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Soy-Glazed Tofu

Added sodium and sugar tame seasoned rice vinegar's tartness, making a nice counterpoint to sesame oil, sweet orange juice, and aromatic orange rind. Drizzle the tofu with the flavorful pan sauce to serve; the sauce bolsters plain rice noodles tossed with snow peas, carrots, and bell pepper for a smart entrée.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2009

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 triangles)

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut crosswise into 6 slices
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly diagonally sliced green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation

1. Cut each slice of tofu in half diagonally. Place tofu slices on several layers of paper towels, and cover tofu with additional paper towels; let stand 15 minutes, pressing down occasionally.

2. Combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (through rind) in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 6 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange tofu slices in pan in a single layer; sauté 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from heat; pour vinegar mixture over tofu to coat. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Wine note: Tofu works with just about every wine, but given the flavors of soy sauce, orange, and sesame, a refreshing white is in order. In particular, sesame and orange both work magnificently with unoaked chardonnay. My favorite: St. Supery Oak Free Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California. The 2008 is $25. —Karen MacNeil

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 132
  • Fat: 6.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Protein: 8.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.2g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.8mg
  • Sodium: 419mg
  • Calcium: 68mg
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