Thursday, August 14, 2008

Caramelized Tofu with Green Onions and Gomasio

This recipe was loosely based on Deborah Madison's tofu recipe found in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. It's popular with adults and kids alike or adults who act like kids, or kids who, never mind... Everyone loves it! I have been feeding it to my kids for many years and cannot sing its praises enough.

Caramelized Tofu with Green Onions and Seaweed Gomasio
(serves 4)

Gomasio is a mixture of roasted sesame seeds, sea salt and various seaweeds. It is great on a stir-fry, udon soup or sushi. Replace with sesame seeds if you cannot find it. If you are worried about salt content replace 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for water. The tofu will still caramelize beautifully and taste wonderful, just less salty.


1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
16 oz of extra firm tofu, cubed
3 tablespoons of Gluten Free soy sauce, or other if gluten is okay
1 1/2 tablespoon of Grade A Pure Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons of Seaweed Gomasio (available at health food stores or asian markets)
1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced

In a large nonstick pan, heat the oil on high. Add the tofu cubes, lower heat to medium high and saute, stirring frequently, until cubes are a light golden color.

In a cup mix the soy sauce and the maple syrup with a little whisk. Pour over the tofu and mix well. The sauce will bubble and caramelize. Keep stirring so that the sauce coats the tofu evenly. As the liquid evaporates the tofu will turn a gorgeous deep golden brown color. Add the Gomasio and give another stir. Add the green onions, saute for another minute and serve.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Such gorgeous food photography, always!!

marieke said...

This has been one of my favorite easy dishes ever since Alexa introduced me to it years ago!
I love it with brown rice, avocado and toasted sesame seeds....yum.

rachel said...

triple yum! Looks fantastic- will definitely try this one. You're keeping me busy in the kitchen Alexa.

Alexa said...

Thank you! I appreciate the encouraging words.

Thanks for your visit my friend.:-) I'll have to dice up some avocado next time I make some.

Let me know how your kids like it. Mine can't get enough... they pop it in like candy.

Unknown said...

Nice photo! I have been wanting to try doing more with tofu and this looks good.

Helene said...

I just saw gomasio at the store the other day wondering how I would use it, and now I know! Sounds like my kind of weekend meal!

Chibog in Chief said...

you are indeed an artist!! such beauty and serenity on your photography! love it

btw, not so familiar with seaweed gomasio..

Jin Hooi said...

wow.. nice picture !!The tofu look delicious !!

Anonymous said...

wow! beautiful presentation! this tofu dish looks soooo yummy!!

Lore said...

Can't take you up on this dare, because I'm destined to lose...there's no way I could only eat one ;)

Anonymous said...

This could become my new favorite way to enjoy tofu. Can't wait to try it!

Alexa said...

I love tofu because it is such a blank slate. You can have so much fun with it.

It is so wonderful on almost anything savory. I highly recommend it. ;-)

Thank you so much. That's so kind of you... I really enjoy putting my food shots together.
I came across Gomasio by accident. Saw it at Wholefoods and decided to experiment with it. A lot of the ones you find in Asian grocery store have MSG in them but the one Wholefoods didn't.

lao cha jhl,
Thanks for your visit and comment.

I'm glad you liked it. :-)

It is totally addictive. We rarely have leftovers when I make it.

What's so great about is how quickly it comes together for a weekday meal. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Tatie! I wanted to call you for this recipe but it is still too early where you are, so I googled caremelized tofu and your page came up! I am going to go make some tofu now, I hope to talk to you soon!

Amy said...

Made this for lunch today. Delish!
Will surely be a regular dish in our house from now on. Didn't have the secret ingredient on hand so I used black sesame seeds.

Alexa said...

I am so glad you liked it Amy. Thanks for letting me know. :-)

Leah Katz-Hernandez said...

i tried out this recipe and added shiitake mushrooms. it tasted really good but the mushrooms absorbed a bit too much of the sauce... next time i'll add in the mushrooms AFTER the sauce.

thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!

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