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Black Pepper Tofu with Bok Choy

Ingredients


8–12 ounces firm tofu, patted dry, cut into 1-inch cubes (do not use silken tofu)
corn starch for dredging (optional)
2 tablespoons wok oil (high heat oil like peanut, or coconut )
generous, 5-finger pinch of salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked peppercorns
1 fat shallot, sliced
4 cloves garlic, rough chopped
6 ounces baby bok choy (about 4) quartered lengthwise ( or if very thick, in half again)

Black Pepper Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce ( or Gluten-free Liquid Aminos)
2 tablespoons Chinese Cooking Wine ( Shaoxing Rice Wine) or sub dry white wine, pale sherry,  or rice wine
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon brown sugar ( or sub palm sugar, coconut sugar or agave)
½ teaspoon fresh cracked peppercorns
1 teaspoon chili paste (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1. Cut tofu into cubes and blot dry with paper towels, pressing down gently.

2. Make the wok sauce, stirring ingredients together in a small until most of the sugar dissolves. Place it by the stove.

3. Prep the shallots, garlic and bok choy.

4. Dredge the tofu in a light coating of cornstarch (cornstarch is optional, but provides a crispier texture).

5. Heat oil in a wok or large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the salt and crushed peppercorns to the oil, swirling it around until fragrant, about one minute.

6. Add the tofu to the seasoned oil, and sear on all sides until golden and crispy, turning the heat down if need be. Be patient and take your time, it will take about 5-6 minutes.

7. Set the crispy tofu aside on a paper towel-lined plate, and wipe the pan out.

8. Heat another teaspoon or two of oil over medium heat, and add shallots, garlic and bok choy. Stir continuously until bok choy begins to wilt and shallots become golden, about 3-4 minutes. Add the wok sauce to the pan, careful to get all the sugar that may have settled in the bowl.

9. Simmer for a couple of minutes, or until bok choy is just tender.

10. At the very very end, toss the tofu back into the pan with the bok choy and sauce (just long enough to coat, only 5-10 seconds!) Cooking any longer will remove the amazing crispiness! Taste for salt and heat, adjusting to your preference.

11. Serve immediately!

Black Pepper Tofu with Bok Choy

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 463 Per Serving

Meal Type

Nutrition Facts

Carbohydrates: 37.5g | Total Fat: 24.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 10.8g | Protein: 24.8g

Applied Diet Types

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan

Ingredients


8–12 ounces firm tofu, patted dry, cut into 1-inch cubes (do not use silken tofu)
corn starch for dredging (optional)
2 tablespoons wok oil (high heat oil like peanut, or coconut )
generous, 5-finger pinch of salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked peppercorns
1 fat shallot, sliced
4 cloves garlic, rough chopped
6 ounces baby bok choy (about 4) quartered lengthwise ( or if very thick, in half again)

Black Pepper Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce ( or Gluten-free Liquid Aminos)
2 tablespoons Chinese Cooking Wine ( Shaoxing Rice Wine) or sub dry white wine, pale sherry,  or rice wine
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon brown sugar ( or sub palm sugar, coconut sugar or agave)
½ teaspoon fresh cracked peppercorns
1 teaspoon chili paste (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1. Cut tofu into cubes and blot dry with paper towels, pressing down gently.

2. Make the wok sauce, stirring ingredients together in a small until most of the sugar dissolves. Place it by the stove.

3. Prep the shallots, garlic and bok choy.

4. Dredge the tofu in a light coating of cornstarch (cornstarch is optional, but provides a crispier texture).

5. Heat oil in a wok or large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the salt and crushed peppercorns to the oil, swirling it around until fragrant, about one minute.

6. Add the tofu to the seasoned oil, and sear on all sides until golden and crispy, turning the heat down if need be. Be patient and take your time, it will take about 5-6 minutes.

7. Set the crispy tofu aside on a paper towel-lined plate, and wipe the pan out.

8. Heat another teaspoon or two of oil over medium heat, and add shallots, garlic and bok choy. Stir continuously until bok choy begins to wilt and shallots become golden, about 3-4 minutes. Add the wok sauce to the pan, careful to get all the sugar that may have settled in the bowl.

9. Simmer for a couple of minutes, or until bok choy is just tender.

10. At the very very end, toss the tofu back into the pan with the bok choy and sauce (just long enough to coat, only 5-10 seconds!) Cooking any longer will remove the amazing crispiness! Taste for salt and heat, adjusting to your preference.

11. Serve immediately!
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