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Fried Tofu with broccoli and mushrooms - it's all about the mindset!

OMG...this was a random conversation with a friend on what to do with the tofu I bought at Costco! This randomness turned into a delicious meal with a touch of Meena! Fried tofu with broccoli and mushroom but you can use any veggies you want and of course we (okay I) added a beautiful Shiraz as a garnish! Not only I've become a chef in my own mind but the creations make me understand what cooking is all about! I'm surprised I didn't this part of me sooner...thanks COVID!! I'm aww'ed at what is possible if you set your mind to it! I used maple syrup so it wasn't as dark but you can also use dark brown sugar! Vegetables - use can use whatever your heart desires but don't play with the can be used with so many recipes! sooo yummy! You can also replace the tofu with meat!


1 large head of broccoli - cut into small florets

Handful of mushrooms - sliced

2 medium size red Thai chili peppers – sliced on an angle

2 scallions – sliced on an angle

1” ginger – grated

2 garlic cloves – minced

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar or pure maple syrup

2 tbsp. tahini (or peanut butter)

2 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 tbsp. sesame oil

1 ½ tsp cornstarch plus ¼ cup cornstarch

1 ½ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

½ tsp garlic powder

1tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds

¼ cup Vegetable oil plus more

Serve with steamed rice or cauliflower rice.


Tofu – drain and pat dry then cut into cubes set aside

Sauce (best sauce ever)

Whisk together – ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar or maple syrup, tahini, rice vinegar, sesame oil, 1 ½ tsp cornstarch, salt and 4 tbsp water(may need more) – set aside

- Sprinkle the tofu with salt and cornstarch – make sure it’scoated well.

- In a wok – heat vegetable oil – add broccoli for about 4 minutes, add mushrooms, red chili peppers, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, garlic powder – sauté for about 3 minutes then remove from heat and set aside

- Fry the tofu so that its golden brown but not burnt (time can vary ..dependent on your stoves) - I did this in a frying pan but you can also fry in a fryer) – need it to be crispy.

- in the same wok without the veggies and tofu…add oil, and add the sauce. Bring it to a boil…add the tofu and the vegetables and mix well.

- Garnish with the scallions and sesame seeds – toss

This was soooo good without the rice but if you want you can have it with steamed rice or cauliflower rice and ENJOY with a nice glass of wine!

You have to experiment with different veggies , can even add meat instead of tofu but the sauce is what gives it the best flavor and can be used in sooo many recipes!!!



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