Updated: Dec 30, 2019
I made a tofu version of one of my favourite cauliflower recipes so here’s some some Crispy Tofu with Sweet Scallion Sauce! You can opt to fry or bake the tofu and enjoy them with sweet scallion sauce or your dip of choice. I’m still also not sure (and can’t decide) whether I like this recipe in tofu or cauliflower version 😅
Anyway, if you try this out and have tried the cauliflower one too, please let me know which one you like more!
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Crispy Tofu with Sweet Scallion Sauce
Serves 2-3 people
3 blocks (240g each), extra firm tofu
Canola or other neutral oil, for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup room temp. water
2 cups Japanese breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs of choice
Steps (Baking option below!)
Drain water from the tofu by wrapping them in paper towels and then placing a heavy flat surface (a board or plate) on top of each. Leave for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed by the towels. You can also op to use a tofu press. Slice the tofu into any shape you like but i sliced mine into rectangles.
In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the batter until it turns into a smooth, thick consistency. In another bowl or plate, add in the bread crumbs.
One by one, dip each tofu into the batter then coat in the breadcrumb mixture. Coat well using one hand (this is to avoid messy hands—I usually use one hand for dry and one hand for wet when coating). Press down the bread crumbs on the tofu. Set aside once coated.
Heat a pan (I used a cast iron pan) with some oil. Once hot (you can add in some bread crumbs to test the heat—it will start to bubble once hot), place the tofu and cook until golden brown, moving it around on each side every 2 minutes or so.
Once golden brown, set aside on a strainer to drain excess oil or you can put this on a plate with paper towels. Let cool for a few minutes then enjoy with some sweet scallion sauce or your favourite dipping sauce!
Baking option: Heat oven or oven toaster to 350F. Brush the tofu with a little oil. Bake them for 35-40 minutes or until crisp. Flip halfway through cooking.
Reheating tip: Heat in an oven toaster at 350F for 4-5 minutes until crisp.
Sweet Scallion Dipping Sauce
Makes roughly 1 cup
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 1/2 tbsp warm water
2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar or other sugar of choice
2 tbsp chopped scallions or spring onions
In a bowl, place the brown sugar. Add in the warm water and stir until the sugar particles have dissolved. Add in the soy sauce and chopped scallions/onions. Mix well then enjoy as a dipping sauce!