Crispy Tofu & Stir-fry Veg Recipe

I recently had someone who is a big meat-eater tell me that they’d tried some tofu and it tasted great. Naturally I didn’t believe it, but curiosity got the best of me and I tried it out for the first time. Tasting it by itself, without being prepared in any way, tofu is not impressive. It doesn’t taste like anything. I suspect it’s all about how you prepare it.

I used a recipe from Jamie Oliver and adapted that. In my usual style, I use recipes as inspiration and a guideline so the recipe wasn’t followed precisely but here’s what I did. At the end it was pretty good!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds and cashew nuts
  • 200g tofu
  • A sprinkle of cornflour
  • 2 blobs of olive oil
  • A dash of sesame oil
  • A dash of soya sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  •  1 tsp ginger chopped
  • 4 spring onions with the ends cut
  • some chopped chillies
  • 1/2 head of broccoli cut up into strips
  • 1/2 red pepper cut in strips
  • 4 baby sweetcorn cut in half
  • 3 tbsp sweetcorn
  • 1 lime

 

Method:

  • In a pan on medium heat fry the sesame seeds and cashew nuts. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn, stir them continuously until they are browned.
  • Put them aside in a bowl
  • Cut up your tofu into cubes and dust them with the cornflour
  • Add a good blob of olive oil to the pan and on a high heat fry the tofu into it looks browned and crispy
  • Add the tofu to the bowl with the sesame seeds and cashew nut, mix those together
  • Add another blob of olive oil to the pan and on a high heat add the broccoli and brown that for 5 minutes
  • Add the rest of the veggies to the pan and mix in the ginger, garlic, chillies, a dash of soya sauce followed by a dash of sesame oil
  • Stir fry for 10 minutes
  • To serve, add the veggies to a bowl and top it off with the tofu and a squeeze of lime

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