Recipe: Seared Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Tofu is a great vehicle for the spicy and nutty flavor of this peanut sauce in addition to being an excellent source of plant-based protein. Serves 4-6.
1 (14-ounce) package extra firm tofu, cut into strips a little less than 1/2-inch thick
1/4 cup smooth, unsalted, natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
2 tablespoons vegetable or grapeseed oil
Lay out tofu strips in a single layer on a paper towel or clean dish towel. Put another clean paper towel or dish towel on top and pat well all over to remove surface moisture.
Make the peanut sauce by placing peanut butter and vinegar into a bowl and mashing with a fork until thoroughly mixed. Whisk in honey, soy sauce, and chili flakes until smooth. Set aside.
Heat a skillet or sauté pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons vegetable, grapeseed, or other oil with a high smoke point. Make sure oil is covering pan and add tofu in a single layer, with room between each piece.
Cook tofu on one side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for about another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm with peanut sauce available for dipping or toss with stir-fried vegetables and serve over brown rice with peanut sauce drizzle for a complete meal.