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Thai Spiced Tofu

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2004

  • Yield: Makes 2 servings


  • 8 ounces firm tofu, cut into four 1/2-inch slices*
  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (found in the Asian section of most supermarkets)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or tamari (for vegetarians who don't eat fish)
  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil


*Or use 4 ounces of tofu plus a tilapia fillet or a boneless, skinless chicken-breast half.

Place the tofu between layers of paper towels and weigh them down with a heavy skillet to remove excess water. Set aside to drain for 10 minutes.

Combine the curry paste, sugar, and fish sauce; put half this sauce in a resealable plastic bag. (If using fish or chicken, divide that half of the curry sauce between 2 bags - one for the tofu and one for the fish or chicken.) Add the tofu and fish or chicken (if using), seal, and set aside for 15 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the green beans, broth, oil, and the remaining curry. Simmer until the beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Cover to keep warm.

Lightly coat a nonstick skillet with vegetable cooking spray and place it over medium heat. When hot, add the tofu and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a dinner plate and cover. (Cook the fish or chicken if using.) Serve with the green beans.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 668mg
  • Calories: 384
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Carbohydrate: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Protein: 18mg
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 2184mg

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