in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Brush each piece of tofu with melted butter and dredge each slice in spice mixture, patting it firmly into tofu.
  • Pour a teaspoon of melted butter onto each slice of tofu; place tofu, butter side down, in a hot frying pan.
  • Stand back and fry for 2 minutes; turn tofu over and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Keep fried tofu in a warm oven until they're all ready to serve.

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  1. alison.kough
    Delicious :) I used it in a Cuban-like sandwich. I didn't think this was too spicy at all. It was very easy to make - I used 14oz tofu but sliced them thinner. I think I only needed ~2TB of butter too - I skipped the 2nd round of butter & just used a little olive oil in the pan.
  2. rbonwbon
    I was so excited to find this recipe. A hospital that we visit often has a very good blackened tofu sandwich that I always have - and usually buy an extra because the hospital is 2 hours away. The sandwich includes sauerkraut, arugula, sweet onion and a remoulade. This blackened tofu was perfect to duplicate that sandwich which I now can eat without having to take my son to the hospital - every day if I want to. Thank you so much!!
  3. sofie-a-toast
    Wow this was very good although crazy spicy! I found I actually enjoyed it more cold the next day on a sandwich (super yummy!) as it tempered the intense flavor a bit. I experimented a bit with the coating and I found dipping into the butter wasn't actually needed, also adding a bit of flour to the spices maked the tofu nice and crispy.



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