I’m very excited to have Andrea Nyguen’s new cookbook, and this was the first thing I made out of it. Great tofu recipe!
6 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes (3 cups)
3/8 teaspoon finely ground sea salt, divided
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos, Maggi seasoning sauce, or soy sauce
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 large garlic clove, pressed or minced (1 1/4 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoons canola oil or other neutral oil (such as grapeseed oil)
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar or honey
1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion or shallot, rinsed in cold water and patted dry 4 cups loosely packed watercress, arugula, or baby lettuce mix (2 ounces)
1/4 cup torn fresh mint, basil, or other leafy herb (optional)
8 cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
Gently toss together tofu and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a bowl. Spread tofu in an even layer on a kitchen towel or double layer of paper towels; let drain 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together 3 tablespoons water, Bragg Liquid Aminos, sugar, garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch, pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until sugar dissolves; set aside.
Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Pat tofu with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Add tofu to hot skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on 2 to 3 sides, 5 to 6 minutes.
Whisk together 2 tablespoons water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add onion; top with watercress, mint, and tomatoes (if using). Do not toss salad; set aside.
Reduce heat under tofu in skillet to medium; pour Bragg Liquid Aminos mixture over tofu. Cook, stirring often, until sauce reduces slightly and clings to tofu, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Toss together salad ingredients in bowl; transfer to a serving dish. Top with tofu; spoon remaining sauce in skillet over tofu