Mamacita's Salsa Fresca Tofu Stir-Fry - Recipe #27
Prep: 1 hour
Inactive: 2 hours
Cook: 2 hours
1/2 cup Mamacita's Salsa Fresca Spicy
1 package extra firm tofu
1 cup of slice red pepper
1 cup of sliced carrots
1 cup of sliced sugar snap peas
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup green onion
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
4 tablespoon brown sugar
First take the firm tofu out of the package, draining liquid. Place it flat on a cutting board and slice 1/4 inch thick rectangles. On a large sheet pan, place two layers of paper towel down and lay the sliced tofu on it, evenly spaced. Place a few more layers of paper towel over the tofu and top with a second, same-sized sheet pan. With a weight (canned food, heavy pans) on top, let sit for at least a half hour. Remove paper towel, replace with fresh paper towel, and let sit with weight for another half hour, or longer, until most of the water content is gone from the tofu.
While the tofu is under the weights, make the marinade. In a bowl, mix Mamacita's Salsa Fresca, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Once the marinade is mixed, put it in a flat container and place the ready tofu in it, making sure it's completely covered. Marinade for at least one hour (or overnight if you're planning ahead!) Tofu takes on the flavors you give it, so the more time, the better! If you don't want to use tofu, you can always substitute with chicken or another meat!
Once the tofu is done marinating, take a sheet pan and place a completely metal cooling rack on it. Lay out the tofu evenly on the rack and place in the oven at 250 degrees for one hour. After the hour is complete, raise the temperature to 350 and bake for an additional forty five minutes. The purpose of baking the tofu is to make it the consistency of meat - baking it longer will give it a meatier texture that's delicious! Once the tofu is done, slice the rectangles diagonally into strips.
While the tofu is in the oven, prep all the vegetables and simmer the remaining marinade in a sauce pan with the rest of the brown sugar until it becomes thick. This is a great flavor base that you'll only need a tablespoon or two of for the stir-fry itself.
In a large frying pan, heat the canola oil then add vegetables and some of the thickened marinade. Stir until vegetables are softened and add tofu to heat through. Serve over rice and top with green onion. Enjoy!
Kelly + Kyle