This simple preparation of golden tofu triangles, inspired by a Thai appetizer, gets its luscious flavor from peanut sauce — homemade or bottled.
This preparation might inspire fussy eaters to give tofu a chance! Look for peanut satay sauce in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets or natural foods stores, or when you have more time, make your own Coconut Peanut Sauce.
Complete the meal: Serve with hot cooked rice, noodles, or rice vermicelli. A steamed green vegetable like broccoli or asparagus is a nice addition to the meal. Or, if you want to go a step further with a nutritious vegetable dish, Stir-Fried Collard Greens and Cabbage is a great option. Add a platter of cherry tomatoes and baby carrots and you’ve got a veggie-filled meal.
Cutting tofu into triangles doesn’t make it taste any different, but the shape gives it more eye appeal. Serving the sizzling tofu on a bed of cool lettuce or cabbage gives it a special finishing touch.
- 14-ounce tub extra-firm tofu
- 1 tablespoons safflower or other high-heat oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
- 1/2 cup homemade Coconut Peanut Sauce (see link in Notes) or bottled peanut satay sauce, plus more for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha or other hot sauce, or more, to taste
- Shredded crisp lettuce or napa cabbage as needed, for serving
- Cut each block of tofu into six slabs crosswise. Blot well between clean tea towels or several layers of paper towel (or use a tofu press ahead of time). Cut each slab in half to make two squares. Finally, cut each square on the diagonal to make triangles.
- Heat the oil and soy sauce in a wide skillet. Arrange the tofu triangles in a single layer and sauté on both sides over medium-high heat until golden. Cook in batches if need be.
- Drizzle the peanut sauce and sriracha into the skillet and stir gently with the tofu triangles, turning them over a few times until nicely glazed.
- To serve, line a platter with shredded lettuce. Arrange the tofu triangles over it.
- Serve at once, passing around extra peanut sauce and extra sriracha for those who would like more.
If you'd like, make your own easy Coconut Peanut Sauce.
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