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  • 1 - 14-oz. block firm or extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 3 - Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 - Tbsp. mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 - tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 - tsp. gochugaru (coarse Korean red pepper powder) or other mild red pepper flakes
  • 1 - scallion
  • 2 - Tbsp. grapeseed or vegetable oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 - small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 - tsp. finely chopped peeled ginger
  • - kosher salt
  • - toasted sesame seeds and cooked rice for serving
  • Directions:

    Wrap tofu in a clean kitchen towel and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Weigh down with a heavy object (a couple of heavy cans works well) and let sit 10 minutes. Unwrap tofu and slice in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 6 sections to create 12 squares.

    Whisk soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, gochugaru, and 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to combine; set sauce aside.

    Trim dark green top from scallion and thinly slice; set aside. Thinly slice remaining white and pale green parts of scallion. Heat 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Carefully add tofu in a single layer and lightly season with salt. Cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, about 5 minutes; turn over and cook until golden brown on other side, about 5 minutes. Transfer tofu to a plate; reserve skillet (no need to wipe out).

    Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil in reserved skillet over medium. Cook scallion white and pale green parts, garlic, and ginger, stirring, until softened but not browned, about 1 minute.

    Return tofu to skillet. Pour in reserved sauce and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, turning tofu once or twice and occasionally spooning sauce over, until sauce is reduced by about half, about 4 minutes.

    Transfer tofu to a large plate, spoon sauce over, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and reserved scallion top. Serve with rice alongside.

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    Tofu w sauce

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    Category:  Vegetarian

    Cuisine:  American

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    October 17, 2020

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