I’m always trying to figure out new ways to make tofu. Make it more interesting and dynamic that is, and give it some, dare I say, flavor. We were really pleased with the way this tofu came out the other day. It was totally thrown together—there just happened to be some red cabbage in the fridge (left over from some coleslaw I made over the weekend) that seemed like it’d be good broiled up with some onions, tofu, cilantro and a combination of my favorite Asian cuisine condiments.
I basically just cubed up the tofu; sliced the onion, cilantro and cabbage (both purple and some white) into slivers; drizzled a little rice vinegar on it all and gave it a healthy squirt of Sriracha hot sauce and Hoisin sauce (which is kind of like the Chinese and Vietnamese equivalent of American bbq sauce). I shook it all together in a Tupperware with a lid on it so it got incorporated really well and then placed it on a baking sheet.
I baked it at 350° in the toaster oven for about 15 minutes and then broiled it a little at the end to brown the tofu more. I like to position the tofu on top of the cabbage because cabbage tends to burn easier. Perfect served with some soba noodles topped with sesame seeds!
RecipeCoop/prep time: 35 mins. Serves 2-3
- 1 package firm tofu
- 1 cup of finely sliced purple cabbage
- Large handful fresh cilantro
- ½ white or yellow onion
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- Package soba noodles
- Slivers of scallions for topping
- Sesame seeds for topping
- Hoisin sauce and Sriracha to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Cube up tofu (about 1 inch cubes). Dice purple cabbage and onion and about half your cilantro. Place in large bowl that’s good for tossing or a Tupperware with a lid that’s good for shaking.
- Drizzle rice vinegar over tofu and veggies. Add a healthy squirt of Sriracha hot sauce and Hoisin sauce (to taste). You can also add some minced garlic if desired. Toss together or place lid on Tupperware and shake vigorously.
- Place on baking sheet & bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes, tossing every few minutes. Once cabbage is soft, broil it at 400° for the last few minutes. Be sure to keep your eye on it so the cabbage doesn’t overcook. I like to position the tofu on top of the cabbage to avoid that.
- Boil the soba noodles while tofu cooks.
- Top tofu with some fresh cilantro. Top soba noodles with some sesame seeds and fresh scallions.