Inspiration: Brandon really loves tofu, and I really love peanut butter, so I thought that this recipe was kind of a win for the both of us.
What We Loved: This was a really interesting dish and unlike anything that either of us have had before. Like pretty much any tofu dish, the sauce or accompaniments that you serve it with were truly the star. The tofu itself was nice and silken soft as tofu always is, but the sauce was all kinds of delicious. It had a super rich, classic peanut butter flavor with a nice tang from the lime juice and awesome Chinese-style flavors going on with the soy sauce and garlic. We both just loved the green onion and cilantro garnishes, too – green onions pair so well in Chinese-style dishes, and the cilantro added such a lovely and fresh herbal touch. As a whole, the layers of complexity in the sauce really paired so nicely with the soft and delicate tofu for a light yet still very filling meal.
Tips: I thought that the peanut butter sauce was a tad too salty, which was probably a combination of the peanut butter that I used (Whole Foods 365 Brand creamy peanut butter) and the soy sauce. I might recommend starting with one tablespoon of soy sauce in the sauce rather than two, and taste-testing it before adding the second tablespoon. Or, you can also go for unsalted peanut butter.
Tofu with Peanut Butter Sauce
Source: Keep Your Diet Real
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons warm water, more if necessary
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14 oz package extra firm tofu, cut into eight pieces.
Green onions, chopped, for garnish
Cilantro, minced, for garnish
1. Add the peanut butter, water, soy sauce, lime juice, and garlic to a bowl. Whisk well until a nice, smooth sauce forms.
2. Heat a good drizzle of sesame oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add the tofu, and cook until lightly browned and heated through, 4-5 minutes per side.
3. Serve the tofu topped with the peanut sauce and garnished with green onions and cilantro.
Carrie, I don’t eat tofu but the sauce sounds good. Think I’ll try it on a thin piece of chicken or maybe a fish fillet.
I think the sauce would be great on chicken in particular. Or pork chops!
I used Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce (Kecap manis) instead of regular soy sauce. With this change the recipe is stellar!
So glad that you liked it! I have never had kecap manis before…..is it very sugary?
It is sweet/salty and a little thicker than regular soy sauce, maybe like the sweetness of mixing honey and soy sauce? but more complex…. The brand I use is Conimex, one other brand I tried was more like a molasses in consistency and too sweet in my opinion. I buy it at my local grocer but in other places I’ve lived I had to look for a Dutch food store to buy. Makes a nice beef/green pepper stir fry marinade when mixed with red wine and minced ginger!
Interesting. I’ll have to look for that particular brand that you mentioned sometime…..it would be nice to use some more authentic ingredients like that every now and then.
That beef stir fry that you mentioned sounds fab!
Words can not explain how much I adored this dish. Thanks for the recipe!
Oh good! I’m so glad to hear it! I adore anything with peanut butter :)