Free Recipe Marinated Nigari Tofu

Recipe Type: C Recipes
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Recipe Serves: 6

Ingredients for Marinated Nigari Tofu Recipe

2 Medium-sized cloves garlic,
2 tb Chinese sesame oil
2 tb Soy sauce
1 tb Mirin
1 To 2 teaspoons brown sugar
-(to taste)
1 tb Fresh lemon juice
1/4 ts Salt
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1 lb Nigari tofu

Marinated Nigari Tofu Preparation

Some people love their tofu plain. Others find it dull unless it is marinated in strong delicious flavors, as in this recipe. Firm tofu marinates beautifully. (Softer varieties contain — and thus expel — more water, causing the marinade to become dilute.) Nigari tofu is one of the firmest types available. You can find it in some Asian groceries and in many natural food stores. It usually comes vacuum-packed or in a container of water. If you can”t get tofu labeled nigari, just use the firmest you can find. Mirin is Japanese cooking sake, available in most Asian grocery stores. If you can”t find it, substitute a sweet wine or sherry. (my note: I use regular hard tofu from the grocery store, slice it and let it drain for a while. Also, I do not use the mirin or any substitute with alcohol, and it all still comes out great.) 1. Combine all ingredients except tofu in a shallow pan or bowl. Whisk until well combined. (my note: I use a 9×13 baking dish.) 2. Cut the tofu into 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay them out in the marinade in such a way as to allow maximum contact with the sauce. Marinate at room temperature for several hours (provided the room is not too hot, in which case, cover them and let them marinate in the refrigerator). Turn them and move them around every 20 to 30 minutes or so, and tilt the pan periodically, so the flavors of the marinade can make the rounds and the tofu gets deeply an evenly penetrated. 3. After the tofu has been marinating for several hours you may either serve it at room temperature, or cover it tightly, and refrigerate until serving time. (It will keep for several days if it is fresh to begin with.) My Notes: I am the only one here that likes tofu, so this is nice in that I don”t have to eat it up all at once! It is delicious, and I like the pieces in with a salad, plopped onto noodles, or just by itself. If you don”t like tofu, Karin, I”m sure someone else will enjoy the recipe ;-) From Still Life With Menu by Mollie Katzen From Gemini”s MASSIVE MealMaster collection at

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