Braised tofu is probably not as common as pan-fried or baked tofu, but it should be. Traditionally found in Asian cuisine, braised tofu is made by searing tofu in oil and then simmering it until it becomes tender. It’s a rich and flavorful dish that pairs well with vegetables, rice, and noodles, and goes great in sandwiches too! Here are 8 braised tofu recipes you’ll want to add to your weekly meal rotation.
1. Veggie Bowl with Braised Tofu
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Dinner made easy! This Vegan Veggie Bowl with Braised Tofu by Teri Macovei is the healthy comfort food that you need. It’s sweet, sour, and mildly spicy. All flavors and textures are well balanced, making it an irresistible delicious bowl of food.
2. Braised Tofu and Veggie Cacciatore
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Delicious over pasta or rice. Brown rice would be a perfect complement, along with a nice glass (or two…or three…) of red wine. This Braised Tofu and Veggie Cacciatore by Kinda Vegan is spectacular.
3. Korean Braised Tofu
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You are just seven ingredients away from delicious Korean-style tofu. This Korean Braised Tofu by Anita Jacobson uses onion, soy sauce, sake, sugar, Korean chili powder, and scallion to create a flavorful and healthy meal. Garnish with some sesame seeds for added flair and texture.
4. Braised Tofu Doner Kebab in Pita With Yogurt Sauce
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Doner kebabs are an iconic Turkish dish that features slow-cooked rotisserie meats stuffed into pita bread or on top of flatbread. In this equally tasty recipe, instead of the doner, you use braised, spiced tofu. Braised tofu is very versatile and it’s used in many different dishes, from quick vegan pasta to tofu scrambles. For the yogurt sauce, use store-bought soy yogurt (or any plant-based yogurt you like), and some garlic and salt. You have to try this Braised Tofu Doner Kebab in Pita With Yogurt Sauce by Philipp Ertl.
5. Chinese Braised Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry
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Braised tofu is a staple in Chinese cuisine. The dish is deep-fried tofu braised with different mushrooms and vegetables in a savory, starchy gravy. You can enjoy it with rice or just on its own. This Chinese Braised Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry by Raymund Macaalay is tasty, delicious, and nutritious.
6. Braised Tofu With Baby King Oyster Mushrooms
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In this dish, tofu is stir-fried until golden and served in a thick umami-flavored sauce. It’s garnished with baby king oyster mushrooms and goji berries, both of which are pan-fried in a homemade sauce for added flavor. Serve this Braised Tofu With Baby King Oyster Mushrooms by Korie Kha with a side of fresh rice or noodles of your choice.
7. Braised BBQ Tofu
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In this recipe, tofu is cooked in a homemade barbecue sauce that’s tangy, spicy, and just a little bit sweet until it completely absorbs all of the flavors. This recipe is incredibly easy to make; simply blend all of the barbecue sauce and then simmer the tofu in it for 30 minutes. Its big flavor combined with its simplicity makes it an ideal weeknight meal. Serve this Braised BBQ Tofu by Sara Hohn over brown rice with a side of vegetables.
8. Simple Chinese Braised Tofu
Source: Simple Chinese Braised Tofu
There’s nothing like a simple dish that you can whip up using ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. For this Simple Chinese Braised Tofu by Anita Jacobson, firm tofu is marinated in soy sauce, oil, garlic, sugar, and peppers and then pan-fried until golden brown. The braised tofu can then be served several ways: on a bed of rice and veggies, on top of a citrusy-ginger salad, or in a wrap with Asian touches like bamboo shoots and soy sauce.
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