Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce


$7.26 recipe / $1.82 serving

Hey guys! As I discussed on Instagram earlier this week, I received’t be doing a meal prep put up this Sunday as a result of I wasn’t in a position to prepare dinner something all week and I wish to get the recipes which have been in my head some time posted. BUT the recipes I’ve been brewing in my thoughts are all bowl-style meals, that are good for meal prep, so that you’ll have a couple of new meal prep concepts anyway. Win-win! The first bowl meal thought I had are these tremendous delish Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Because this marinated tofu is pretty “wet” from soaking within the marinade, I skipped my typical cornstarch coating and easily fried them up in a non-stick skillet (the non-stick actually helps when your marinade has sugar). The tofu doesn’t get crispy this manner because it does with the cornstarch methodology, however the extra marinade caramelizes on the surface, which is absolutely pleasant.

I additionally examined baking the marinated tofu within the oven (350ºF for about 20-25 minutes), and it was additionally good, however I personally most popular the pan fried model for the caramelized edges. But should you don’t like utilizing non-stick skillets, I counsel utilizing the baking methodology.

And one final notice: I used a brown basmati rice that I had bought at Aldi, however you possibly can use nearly any rice kind that you just like. Just make certain to comply with the cooking directions on the package deal for the right cooking time and rice to water ratio, and embrace some salt to assist make the sesame taste pop later.

Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

For this recipe you’ll be doing a number of issues directly, between the urgent and marinating tofu, cooking the rice, and making the peanut sauce, so make certain to learn by way of the directions fully earlier than starting.

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are stuffed with wealthy flavors and loads of texture to maintain your style buds blissful and your stomach full. 

Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Soy Marinated Tofu

  • 14
    oz.
    agency tofu
    $1.99
  • 1
    Tbsp
    gentle oil*
    $zero.06
  • 2
    Tbsp
    soy sauce
    $zero.12
  • 1
    clove
    garlic, minced
    $zero.08
  • 1
    Tbsp
    brown sugar
    $zero.03

Sesame Rice**

  • 2
    cups
    brown rice
    $1.20
  • Three.25
    cups
    water
    $zero.00
  • half
    tsp
    salt
    $zero.02
  • 1
    Tbsp
    toasted sesame oil
    $zero.26

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 1/Four
    cup
    pure fashion creamy peanut butter
    $zero.36
  • 1
    Tbsp
    Sriracha
    $zero.09
  • 1
    tsp
    soy sauce
    $zero.02
  • 1
    tsp
    grated contemporary ginger
    $zero.10
  • 1
    tsp
    brown sugar
    $zero.01
  • Three
    Tbsp
    scorching water
    $zero.00

Other Ingredients

  • 1
    tsp
    oil for pan frying
    $zero.02
  • half
    lb.
    snap peas***
    $2.50
  • 2
    inexperienced onions, sliced
    $zero.25
  • 1
    Tbsp
    sesame seeds
    $zero.08
  1. Begin by urgent the tofu for about 30 minutes to take away the surplus moisture. Place the block of tofu between two flat plates, rimmed baking sheets, or slicing boards and place one thing heavy on high, like a forged iron skillet or a pot stuffed with water. If utilizing slicing boards or one thing with out a rim to carry within the water that seeps out, place paper towels or a clear dishcloth beneath the tofu to catch the liquid as it’s expelled.

  2. While the tofu is urgent, start the rice. Cook your rice based on the package deal instructions, ensuring to incorporate salt. Once the rice has cooked, fluff it with a fork after which drizzle half Tbsp toasted sesame oil over high. Fold the oil into the rice, ensuring to not stir too vigorously, then repeat with the second half Tbsp of sesame oil. The rice ought to now have an exquisite toasty nutty taste and aroma. Set the rice apart.

  3. Once the tofu has pressed, pour off the surplus liquid. Slice the block of tofu into 16 triangles (I reduce the thickness of the block in half, then reduce the stacked halves into quarts, and every bit into two triangles). Place the tofu items in a shallow bowl or dish.

  4. In a small bowl, stir collectively the elements for the tofu marinade: oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, and brown sugar. Pour the marinade over the tofu items and switch all of them to ensure all sides are coated. Allow the tofu to marinate for about 20 minutes, turning the items a couple of times throughout that point. After 20 minutes, a lot of the marinade ought to be absorbed.

  5. While the tofu is marinating and the rice is cooking put together the spicy peanut sauce. In a bowl stir collectively the peanut butter, sriracha, soy sauce, grated ginger, brown sugar, and sufficient scorching water to create a clean sauce (Three-Four Tbsp). Set the sauce apart.

  6. Once the tofu has marinated, warmth a big non-stick skillet over medium flame. Add only a splash of oil to the skillet (about 1 tsp) and swirl to coat the skillet. Add the tofu items and any remaining marinade, and prepare dinner on all sides till deeply browned. 

