April 27, 2012

Cooking: Broiled Tofu W/ No-Cook Peanut Sauce

As a vegeterian, this is something I'm always a bit ashamed to admit but hey, why lie to myself? I don't like tofu. No matter how I cook it, I'm never able to really do what I want with it, and it drives me crazy. I much prefer legumes over tofu anytime. I had a bit of tofu laying there in the fridge and I really wanted to use it up quick, so I was happy when I discovered this recipe!

I don't know how come I have never thought of broiling tofu before? I always prefer my tofu to have a crispy texture but something, it can be such a hassle! When I discovered this quick and easy recipe on Canadian Living, I had to give it a try.

Basically, you will need tofu, oil (I use vegetable oil), vegetables (I only had orange pepper), peanut butter, a pinch of ginger, soy sauce, vinegar (rice or white), sesame oil and chili to taste. I like to top everything with sunflower seeds and they go pretty well with the peanut butter sauce. For the precise measurements (which I rarely follow), please refer to the original recipe.

Between paper towels, pat tofu dry. Brush baking sheet with 1 tsp of the oil. Cut tofu in thin slice and arrange them on pan, then brush remaining oil over top. Broil, about 8 inches (20 cm) from heat, until crisp and dry looking (the recipe says it takes about 15 minutes but mine where ready in 5!).

Meanwhile, cook your vegetables and prepare the peanut sauce. In small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and chili, then slowly whisk in 1/4 cup hot water. I personally prefer my sauce on the thicker side but it you prefer it to be, well, more like a sauce, simply use less peanut butter.

Serve tofu with vegetables. Drizzle with peanut sauce and sprinkle with sunflower seeds (optional). Enjoy!

Original recipe from Canadian Living


  1. I love satay sauce I could eat with everything and I like mine thick too! :D

  2. This sounds great, but I'm curious about the tofu you used. In the picture it looks like there is something pressed/mixed into the tofu, i see red and green spots. How did you do that?

  3. This sounds great. But the tofu in the picture looks different than normal, it looks like something is mixed/pressed in with the tofu, i see little red and green spots. How did you do that?

  4. @Bernadette : You are absolutely right, I forgot to mention I used jalapeno tofu! It's sooooo spicy ahah!

  5. Thank you so much for this recipe! I'm a vegetarian, too so I'm definitely gonna make this! I'll pick up the ingredients tomorrow when I go grocery shopping. Thanks again!:)

  6. ooooh, this looks yummy! my sister is a vegetarian and i just know she is gonna love this recipe. she's not much of a tofu fan either, so this is perfect for her as well. thanks for sharing this with us! :)

    <3, Mimi

  7. great blog, it whet my appetite !