Experience the perfect blend of crispy tofu, vibrant vegetables, and a tantalizing sauce in this easy-to-make stir-fry. A delightful dish that promises both texture and taste, perfect for a hearty dinner or a special lunch.
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PREP TIME 15 mins
COOK TIME 1 hr
TOTAL TIME 1 hr 15 mins
For the Rice & Vegetables:
1 cup extra-firm tofu (approximately 8 ounces)
1 cup brown rice (long or short grain, rinsed well)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup green onions, chopped
½ cup peas
½ cup carrots, finely diced
For the Sauce:
3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce (adjust to taste)
1 tbsp peanut butter
23 tbsp organic brown sugar, muscovado sugar, or maple syrup
1 garlic clove, minced
12 tsp tsp chili garlic sauce (adjust based on your spice preference)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (optional; can substitute with peanut or avocado oil)
Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a light non-stick spray.
Press the tofu by wrapping it in a clean towel and placing a heavy object on top, like a cast iron skillet, to extract excess moisture.
Once the oven is ready, cut the tofu into 1/4-inch cubes and place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 26-30 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the texture is firm. For a softer texture, bake for 26-28 minutes. For crispier tofu, bake the full 30 minutes.
As the tofu bakes, cook your rice. Bring 12 cups of water to a boil, add the rinsed rice, and let it boil uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain the rice and let it steam in a covered pot off the heat for 10 minutes.
Prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Adjust the flavor as needed. Once the tofu is baked, marinate it in the sauce for 5 minutes.
In a hot skillet, add the marinated tofu using a slotted spoon, leaving most of the sauce in the bowl. Cook until the tofu is deep golden brown on all sides. Remove tofu and set aside.
In the same skillet, sauté garlic, green onions, peas, and carrots for 3-4 minutes. Season with tamari or soy sauce.
Combine the cooked rice, tofu, and the remaining sauce in the skillet. Stir well and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Serve hot, garnished with extra chili garlic sauce, sriracha, or crushed peanuts/cashews. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3-4 days.
Notes and Pro Tips:
- Tofu Type: Always opt for extra-firm tofu for stir-fries. It holds its shape better during cooking and absorbs flavors more effectively.
- Rice Rinse: Rinsing brown rice thoroughly before cooking helps remove excess starch, which can make your rice sticky. It also helps improve the texture of the final dish.
- Sauce Customization: The sauce can be easily adjusted to your taste. If you prefer a sweeter profile, add a bit more maple syrup or brown sugar. For a spicier kick, increase the amount of chili garlic sauce.