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Seared Tofu with Pan Sauce
and rice / ginger roasted sweet potatoes

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Sear breaded strips of tofu in a hot skillet and then finish them with a savory pan sauce. Ginger roasted sweet potatoes and apples add a touch of spicy-sweet flavor on the side.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Seared Tofu with Pan Sauce:
  • Tofu, extra firm (vacuum packed preferable) - 16 oz, sliced into strips
  • Rice, white or brown - 1 cup
  • Flour - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Wine, white (sub stock) - 1/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
Ginger Sweet Potatoes:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, cubed
  • Onions, red - 1/2, chopped
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
  • Apples, preferably a tart variety like Granny Smith - 1, cubed
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, sherry - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Then slice into 1" (2.5 cm) cubes. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)

  2. Rice - (Skip if rice was already made on Tuesday.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make breading - Combine flour, salt, paprika and black pepper in a large Ziploc bag. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Sweet potatoes / Onions / Ginger / Shallots - Prep as directed. Combine sweet potatoes, onions and ginger in one container. Store shallots in a separate container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  5. Tofu - Slice tofu into strips. Season with some salt and pepper.

  6. Apples - Cube apples (you can peel them first if you’d like, but it's not necessary).

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.

  2. Combine sweet potatoes, onions, apples, ginger, olive oil and sherry vinegar. Spread on a sheet pan and season with some salt and pepper.

  3. Transfer sheet pan to oven and roast until sweet potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring a couple times during cooking.

  4. While potatoes roast, toss tofu in Ziploc bag to coat in flour.

  5. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil. Shake excess flour off tofu and place in heated oil. Sear tofu on all sides until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes total. Set tofu aside and return pan to heat.

  6. Add shallots to heated pan and saute until soft, 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Pour wine over shallots and bring to a simmer. Add stock and lemon zest with a pinch of salt and simmer until sauce reduces by about half.

  8. Return tofu to pan and spoon sauce over top. 

  9. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.

  10. Serve tofu over rice with pan sauce spooned over top. Enjoy sweet potatoes on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (104)
Gluten-free (10)
Paleo (16)
Vegetarian (16)

Most Helpful

The meal was really tasty, especially the chicken, but as others have pointed out, takes much more time to cook than the recipe says. I roasted the sweet potatoes with seasonal veggies like carrots, beets, and broccoli, because nobody really had anything positive to say about the apples and I needed to use up our CSA. Unless you cut up sweet potatoes into chunks so small they are invisible to the naked eye, they will take about 35 minutes to roast, not 15. I added more stock to the pan 3/4 cup instead of 1/4 and seared the thighs for about 5 minutes extra (seared both sides) in our cast iron skillet. After about 20 minutes in the oven they were done. Bone in meat just takes longer. Other than the timing issue, the meal was great! The veggies would have been bland I think, but we mixed them with our leftover pan sauce so they were delicious.

By: Elanie
Posted: Oct 20, 2016
Diet: Paleo
1 Helpful

56 reviews

I chopped the sweet potatoes medium-small and left the apple pieces much larger, they were done in 20 minutes. The veggies were delightful, the tofu was great, pan sauce was great. I thought the flavors were really nice and it was a very easy dish to make. The rice felt slightly out of place but it ended up working out nicely.

By: Kayla
Posted: Sep 12, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Amazing, did everything as described and came out perfect

By: Nienke
Posted: Aug 24, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I don't prefer thighs or skin, so this dish did not come out crispy.

By: Deirdra
Posted: Dec 18, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the chicken, but the sweet potatoes were just ok!

By: Grace
Posted: Nov 16, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Yum! Next time we'll skip the rice and just do extra veggies. The meal really didn't need the rice.

By: Victoria
Posted: Nov 12, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the ginger sweet potatoes. The chicken was crispy and delicious

By: Courtney
Posted: Nov 02, 2016
Diet: Original
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