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Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce
© Anson Smart.

Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 2 main-course or 4 first-course servings
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN

Tofu is an unlikely partner for red wine, but in this recipe by Young Hwa Chung—wife of Dana Estates owner Hi Sang Lee—a soy-ginger glaze works well with the winery's Cabernet Sauvignon.

  1. 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon Korean red pepper flakes or 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  4. 1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped
  5. 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  6. 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  7. 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  8. One 14-ounce container firm tofu
  9. Vegetable oil, for frying
  10. 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  11. Steamed rice, for serving
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce with the sugar, red pepper, garlic, sesame oil, ginger and sesame seeds.
  2. Slice the tofu crosswise into 8 thin slabs. Dry the tofu with paper towels, pressing until no moisture remains.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. Add the tofu and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Spoon the sauce over the fried tofu and sprinkle with the scallion. Serve with steamed rice.