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.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2001


Credit: Lisa Hubbard

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Reviews (3)

50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
Everyone loved this. I used tamari sauce instead of soy sauce - I like the flavor better, and it's less salty than soy sauce. I did add the red pepper flakes at the end. I didn't have Tabasco or chili paste so that was omitted. This should definitely be doubled.
Rating: Unrated
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!
Rating: Unrated
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