  7. Once the tofu items are browned, take away them from the skillet and add the snap peas. Quickly sauté the snap peas within the skillet till they flip brilliant inexperienced and are nonetheless crisp. You simply wish to take away the uncooked edge. Remove them from the skillet to forestall over cooking.

  8. To construct the bowls, add about 1.5 cups sesame rice to every bowl after which high with 1/Four of the tofu items and snap peas. Drizzle spicy peanut sauce over every bowl after which sprinkle sliced inexperienced onions and sesame seeds over every.

* Use a lightweight flavored oil like canola, grape seed, gentle olive, or an untoasted sesame oil.

**I used a brown basmati rice however you should utilize any selection that you just like. Just you should definitely comply with the package deal directions for the right cooking time and water to rice ratio.

***If you possibly can’t discover snap peas at a good value, you should utilize broccoli florets of their place. 

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

For this recipe you’ll be doing a number of issues directly, between the urgent and marinating tofu, cooking the rice, and making the peanut sauce, so make certain to learn by way of the directions fully earlier than starting.

Press Tofu

Begin by urgent a 14oz. block of agency tofu for about 30 minutes. I love to do it between two plates as a result of the rim on the plate catches the runoff so that you don’t should wrap it in a paper towel. Just place one thing heavy on high like a forged iron skillet or a pot stuffed with water and half hour later you’ll have…

Expelled Tofu Liquid

All that liquid that’s pressed out of the tofu! The motive you wish to do it is because it makes room for the tofu to absorb the flavorful marinade and makes positive the tofu has a pleasant agency texture as a substitute of being delicate and mushy. Pour off the liquid. Before we transfer on to what to do with the tofu after it’s pressed, you’ll wish to begin cooking your rice whereas the tofu is urgent…

Cooked Rice

While the tofu is urgent start cooking your rice, particularly should you’re utilizing a brown rice like I did, as a result of that may take no less than 30 minutes. You can use no matter kind of rice you need, simply make certain to comply with the package deal instructions for the right amount of water to make use of for two cups dry rice and the right cooking time. Also make certain to incorporate some salt to assist the sesame taste pop later.

Toasted Sesame Oil

After your rice has cooked, sprinkle about half Tbsp toasted sesame oil over the rice and gently fold it into the rice. Then repeat with the second half Tbsp sesame oil. Set the seasoned rice apart. Make positive to make use of toasted sesame oil and never simply common sesame oil as a result of the toasted sesame oil has a MUCH stronger nutty taste. If the label doesn’t say “toasted” you possibly can inform by the colour of the oil. Toasted sesame oil is a darkish brown colour, whereas common sesame oil is a lightweight straw colour.

Add Marinade to Tofu

While the rice is cooking your tofu will most likely be prepared to begin marinating. Cut the pressed tofu block into 16 triangles (I reduce the thickness of the block in half, then reduce the stacked halves into quarters, and every rectangle into two triangles). In a small bowl stir collectively 1 Tbsp gentle flavored oil, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 clove of garlic (minced), and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Place the tofu triangles in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over high.

Tofu Marinating

Make positive each side of the tofu items are coated in marinade. Let it marinate for about 20 minutes, turning the items a couple of times throughout that point.

Spicy Peanut Sauce Ingredients

While the tofu is marinating, make the spicy peanut sauce. In a bowl stir collectively 1/Four cup pure fashion cream peanut butter, 1 Tbsp sriracha, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp grated contemporary ginger, 1 tsp brown sugar, and about Three-Four Tbsp scorching water or sufficient to make a clean sauce that’s skinny sufficient to drizzle.

Spicy Peanut Sauce Finished

Once the sauce is combined collectively, set it apart. You can all the time begin with only a small quantity of sriracha and add extra to your liking.

Tofu Absorbed Marinade

After about 20 minutes the tofu may have absorbed a lot of the marinade.

Cooked Tofu

Now it’s time to prepare dinner the tofu. I used a non-stick skillet as a result of the sugar within the marinade will make it extra prone to stick. I solely added a splash of oil to the skillet for the reason that marinade already has some in it. Heat the skillet over medium, then add the tofu items and any remaining marinade. Cook the tofu items on all sides till browned and caramelized on the sides.

Sautéed Snap Peas

Remove the tofu from the skillet, then add half lb. snap peas. Sauté the snap peas very briefly, or simply till they flip brilliant inexperienced. I didn’t even add any further oil to the skillet, there was sufficient residual oil to make these peas good and shiny. Once the peas are simply barely cooked, take away them from the skillet.

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

Finally, to construct the bowls, place about 1.5 cups of the sesame rice in every bowl and high with 1/Four of the tofu items and snap peas. Drizzle the peanut sauce over high, then sprinkle sliced inexperienced onions and sesame seeds over all the pieces.

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

That peanut sauce, tho… 🙌

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

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posted on December 9, 2017 in Beans & Grains, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Global, Main Dish, Recipes, Rice, South-East Asian, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian