Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sweet and Sour Fried Tofu

The other night I was looking for a recipe that was a bit out of the ordinary and at the same time my eyes hit a container of tofu and coconut oil, which got me thinking about how I could cook the two together.  What I came up with was tofu fried in coconut oil in a sweet and sour sauce.

First, I drained the extra-firm tofu and then patted it dry with a paper towel.  Next, I cut the chunk into cubes and then tossed them in 2 Tablespoons of non-GMO cornstarch, 2 teaspoons of onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt.  At the same time I turned on my wok and heated a couple of cups of coconut oil over medium high heat.

Into the oil went half of the batch of tofu, I turned it over then it got brown and then transferred the cubes to a warm tray in the oven while I fried up the rest of the batch.

For the sauce, I mixed the following ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup SUCANAT
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice (OR mix of 1/4 cup each of orange juice and lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato sauce/paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Braggs Amino Acids
  • 2 Tablespoons non-GMO cornstarch

Then, when the tofu was done cooking, I transferred the coconut oil out of the wok and dumped the sweet and sour sauce ingredients in.  Heating and stirring over medium heat the sauce thickens in a matter of minutes and is ready to serve over your tofu, rice and veggies.

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