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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total: 1470 minutes

Servings: 3

Ingredients

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Instructions

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Step 1

Slice your block or blocks of tofu into 3/4 to 1-inch thick slabs. Place them on a tray and then leave to freeze at least overnight to harden. No need to press the tofu or squeeze out the liquid before freezing (because you’ll want the water inside the tofu to crystallise and create the amazing texture!)

Step 2

After freezing the tofu, leave it to thaw in room temperature until the ice has melted.

Step 3

When soft, carefully squeeze out the water from the tofu. I did this by carefully placing a slab of tofu between my palms and flattening it to squeeze out the liquid. The tofu will be very delicate at this point so be careful not to over squeeze it since it can easily break apart. Squeeze out the liquid from the remaining tofu. Set the tofu aside.

Step 4

Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Feel free to adjust the seasonings depending on your desired taste. Set aside.

Step 5

Heat a large non-stick pan or skillet over high heat. Add some oil to the pan. Once hot, place the slabs of tofu.

Step 6

Leave the tofu to cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Step 7

Lower the heat to medium. Give the sauce a good mix again since the starch tends to sit at the bottom and then add in the sauce to the tofu.

Step 8

Once the sauce bubbles, lower the heat and mix well since the sauce will slowly thicken. Leave the tofu to cook in the sauce.

Step 9

It’ll absorb the sauce and the sauce will slowly thicken as it cooks down. Be careful not to cook the tofu in too high heat because the sugars from sauce can easily burn. Scoop up some sauce from the base of the pan to pour over the tofu so all sides can be evenly coated.

Step 10

Flip over the tofu as needed and leave to cook until sauce has been absorbed by the tofu and has thickened into a glaze. Turn off the heat and then slice the tofu into half, if desired. I just cut them up with kitchen scissors!

Step 11

I prepared some sliced bell peppers and onion to cook down in the sauce. I used the same pan as the tofu and simple added a bit of water to deglaze the pan then before adding some sliced onion and bell pepper.

Step 12

I simply sautéed the vegetables until tender and served it along with the tofu.

Step 13

I served the tofu with rice and the vegetables for a really hearty meal. You can store the leftover tofu in the fridge to use for other meals and slice them into strips to top on salads, or add into wraps. Enjoy!

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