In need of a quick meal? Make this your go-to. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare honey garlic tofu…and that includes the time to chop the herbs and green onion.
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The secret? Ready to heat Japanese style tofu and microwave rice. The tofu I bought was already cut into “filets” and only needed to be cut into triangles for cooking. There was enough in the pack for one large or two small servings.
Personally, I like the convenience of microwave grains. We have a very small refrigerator so batch cooking grains uses valuable shelf space. Besides, the brand I buy has regular, jasmine and basmati rice plus quinoa and barley. While it’s not as good as freshly prepared grains, for the most part the quality is pretty good, often better than leftover grains that have been stored in the fridge. Whatever floats your boat.
Green onions, spring onions or scallions aren’t widely used in Spanish cuisine. I hope this is changing as I’m seeing a wider variety of products in the groceries than when we first arrived. I saw nori sheets the other day and was shocked. Anyway, for now I have to hunt for scallions and a lot of times they look like they’ve been in the package for a while. One thing I do is to buy two good looking packs and chop one to store in the freezer. That trick you’ve seen about putting them in a plastic bottle to store them works! As with the microwaveable rice the quality isn’t as good as fresh, but it works well for cooked foods.
Another shortcut to make this quick meal was to purchase the red chili paste in the squeeze bottles located in the produce section. It’s really convenient when you’re making a sauce. Finally, to bring out the most from the garlic, I grated the clove with a microplane. As with the chili paste, the garlic puree incorporates nicely into a sauce.
Enough talk! It’s already taken me longer to write this post than it did to prepare the my honey garlic tofu. Enjoy!
- 1 serving Japanese style tofu cut into triangles
- Oil to coat the bottom of a small skillet
- ½ teaspoon or more red chili paste
- 1 clove garlic, grated with microplane
- 1 green onion sliced thinly, reserve some for garnish
- 4 Tablespoons Soy sauce (I use tamari)
- 1-2 Tablespoons Honey
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 serving microwave basmati rice, heated according to the package directions
- Heat the oil, garlic and red chili paste over medium high heat
- Add the tofu, turning to coat. Cook for 3 minutes or so to heat thru.
- Move the tofu to the side of the pan and add the soy sauce, green onions and honey to the center. Let thicken a little then turn the tofu in the sauce to coat.
- Arrange the tofu over the cooked rice, then pour any remaining sauce over top and garnish with green onions and cilantro
If you like honey garlic tofu, be sure to give the recipe a try with other proteins. Slice them thin so they’ll cook quickly. It’s hard to beat a delicious, quick meal!