I’ve had bad luck in the past trying to fry tofu. It just never came out how it was supposed to. I now know how important it is to blot out as much water as you can!
I’m a F&W subscriber and when I saw this in the pages of the December 2010 issue, I knew I had to try it. This was my chance at fried tofu redemption.
Redemption was accomplished. The dish came out great! Definitely going to make this again.
Fried Tofu w/ Spicy Ginger Sesame Sauce
adapted from Food & Wine
-2 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
-1 tbsp sugar
-2 tsp crushed red pepper
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1/2 tsp sesame oil
-2 tsp ginger, grated
-1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
-1 package firm tofu (14 – 16 oz.)
-veg oil, for frying
-1-2 scallions, thinly chopped
Slice tofu into 8 even slices. Place on paper towels and blot with extra paper towels until most of the water is gone.
In bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, red pepper, garlic, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Set Aside.
Heat around a 1/4″ of vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet until shimmering. Place tofu slices in pan and fry until golden brown, flipping once (about 4-6 minutes on each side). Once done, drain on paper towels.
Stack 4 slices of tofu on top of each other. Top with sauce, then scallions. Serve alongside white rice.