Rating: 3 stars
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
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  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1

This dish is spectacular, as wasabi peas make a delicious breading for tofu. Surprisingly, they lose their bite when cooked but provide intriguing flavor and crunch in the slightly sweet, salty crust. Look for cans of the peas in the Asian food section of your supermarket or in the bulk bin of some large grocery stores. A few crushed peas get sprinkled on top of the finished dish for added crunch and a pop of pungency.

Rozanne Gold
Recipe by Cooking Light August 2015

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Credit: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
35 mins
total:
35 mins
Yield:
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups cabbage mixture, 2 tofu slices, and about 1 tablespoon crushed peas)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut each tofu block crosswise into 4 slices. Arrange tofu in a single layer on several layers of paper towels. Cover tofu with additional paper towels; let stand 15 minutes.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add cabbage and leeks to pan; cook 8 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Keep warm.

  • Place 3/4 cup peas in the bowl of a food processor; process until very finely ground and powdery. Place ground peas in a shallow dish. Place egg in another shallow dish. Sprinkle tofu with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, pressing gently to adhere.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Dredge 1 side of each tofu slice in ground peas; dip in egg. Dredge same side of tofu a second time in the ground peas. Arrange tofu slices, dredged side down, in pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; turn tofu slices over, and cook 2 minutes.

  • Place remaining 1/4 cup peas in a zip-top plastic bag; lightly crush with a rolling pin or a small heavy pan. Serve tofu with cabbage mixture; sprinkle with crushed peas.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; fat 26.9g; saturated fat 4.7g; mono fat 12.7g; poly fat 8.9g; protein 24g; carbohydrates 29g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 47mg; iron 6mg; sodium 607mg; calcium 244mg.
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