Notes: Caramelized sugar infuses the sauce with sweetness and gives it a deep mahogany shine. Serve this great vegetarian dish with hot cooked rice and stir-fried spinach with garlic.
1 pound firm tofu
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (including tops)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
How to Make It
Cut tofu into 2- by 3-inch, 1/2-inch-thick slices and pat dry.
Place sugar in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat; shake pan often until sugar is melted and amber colored, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot water (mixture will bubble vigorously) and stir over medium heat until caramelized sugar is dissolved.
Stir in soy sauce, shallots, ginger, and garlic; stir often over high heat until boiling. Lay tofu pieces in a single layer in sauce. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. With a wide spatula, turn pieces over; simmer until hot and coated with sauce, 3 to 4 minutes longer.
Transfer tofu and sauce to a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and pepper.
This is one of my family's most frequently used tofu recipes, and one of very few ways I can get my kids (ages 6 and 2) to eat tofu. The tofu remains silky soft, not fried. It is very easy to make. The leftover sauce is perfect to pour over brown rice on the side or stir fried veggies.
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