This Sesame Tofu Quinoa Bowl is made with quinoa, veggies like broccoli and carrots, and fried tofu coated in a soy sauce and sesame marinade.
TOFU QUINOA BOWL RECIPE
I’m on the tofu train and I’m not coming off anytime soon! Luckily I’ve gotten Miguel on board, which is shocking, but also wonderful at the same time. Recently, we’ve been eating some sort of tofu dish once a week. It’s a nice change of pace, but I had been feeling like we needed to switch up even our current tofu routine.
Sesame tofu to the rescue!
HOW TO MAKE PERFECT FRIED TOFU
- Choose super/extra firm tofu: this is key! The firmer the tofu, the less liquid there will be, and therefore the crispier it’ll be in the end.
- Use a tofu press: ok, this isn’t absolutely necessary, but I’m obsessed with my tofu press (I have this one). It’s a good investment and easier than pressing down on the tofu by hand or with random heavy objects.
- Slice the tofu: it’s up to you how big or small you cut the tofu. I’ve found that smaller cubes of tofu tend to fry more easily. As you can see, I chose to slice the tofu into larger chunks in this recipe. They still got crispy, it just took a little bit longer.
- Coat the tofu with some sort of oil and the flour of your choice. Again, this will assure that it gets super crispy.
- Fry away: the last step is to fry the tofu in a skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Make sure to fry ALL sides of the tofu.
Besides the tofu, this tofu quinoa bowl includes quinoa and veggies like carrots and broccoli in this recipe too. Gotta get those veggies in ya know? Especially towards the beginning of the week.
CAN I FREEZE THIS MEAL?
You sure can! However, tofu is at its crispiest when served fresh, so keep that in mind. If you do decide to freeze it, just store it in an air-tight container in the freezer and then eat it in the microwave before serving.
OTHER TOFU RECIPES
Sesame Tofu Quinoa Bowl
- 1 block super firm tofu pressed and cut into cubes
- 2 tbsp soy sauce*
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour or arrowroot starch
- 2-4 tbsp olive oil or oil of choice
- 2 garlic cloves minced
for the marinade:
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour or arrowroot starch
for the bowl:
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 heads of broccoli chopped
- 1-2 long carrots peeled
- 2 tbsp green onion
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375°. Put broccoli in a bowl, then drizzle it with 2 tbsp olive oil; pour onto a baking sheet and roast until broccoli is cooked to your liking (I like mine a little crispy!)
- Next, place the cubed tofu into a ziploc bag; add the soy sauce and flour, zip the bag, then shake everything until the tofu is coated.
- Heat a large skillet with oil over medium heat, then place the tofu into the skillet, frying until crispy. You may need to do this in batches if your skillet isn't big enough.
- While the tofu is frying, make the marinade. Whisk syrup, sesame oil, soy sauce, and flour together in a bowl and set aside.
- Once the tofu is cooked, place all of it back into the skillet (or leave it in the skillet), reduce the heat to low and add the garlic. Stir for approximately one minute, turn off the heat, then pour the marinade into the skillet, stirring until tofu is coated.
- To assemble: place quinoa in a bowl and then top it with the roasted broccoli, carrot slices, and fried tofu. Add the green onions and sesame seeds and enjoy!