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Looking for a unique and refreshing way to eat tofu? Sounds like this Hawaiian-style dish is just the thing you need! In it, tofu is marinated in a lemony garlic sauce, then lightly battered, and fried. Paired with a creamy coconut rice and fresh pineapple spears, this entrée will transport you right to the tropics!

Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu With Coconut Rice [Vegan]

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Ingredients You Need for Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu With Coconut Rice [Vegan]

For the Coconut Rice:
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

For the Fried Tofu:

  • 1 14-ounce package extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter (optional)
  • Pink salt and pepper, to taste

For Serving:

  • Lettuce
  • Pineapple

How to Prepare Hawaiian-Style Fried Tofu With Coconut Rice [Vegan]

  1. To make the rice, add the coconut milk and coconut water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, salt, and coconut oil. Bring back to a bowl, then cover and reduce to a lower simmer. Depending on your rice and the package instructions, simmer about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2. To make the tofu, first, prep your tofu for frying. Fill up a medium bowl with 4-5 cups are warm water and dissolve a teaspoon or two of pink salt in the water and put the tofu in for 7-10 minutes.
  3. While the tofu soaks, create the marinade by preparing your ingredients as stated above and putting the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, flour, cayenne, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Remove the tofu from the salt bath and using paper towels, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Then slice the tofu in to small rectangles (or however you want) and using paper towels pat dry some more. You want to remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Add the sliced tofu into the bowl and gently mix well with a spoon to evenly coat the tofu. You could also add this to a plastic ziplock instead. Let the tofu marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Then gently spa a cast iron skillet with coconut oil. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade and lay out the tofu in an even layer. Heat to medium, and brown on the first side for about 7 minutes. Carefully lift the edges of one piece to check and see if it is getting crispy. Once golden brown, flip over and fry up on the remaining side.
  7. Gently transfer to a bowl. Then in the same skillet, melt butter and caramelize the garlic that is left in the pan from the tofu until golden brown. Pour on top of the tofu right before serving. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a pinch of fresh chopped parsley.
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