Tofu in red braising sauce. This post contains affiliate links.
Tofu is an awesome way to get protein into your vegan diet. There is so much controversy surrounding soy, but I’ve learned that as long as you stick with non-GMO soy and eat no more than 3-5 servings per day you’re golden! One serving is around 70-100g.
The secret to delicious tofu is simply in the way you cook it. I didn’t start to really enjoy tofu until I started baking it in the oven. All I do is squeeze out as much water as I can from the tofu, marinate it (in my sauce of choice) and then bake it in the oven. You can read in detail how I cook my tofu by reading this post: How I Cook The Perfect Tofu.
If you struggle with extracting water from your tofu, I would suggest getting this Tofu Press. You can use it to both remove excess water and to marinate your tofu so it soaks up all of the delicious flavours in your sauce. It has really made my life a lot easier.
I have not marinated my tofu in this particular recipe because there is no need to. The tofu soaks up all of the flavours in a short space of time and makes the dish that much quicker to cook. I particularly enjoy this sauce with noodles, but it works perfectly well with rice. Add a side of vegetables like pak choi or broccoli and you’ll be in heaven!
- 400g Tofu
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 5 tbsp red braising sauce
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp oil (optional)
Use your tofu press to squeeze out as much water as you can from the tofu. Then cut the tofu into slices or cubes.
Place the tofu in a bowl and then sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. Shake gently to evenly distribute the salt. Line a baking tray with parchment or baking paper then carefully arrange the tofu on the tray. Set your oven to 220°C and bake the tofu for around 15 minutes. The tofu should be slightly brown around the edges but soft in the in middle.
In a medium saucepan, add a splash of water or oil to a pan, once warm, add the ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the red braising sauce with around 200ml of water. Bring to a boil then turn down to simmer and cook for around 10 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. The tofu will absorb all of the sauce and should go dark brown in colour. You can reduce it further if you like your sauce very thick or add more water if it gets too thick for you.
Serve the tofu and sauce with rice or noodles and green vegetables of your choice.
- Category: Lunch/Dinner