Chinese Takeout-Style Tofu and Broccoli
By :Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook By Nisha Vora
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There are three keys to making tofu taste delicious. First, select the right variety. Tofu comes in many forms, but the extra-firm variety—with its spongy, dense texture and low water content—is best for frying, as in this recipe. Second, unless you are using a soft or silken tofu, you’ll almost always want to press out the excess water in tofu. This drastically improves the texture, helps the tofu hold its shape when cooked, and enables more flavor to seep into the tofu. Finally, don’t be stingy with seasonings, whether it’s spices, aromatics, or sauces. Tofu is a blank canvas and easily takes on the flavors it’s given. For the tofu skeptics in my life, I often recommend trying this Chinese takeout-style tofu. It’s a little crispy on the outside, soft and tender in the inside, and saturated with lots of bold flavors like ginger, Sriracha, and toasted sesame. Since broccoli cooks very quickly in the Instant Pot, this recipe calls for pressure-cooking the tofu for a few minutes before adding the broccoli. To make this a complete, balanced meal, serve alongside rice or your favorite grain.
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Rating: 4.83
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
MARINATED TOFU
  • 14 oz extra firm tofu 1 block
  • 3 tbsp reduced- sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Sriracha or similar chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
GINGER-CHILI SAUCE
  • 1/4 cup reduced- sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or coconut nectar (or maple syrup but that will have a more robust, less neutral flavor)
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sriracha or similar chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger grated or finely minced
FOR FINISHING
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grapeseed oil or other neutral high-heat cooking oil
  • 2 medium heads broccoli cut into small florets (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
FOR SERVING
  • White rice or brown rice
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
MARINATED TOFU
  • 14 oz extra firm tofu 1 block
  • 3 tbsp reduced- sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Sriracha or similar chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
GINGER-CHILI SAUCE
  • 1/4 cup reduced- sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or coconut nectar (or maple syrup but that will have a more robust, less neutral flavor)
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sriracha or similar chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger grated or finely minced
FOR FINISHING
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grapeseed oil or other neutral high-heat cooking oil
  • 2 medium heads broccoli cut into small florets (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
FOR SERVING
  • White rice or brown rice
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Rating: 4.83
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Instructions
  1. Marinate the tofu: Drain the tofu and cut into 4 slabs . Place the tofu on a cutting board lined with paper towels. Place more paper towels on top of the tofu and weight them down with a few heavy cookbooks or a heavy skillet filled with a few cans of beans. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or ideally 1 hour , changing the paper towels in between to drain all of the moisture. Cut the tofu into 3/4-inch cubes.
  2. Place the tofu in a gallon-size zip-top bag and add the tamari, Sriracha, sesame oil, and vinegar. Toss to combine and let the tofu rest in the marinade for 5 minutes , massaging occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, make the ginger-chili sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the tamari, agave nectar, water, the Sriracha, sesame oil, vinegar, and ginger until well combined.
  4. Finish the dish: Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and let the pot heat up for a few minutes before adding the grapeseed oil. Once the display reads “HOT,” use a slotted spoon or fork to carefully transfer the marinated tofu to the pot. Cook the tofu for 1 1/2 minutes undisturbed. Use a spatula to flip and cook the tofu until it starts to brown on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Add the ginger-chili sauce and stir to combine. Select the Cancel setting.
  5. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook setting at high pressure and set the cook time to 3 minutes .
  6. Once the 3-minute timer has completed and beeps, perform a quick pressure release by carefully switching the Pressure Release knob from Sealing to Venting .
  7. Open the pot. Add the broccoli florets to the tofu and stir with the sauce to combine. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook setting to low pressure and set the cook time to 1 minute . Once the 1-minute timer has completed and beeps, carefully perform another quick pressure release.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water, whisking until combined without any lumps. Select the Sauté setting and press the Sauté button again until you reach less heat. Add the cornstarch slurry to the Instant Pot and gently stir to combine. Cook, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Serve the tofu and broccoli over rice.
7 replies
  1. louellen
    louellen says:

    I made it as described except did not use any oil to fry the tofu, just a little water. Excellent taste, but broccoli was soft. I like it a little cruncy. Next time, for the broccoli step, I will put everything in a saute pan and saute until broccoli is just right. Might need to add a little water.

  2. Jesica
    Jesica says:

    The taste was great. The broccoli was too soft. Next time I will put broccoli in when I put corn starch in so it just cooks a little.

  3. pinkness27
    pinkness27 says:

    The taste was great! The corn starch amount made the sauce too thick so I added some vegetable broth and kept stirring until I like the consistency. Overall great recipe!

  4. slegett
    slegett says:

    This was super tasty and easy! We used a sweet soy sauce because our local store was out of tamari, and I think that made it even tastier!

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