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Sauteed Tofu with Bitter Greens


Tofu takes on the flavors of its marinade: soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, lime juice, ginger, and garlic. It is cooked and served with sauteed, calcium-dense greens.

  • Servings: 6

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2001


  • One 1-pound block extra-firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste or Tabasco (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 pounds bitter greens, such as collard, mustard, baby bok choy, or dandelion, washed, trimmed, and torn into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced


  1. Cut tofu in half lengthwise, then cut each piece across into 6 slices. Place tofu on a paper-towel-lined plate. Cover with more paper towels; place another plate on top. Weight with a few soup cans. Chill 30 minutes so towels absorb excess water.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce; sesame oil; chili paste or Tabasco, if using; lime juice; ginger; and garlic. Set aside. Transfer tofu to medium bowl; toss with half the marinade; let sit for 30 minutes.

  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, arrange tofu in a single layer in pan. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to platter; repeat with remaining tofu. Gradually add greens to skillet with remaining marinade. Cook, tossing occasionally, until greens are wilted and most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to platter with tofu. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and red pepper; serve.

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  • srhcnrd
    15 MAR, 2012
    This is delicious! The marinade was perfect on the tofu but a little salty on the greens. I used collard greens. I also steamed some beets and squeezed a little lemon on them and they went really well with the dish. I'll make it again but maybe cut down on the soy sauce for the greens. Yum!
  • AlaskaSmiles
    20 DEC, 2008
    I don't use paper towels, I just weight the whole block between two plates with heavy pan on top of the top plate. A great, simple option to cook tofu: slice like above, sprinkle a little oil