Monday, March 25, 2013

Pineapple Tofu Stir-fry

This recipe came highly recommended. "Since we found this recipe, we eat it at least twice a week," said Maggie. (Note: I never knew Maggie to be a tofu eater in all the 10-ish years since freshman year of college, so I felt like this was really saying something.)

"I never thought I liked tofu, but I would definitely eat that again!" said Chad. I agreed: and I have eaten (and enjoyed) tofu before.

So, whether you are intimidated by, grossed out by, or just plain too good for tofu, this recipe is definitely worth a shot, imho. Enjoy!

Pineapple Tofu Stir-fry 

you will need:

  • 1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits, 3 tablespoons juice reserved
  • 5 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 7 ounces extra-firm, water-packed tofu, drained, rinsed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 large bell pepper, cut into 1/2-by-2-inch strips
  1. Whisk the reserved 3 tablespoons pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup and sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Place tofu in a medium bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Let marinate for 5 minutes. Add cornstarch to the remaining sauce and whisk until smooth.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the tofu to the skillet using a slotted spoon. Whisk any remaining marinade into the bowl of sauce. Cook the tofu, stirring every 1 to 2 minutes, until golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes total. Transfer the tofu to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the skillet and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the sauce and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 30 seconds. Add the tofu and pineapple chunks (or tidbits) and cook, stirring gently, until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

1 comment:

  1. Its the pineapple that grosses me out. I love tofu and cook with it all the time. I also love pineapple but cannot stand cooked fruit. LOL.


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