Tofu and Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

"The combination of ingredients in this recipe I have to say is perfect. Really delicious and nutritious. This is a Mollie Katzen recipe. "
 
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Ready In:
1hr
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
6
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ingredients

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directions

  • -----------TheSauce-----------.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the peanut butter and hot water until uniform in consistency.
  • Whisk in the remaining ingredients.
  • Set aside.
  • -------TheSaute-------------.
  • Cut off the bottom half-inch of the broccoli stems.
  • Shave off the tough outer skins of the stalks with a sharp paring knife or a vegetable peeler.
  • Cut the stalks diagonally into thin slices.
  • Coarsely chop the flowerettes.
  • Set aside.
  • Begin heating the large skillet.
  • When it is hot add 1 tbsp of the oil.
  • Add half the garlic.
  • Salt lightly.
  • Sauté over medium heat for 1 minute, then add the tofu chunks.
  • Turn the heat up a little, and stir-fry the tofu for 5-8 minutes.
  • Transfer it, including whatever liquid it might have expressed, to the saucepanful of peanut sauce.
  • Mix together gently.
  • Wipe the skillet with a paper towel, and return it to the stove to begin heating once again.
  • Add the remaining garlic.
  • Salt lightly.
  • Add the onions, and some black pepper.
  • Sauté, stirring frequently, over medium heat, until the onions are soft.
  • On another burner, begin heating the peanut-tofu sauce on a low heat.
  • It shouldn't actually cook-it only needs to be warmed through.
  • Add the broccoli and the chopped peanuts to the skillet.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp tamari and stir-fry over medium-high heat until the broccoli is bright green and just tender.
  • Pour the heated peanut sauce over the sauté.
  • Toss everything gently until everything is coated with everything else.
  • Serve over long-grained white or brown rice (basmati is good).

Questions & Replies

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  1. JCarson
    What kind of tofu should be used? Firm? Silken? Does it matter?
     
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Reviews

  1. Miss Erin C.
    I give this recipe 5 stars because it was really simple, very very good and everyone enjoyed it. I used chicken instead of tofu, but only 1 skinless/boneless breast sliced very thinly. It wasn't as spicy as I thought it was going to be by the comments provided earlier, so I added more cayenne pepper as I was cooking. Very nice, very tasty peanut sauce that I can see being used in other stir-frys. It also took less time than I had expected, less than 30 minutes total. Thank you Carol!
     
  2. Vanessa LaFerriere
    I loved this meal, but my husband and my two-year-old barely ate when I served it.
     
  3. Gina Wilkerson
    this was very tasty but Very hot/spicy just incase be careful of that if you don't like hot things!!! My family liked it a lot.
     
  4. Concrete Gardener
    I tried this peanut sauce with soba noodles and broccoli. It was FANTASTIC. I sort of followed the directions, except instead of BS molasses I used maple syrup (b/c it was on hand), substituted soy sauce for tamari and used about a tablespoon of chili-garlic sauce (you know, the kind from an Asian grocer). It was perfectly delicious, but I will probably add a little less water next time to make it less runny. Thanks, Carol!
     
  5. Anoushka
    Very good. Not too strong of a taste, perfect for children. I coat tofu cubes with a bit of corn starch to make them crispy. Sauce is a bit too thick. Next time I will double the water and add half a cube of vegetable broth.
     
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Tweaks

  1. Colleen M.
    Loved this dinner!! I added carrots and some snow peas as well and used 1 tbsp of brown sugar in place of the molasses and rice wine vinegar. I did add about 1/2 cup of water to the sauce to thin it out a bit. I'll make this again for sure. My kids loved it.
     
  2. urbankiwiii
    This is so good and easy to make! I substituted honey and brown sugar for molasses and it came out pretty good. The sauce was really thick, maybe I'll use less peanut butter next time? I'll definitely try making this again.
     
  3. Concrete Gardener
    I tried this peanut sauce with soba noodles and broccoli. It was FANTASTIC. I sort of followed the directions, except instead of BS molasses I used maple syrup (b/c it was on hand), substituted soy sauce for tamari and used about a tablespoon of chili-garlic sauce (you know, the kind from an Asian grocer). It was perfectly delicious, but I will probably add a little less water next time to make it less runny. Thanks, Carol!
     
  4. dicentra
    This is yummy. I didn't follow the recipe exactly... I fried the tofu, then added the rest of the veggies and stir-fried them. I only used 2 cloves of garlic. Meanwhile, I made the sauce, using honey instead of the molasses (thanks to other reviewers). I added the sauce to the veggies... Watch out! It burns fast. I needed to add a bit more water at this point to keep it from scorching. Good dinner for DD and I. :)
     
  5. Serah B.
    To be honest, I really did not care for the sauce in this recipe at all. I found the molasses too strong; it just didn't blend well into the peanut flavor for me. I generally love peanut sauces! I'm still giving this three stars, because I feel like my personal tastes shouldn't necessarily dissuade someone from trying an otherwise decent recipe. I am noticing that some reviewers made this with honey instead of molasses; I think if I were to make the recipe again I would try the honey.
     

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As an ethical vegan, I'm always on the lookout for tasty, cruelty-free meals. I work in the medical field, but my heart lies with anything and everything relating to animal welfare. I share my home with two each furry (cats) and feathered friends. Something I'd like to encourage all chefs is, don't be afraid to experiment! I'm not always really specific about measurements, and that's because I go by feel, so if you want to add a little more or a little less -by all means!
 
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