Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fried Tofu with Sesame Dipping Sauce

Here's a quick and easy recipe for a small-plates sort of dish.  I served it with some Birds Eye Steamfresh Asian Vegetables With Roasted Cashews I'll be completely honest that this one is all about the sauce, but the tofu turned out really great too.  Much better than the first time I did a fried tofu dish.  Dan enjoyed it too! 

Here's the recipe for you.  Let me know what you think!

 Fried Tofu with Sesame Dipping Sauce

3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (I used the tamari)
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dark or toasted sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 package (14 oz) extra firm tofu, drained and mosture removed
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 egg
1 cup pank bread crumbs
4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • For sauce:  Combine first six (6) ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  • Cut tofu crosswise into 4 slices, then each slice diagonally into triangles.
  • Place each flour, eggs and panko in seperate bowls
  • Dip each piece of tofu in flour to lightly coat all sides, then dip into egg, then into panko.  Repeat for all tofu pieces.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add half of tofu in a single layer.  Cook 1-2 minutes per side or until golder brown.  Repeat with remaining tofu, adding more oil as needed.  Serve with dipping sauce.

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