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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