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Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry

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Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry with Chilli and Sesame

Asparagus and crispy tofu stir fry made with ginger, garlic and chilli oil. Perfect as a side dish or as part of a main if served with noodles or rice. Made in less than 15 minutes this recipe is perfect for a week night meal or as a light lunch option. This easy stir fried recipe can be prepared the night before to make it really quick to make on the day.

What’s in the recipe?

Asparagus- When asparagus is in season it’s beautiful to cook with. I’ve bought locally grown asparagus, roughly chopped and added to the stir fry.

Tofu- I like using Cauldron Tofu which is soaked in a water bath, simple drain the water and press. If you don’t have a tofu press, just wrap in a bit of kitchen roll and allow to soak the excess water.

Cornflour- If you toss the tofu in cornflour and fry in sesame oil, it’ll create a lovely crispy coating before adding the marinade. It’s a good cooking hack to help absorb any excess moisture in your tofu.

Chilli oil- I love using Pippy Eats chilli oil, it’s perfect for garnishing tofu or stir fried vegetables such as this. If you don’t have chilli crisp oil, definitely look out for some next time you’re in the supermarket.


 

tofu and asparagus stir fry

Cooking tips:

Medium Heat- It’s tempting to whack the heat right up to get ‘crispy’ tofu however you run the risk or burning the marinade. I would suggest a good quality non stick pan, medium heat and allow the tofu to crisp on each side before turning.

Fry First then Coat- I prefer to fry the tofu in a bit of corn flour to crisp and turn golden before adding the marinade. It helps prevent the garlic and ginger from burning and give it just enough time to cook off the ingredients.

Don’t overcook the asparagus- By adding the asparagus to fry only for the last 3-4 minutes will allow it to cook until a little tender without burning.


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Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry

Asparagus and crispy tofu stir fry made with ginger, garlic and chilli. Perfect as a side dish or as part of a main if served with noodles or rice. Made in less than 15 minutes this recipe is perfect for a week night meal.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 350 g block of tofu
  • 1 heaped tbsp cornflour
  • 200 g asparagus locally grown if possible
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli crisp oil if you don’t have this, add 1 tsp chilli flakes to the marinade

Instructions
 

  • Drain & cube the tofu block and toss in the cornflour, fry in a non stick pan with a drizzle of sesame oil
  • Prepare the marinade by mincing the garlic and ginger then add to a bowl with the oil and tamari and whisk together
  • Once the tofu has crisped, add the marinade to the pan and continue to fry on a medium heat
  • Chop the asparagus and add to the pan to fry for a further 2-3 minutes
  • Serve up and drizzle the chilli crisp oil over the top & enjoy

Notes

  • If you don’t have chilli oil, add 1 tsp chilli flakes to the marinade
  • I used Pippy Eats chill crisp oil
  • Serve as a side or add sticky rice or noodles with more chilli oil

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Dinner Recipe

15 Minute Sesame & Garlic Glazed Tofu

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Sesame & garlic glaze for delicious 15 minute meal

I’ll tell you how to get a sticky sesame and garlic glaze on your tofu. By using sesame oil and crushed garlic as a simple dressing , it adds so much flavour to tofu which can be marinated for 10 minutes.

Recipe Breakdown

Tofu – I used extra firm tofu for this recipe as it holds together slightly better when frying on a high heat.

Garlic Cloves- It’s an essential ingredient, I use around 3-4 cloves however you can alter this depending on how strong you like the taste.

Sesame Oil- Using sesame oil will give a really lovely depth of flavour to this which is slightly nutty.

Tamari- I use tamari for any kind of marinade as it has a wonderful umami flavour. You can easily swap this ingredient for soy sauce, tamari is a gluten free option but has a slightly different taste.

Sugar – This is an optional ingredient and not necessary but does offer a lovely sweetness to the dish to work with the garlic which also helps get a sticky glaze


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Tofu Tips:

Glaze- When trying to get a good glaze on the tofu, the light brown sugar will really help get a sticky coating.

Size- Cutting the tofu into smaller cubes will help get the surface area crispier quicker.

Heat- Using a high heat will help add lots of crispness to the marinade as it bubbles and caramelises.

Non Stick- Using a non stick pan is really key as it’ll help keep the glaze on the tofu and not stuck to the bottom of a pan. If you don’t have a non-stick pan try adding 1 tbsp sesame oil to the pan to help.

 


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Sesame and Garlic Glazed Tofu Recipe

15 Minutes from start to finish to create this delicious sesame and garlic tofu noodle bowl. Plant based and simply - perfect for a mid week meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

For the tofu

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar optional but helps with the glaze

Noodles

  • 120 g udon noodles sub for ramen or rice noodles
  • 1 pak choi
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 4 tenderstem
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions
 

For the tofu

  • Slice the tofu into 3cm cubes
  • Mince the garlic then whisk into all the other marinade ingredients in a bowl, add the tofu and leave to marinade for 5 minutes (or you can leave overnight if making it advance)
  • Fry off the tofu in a non-stick pan on a high and fry for around 5 minutes, tossing to get an even coat
  • Set the tofu aside and add the halved pak choi to the pan with a dash more tamari and fry until glazed
  • Meanwhile add the udon noodles to a pot of just boiled water and leave to simmer for around 3-4 minutes with the tenderstem
  • Drain then transfer into the pan with the tofu, toss in all of the flavours then serve with the chopped spring onions and sesame seeds

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