coconut rice stir-fry with sesame crusted tofu

sesametofuprepWe will keep this introduction short and sweet because the recipe is a bit long. Please don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients and directions. This recipe is easy to make, especially if your timing is right. We provided detailed instructions to help you perfect the cook times required so all of your ingredients come together at once!

Makes 5-6 servings

Coconut Rice
1 ½ cups jasmine rice
1 cup water
1 can unsweetened coconut milk

Stir-fry Veggies
1 small red onion, sliced
1 bell pepper
½ red cabbage, shaved
1 head broccoli florets
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

Stir-fry Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ teaspoon lemongrass paste

Sesame Crusted Tofu
1 container extra firm tofu
3 tablespoons black and white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Tofu Marinade
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon hosin sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Slice the tofu into ½ inch slices and press the excess water out of the tofu by placing the slices between two towels and covering with a flat, heavy object. Let the tofu press for about 20 minutes.

Mix the tofu marinade in a Tupperware, slice your tofu squares into thirds and add the tofu to the marinade. Shake lightly to evenly cover the tofu and let the tofu marinade in the fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes. When the tofu is finished marinating, pre-heat the oven to 350° F.

Add the ingredients for the coconut rice to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the rice for 30 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.

Remove the rice from heat and place a clean towel over the pot and place the lid back on top and let stand for 10 minutes. This will remove excess moisture and create perfectly fluffy rice.

Spread out the sesame seeds and flour on a small plate. Remove one tofu square at a time and pat it on the bed of sesame seeds, coating the top and bottom. Place the coated tofu on a greased baking sheet and continue with the rest of the tofu squares. Bake for 30 minutes flipping halfway through.

While your tofu cooks and rice simmers prep your veggies. We like to keep our veggies separate because they have different cook times.

About 15 minutes before your rice and tofu are ready, heat a large, oiled skillet to medium-high heat. Add the pepper and cook for 3 minutes next add the sliced onions and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the cabbage, and then two minutes later add the mushrooms, continue cooking for 3 minutes. Stir the veggies with each ingredient you add.

Prepare the stir-fry sauce in a small bowl and set aside. Add the broccoli and the sauce to the veggie mixture and give it a good stir to distribute the sauce. Cover with a lid and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

There are many ways to serve this meal. We topped the coconut rice with the stir-fry mixture and tofu. You could also toss all of the ingredients in a large bowl and serve from one bowl. Enjoy!



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