Asian Garlic Tofu with Rice


I love that this dish is so simple, yet booming with flavor. Tofu is marinated in a sticky sweet sauce made with hoisin, garlic, and soy sauce. If you're not familiar with hoisin, I hope you get familiar! It's like a thick, flavorful Asian BBQ sauce.



 (Yes!) The first time I used it was for this Vegetable Lo Mein and knew I had to start working it into more meals. The wonderful flavor and texture is perfect for an easy marinade. I love serving this dish alongside fresh steamed veggies!

Ingredients

1 lb. extra firm tofu
1 cup dry rice (or quinoa)
4-5 green onions
1-2 Tbsp. sesame oil or olive oil
Optional: red pepper flakes, sesame seeds for topping

{For the Asian garlic sauce}
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (I recommend Wok Mei brand for gluten-free)
2 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
2-3 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

In a shallow pan, add the 3 ingredients for the sauce. Stir to combine.
Press the tofu between towels to remove excess moisture. Cut into about 1 inch cubes.
Add to the sauce and gently toss until thoroughly coated. Cover and place in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, slice green onions.
In a skillet, heat 1-2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.
Add the marinated tofu and spread out in a single layer. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes or until browned on one side. Flip them, and cook for another few minutes.
Add the green onions for the last minute or two of cooking. Sometimes I add a little more hoisin if it dries out too much.
Serve over a hot bed of rice (or quinoa).

*Note: if you'd like to reduce the sodium content, replace 1 Tbsp. of the soy sauce with vegetable broth or water.

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