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Tofu Vegan Recipe

Thai Black Pepper and Garlic TofuThere’s a new Thai restaurant in town, and the first couple of times I ate there I had mixed feelings. While it was so much better than the other local Thai restaurant, I wasn’t quite satisfied with its take on dishes that I’ve liked in Thai places in other parts of the country. (This is just my opinion–D absolutely loves the place and often eats lunch there without me.) Then one night I was studying the menu with such a worried expression, determined to try something new, that the waitress took pity on me and told me what to order: Black Pepper and Garlic Tofu. After a couple of questions to make sure that there was no fish sauce in it and that it contained vegetables in addition to the tofu, I ordered it and fell in love.

I’m not sure why I love this simple dish–peppery cubes of tofu atop vegetables that have the lightest of sauces–but I do, so much so that I became determined to make it myself at home, with a good bit less fat than the restaurant’s version. Instead of frying the tofu, I bake it; instead of stir-frying the vegetables in oil, I steam-fry them. Steam-frying is a little trickier than frying because it requires frequently covering and uncovering the wok and adding liquid as needed, and if you’re not careful, you can burn, overcook, or under-cook the vegetables. But if you time it just right, you can get the same tender-crisp vegetables as a traditional stir-fry, with a whole lot less fat and fewer calories.


Black pepper provides a different kind of heat than chile peppers, but people who are sensitive to spices may still find this too hot. So start with the lesser amount of black pepper and add more to taste. Those of you who like fiery dishes may want to increase the chile sauce, but try not to overpower the black pepper.

Tofu and Seasoning
  • 1 14 ounce package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Alice P.

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Vegan tofu dinner recipes?

I have firm tofu that I bought from the supermarket today. I'm looking for a low-calorie dinner to make with this tofu. I have dinner rolls for bread if I were to make a sandwich, and any kind of vegtable I have besides garlic. Help me out? :) This is my first time with tofu. I have a pan for grilling, oven for baking... bring on the recipes please!

You could use tofu in a veggie stir-fry. Always marinate tofu for at least a couple of hours in herbs, spices, soy sauce or tomato sauce. I cut it into cubes and add it to stir fried vegetables.

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