Sesame Crusted Tofu

I was watching Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers a few weeks ago. To be honest I’m not a big fan. Too much unnecessary meat added to the majority of his dishes and he tends to eat most of his meals alone and always when the food is still just hot enough to burn his mouth. On the rare occasion that he does eat with someone else, it is usually in one of his local shopkeeper’s kitchens. it’s all a little too weird for me.

He did however make a salmon dish which he strangely ate with no accompaniments. I thought I’d try a meat/fish free version and, as mirin is quite expensive, I went for teriyaki sauce instead.

The results were good.

1 block of tofu – the amount depends on the number you are feeding
4-8 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
4-6 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower oil

Then for the accompaniment I did a quick vegetable stir fry
1 clove garlic – finely chopped
2-3 spring onions – sliced
A small chunk of ginger – about a teaspoon – finely chopped
Beansprouts
Broccoli – in chunks
Mange tout – halved or cut into thirds
Mushrooms – sliced or quartered depending on how you like them
2-4 tablespoons light soy sauce
2-4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons sunflower oil

Take the tofu, cut into large pieces then wrap gently in a tea towel and place a chopping board or plate on top. This will gently squeeze some of the liquid out making it able to absorb other flavours better. After about half an hour unwrap the tofu, place in a shallow dish and cover with the teriyaki sauce. Make sure both sides get a good soaking then leave to marinade for at least an hour, preferably longer.

Once the tofu has marinaded, take a plate and spread the sesame seeds over it. Heat the oil in a large frying pan then take each piece of tofu out of the teriyaki marinade, dip both side in the sesame seeds and gently place in the hot oil. Fry gently on both sides until slightly browned. this take 5-7 minutes per side.

While the tofu is cooking, heat the sunflower and sesame oil in a wok. When the oil smokes add the ginger, garlic and spring onions and stir for 2-3 seconds. Now add the broccoli and mange tout and a little water. Keep stirring for about a minute then add the mushrooms and both soy sauces. Stir again for a minute then add the beansprouts. Keep stirring for a further minute or two then serve the vegetables, topped with a slab of sesame crusted tofu while piping hot.

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