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I need to incorporate more vegetable based proteins into my diet but I am hesitant because I love the flavor and texture of meat so much. Tofu has such a stigma. Bland, boring, crunchy, hippie food. This tofu changes that perception.

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Marinaded and Fried Tofu (from Food52)

  • 1 pound extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup shiro miso paste (white miso)
  • 1/4 cup ponzu sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Gently press the tofu to drain off the extra juice. Slice into 1 inch thick slices (I did cubes and they were way too small). In a ziplock bag, combine all the marinade ingredients. Add tofu and marinade for 24 to 48 hours. In a skillet, heat vegetable oil. Fry each slice until both sides are golden brown. Drain on a paper towel. Use on sandwiches, plain, or add to miso soup. Serves 3.

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