Pan Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

crisped-tofu-ck-1918467-lI love this recipe for several reasons:

1) It is SUPER quick. I can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes (not counting pressing the tofu).

2) It is flavorful AND healthy

3) I don’t feel like I just blew my entire workout.

I modified it slightly: used peanut oil (instead of canola) and omitted peanuts from the recipe. You can find the original here.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup miso (soybean paste)

1/2 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

5 tablespoons peanut oil

2 (14oz) packages water-packed firm tofu, drained and pressed

mixed salad greens

minced chives, optional

Preparation

1. Cut each tofu block crosswise into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Arrange tofu on several layers of paper towels. Top with several more layers of paper towels; top with a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan. Let stand 30 minutes. Remove tofu from paper towels.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients, 1/4 cup peanuts, and 3 tablespoons oil in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 8 tofu slices to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden. Remove from pan, and drain tofu on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 8 tofu slices. Place 1 cup greens on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with 2 tofu slices, 3 tablespoons miso mixture, and 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped peanuts. Garnish each serving with chives, if desired.

Corinne Trang, Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 2009

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About Tara DeWitt Coomans

An aspiring cook and an accomplished eater, Tara is inspired by the world around her and the food on her plate. "When you can't jump on a plane and take a vacation to an exotic destination, chances are you can whip up a dish or go to a restaurant that will take you there." says Tara. She often eats out at a restaurant after trying to accomplish a given dish at home. None the less, she enjoys food and what it says about the human experience. Tara is a full-time freelance writer and blogger. She specializes in writing about food, cooking and travel. You can find her in the kitchen, on the plane or at her computer.