Adding a weight (such as a cutting board) while the tofu drains on paper towels presses liquid out of the tofu, which results in a crispier exterior when cooked on the grill pan. Buy water-packed tofu, not the silken variety.
1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee), divided
1/4 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 cup hot cooked long-grain rice
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
How to Make It
Cut tofu in half crosswise; reserve one tofu half for another use. Cut tofu half lengthwise into 3 (3/4-inch-thick) slices; cut each slice in half diagonally. Arrange tofu pieces in a single layer on several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Cover tofu with additional paper towels; place a cutting board on top of tofu, and let stand 15 minutes.
Combine orange juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, 1/4 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, and ginger in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Remove cutting board and paper towels from tofu; sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon salt over tofu. Add the tofu slices to the orange juice mixture in dish, turning to coat. Cover and marinate at room temperature 30 minutes, turning tofu slices after 15 minutes.
Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Drain tofu; discard marinade. Add tofu to pan; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn tofu over; cook 2 minutes. Set aside; keep warm.
Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add peas, carrot, and onions; cook 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, remaining 1/4 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add cooked rice; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in sesame seeds. Place 1 cup rice mixture on each of 2 plates, and arrange 3 tofu pieces on top of rice.
Orange-glazed Tofu Triangles tasted great. I would have preferred noodles over the rice but I could always mix that in next time. This is good to make in the summer outside on the grill for a BBQ. I also would recommend using a tofu press like one from TofuXpress. Made getting the tofu firm so much easier than in past recipes. Good stuff.
Made this for Meatless Monday, doubling it for our family of 4, and using brown rice instead of white. I thought it was delicious, filling and easy to make. I especially loved the sesame rice that goes with it. I served it with steamed broccoli, although with the peas and carrots in the rice, you almost don't need a side dish. One thing that annoyed me was how the recipe calls for using a grill pan and then another pan to cook the rice. I used a large nonstick skillet to sear the tofu, and then I took the tofu out and kept it warm while I made the sesame rice in the same skillet - fewer dishes! Also, I don't know if "glazed" is quite accurate... "orange-marinated" would be more apt, because the marinade isn't really thick enough to make a glaze. Next time I might try adding the remaining marinade to the rice instead of mixing up some more soy sauce and chili sauce. And I don't think adding salt to the rice is necessary, especially when you're using soy sauce!
We grilled the tofu on our bbq after marinading it and basted it with the leftover marinade while it was cooking. The rice wasn't that flavorful...we added leftover marinade to it which helped.
Overall it was a decent easy meal.
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