James Carrier
Makes 4 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut tofu into 2- by 3-inch, 1/2-inch-thick slices and pat dry.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Transfer tofu and sauce to a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and pepper.

Ratings & Reviews

JenAbigail's Review

March 09, 2014
This is delicious! It does have a lot of sugar, but it is a great way to serve tofu to someone who may be wary.

Debbie17's Review

September 21, 2011
Fabulous! Do double the sauce because it is so good.

njwebb's Review

January 05, 2011
I think this is a great recipe, and besides being a bit of a pain to get the sugar melted properly, I think it's quite tasty! I do, however, double the sauce...

katscan's Review

January 29, 2010
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.