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Crispy Tofu in Spicy Agave Glaze

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  • Difficulty Intermediate Difficulty
  • Time 60"

The premise is simple: roast tofu at high heat until it's crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, and then toss it in a sweet and spicy glaze and fresh cilantro. The glaze clings to the tofu and adds notes of ginger, agave, and pepper in every bite. If you can, use a stick blender to really emulsify the sauce ingredients for a creamier consistency. And definitely take the extra bit of time to press the tofu - it makes a big difference in the final texture of the dish.

How To MakeDiet Type: Plant-based

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    Tofu
  • 1 (14 ounce) pack extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch (optional) Spicy Agave Glaze
  • 3 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil (grapeseed, safflower, or avocado)
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 packed tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
  1. Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Step 2: Remove the tofu from the packaging and drain all the liquid. Press the tofu using a tofu press, or cut it in half lengthwise and wrap each half in clean, absorbent towels. You can use paper towels or clean reusable ones. Set the wrapped tofu on a cutting board and then set something heavy on top of it. A heavy cast-iron pan or book would work. Press out the moisture in this way for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Meanwhile, combine all glaze ingredients in a tall mason jar and emulsify it with a stick blender. You could also use a small blender, or whisk by hand. If doing so by hand, mince the ginger very well. It will be less creamy, but still tasty.
  4. Step 4: Remove the wet towels or the press from the tofu. Cut the tofu into 1" inch pieces. You should get anywhere between 8 to 16 pieces per block.
  5. Step 5: Place the tofu in a bowl and gently toss it with the oil, coating all sides. Add the optional starch and coat all sides until no white starch patches remain.
  6. Step 6: Transfer the oiled tofu to the baking sheet in a single layer. Roast the tofu for 30 minutes, flipping them over after the first 15 minutes. Before flipping, set the baking sheet on a cooling rack/oven top and let the tofu rest for 1 to 2 minutes. Giving the tofu a little time to cool off before flipping will help it not stick or tear on the baking sheet. After flipping, place the tofu back in the oven to finish cooking.
  7. Step 7: After the 30 minutes, the sides should look golden and crisp. Reduce the heat to 350°F and cook another 5 to 10 minutes. It will be crisp on the sides and soft in the middle.
  8. Step 8: Toss the cooked tofu with some of the prepared glaze and all of the fresh cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  9. Serve: This is great with a side of spicy vegan mayo, fluffy rice, and/or steamed vegetables. Enjoy.
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Crispy Tofu in Spicy Agave Glaze

PT1H 1 (14 ounce) pack extra-firm tofu 1 tablespoon cooking oil 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon corn starch (optional) 3 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil (grapeseed, safflower, or avocado) 3 tablespoons agave syrup 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 packed tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon sriracha 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt Gluten Free Vegan 4 Servings Ingredients:

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