Monday, January 28, 2013

Asian Noodle Tofu Stir-Fry

I would have put more on the plate, but this is all that was left!
In the past I have had a hard time cooking tofu in a way that ....well, does not taste like tofu.  I tried some things tonight that really worked.   I thought I would share them with you since I believe they made a huge difference.
  • Drain tofu, slice width-wise, and place paper towels on a plate.  Put tofu on top of paper towels, top again with more paper towels, another plate and something super heavy.  Place in the frig and let the water drain.
  • After about 30 minutes or so, cut into cubes and place in homemade marinade for a few hours.
  • Put 1/2 cup of cornstarch in a plastic bag
  • Remove tofu from marinade and place in plastic bag, seal and shake.
  • Heat oil in pan (I used sesame oil) and add tofu, turning to brown on each side.
Asian Noodle Tofu Stir-Fry


1 1/2 Fresh lime juice (about 3 Tbsp)
8 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
7 1/2 Tsp sugar
1 1/2 Tsp fresh ginger
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1/2 Large onion, sliced
1/2 Large green pepper, sliced
2 Cups julienne carrots
16 oz Extra firm tofu, cut into cubes after draining water - see instructions above
2 Packages ramen noodles (seasoning discarded)
3 Green onions, sliced

Combine lime juice, soy sauce, sugar and ginger to make marinade.  Set 1/2 of the marinade aside and use the other half to marinate the tofu cubes (see instructions above).

Add 1/2 cup of cornstarch to a plastic bag, add tofu cubes, close and shake.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and add tofu, turning to brown on each side.

Heat another tablespoon of oil in wok or saute pan and add carrots, onions and green pepper.  Cook until soft.  Add any leftover marinade from the tofu marinade to the pan, as well as the other 1/2 of the marinade that was set aside previously.  Cook on low-medium to heat the marinade and allow the vegetables to absorb the flavor of the marinade.

Cook noodles according to package.  Drain the noodles and add to the vegetables.  Stir to combine, add tofu and stir some more.

Top with green onions and serve.

 Verdict: My husband said and I quote "This is so good!"