Teriyaki Tofu with Lemon

Although tofu is usually grilled on skewers in Japan,Steven Raichlen has taken an easier approach here, by cutting and grilling the tofu in steaklike slabs.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup sake or dry sherry
  • 3/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • Three 15-ounce blocks of extra-firm or firm tofu, drained and halved horizontally to form 6 slabs
  • 3 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped scallion greens
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lightly toasted sesame seeds

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar and lemon zest and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  2. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the lemon juice. Whisk into the saucepan and bring to a boil, then cook over low heat for 1 minute, stirring. Let the teriyaki sauce cool.

  3. Light a grill. Lightly oil the grate. Pat the tofu dry with paper towels. Place in a shallow baking dish and brush with the sesame oil. Grill the tofu over a medium-hot fire, basting with the teriyaki sauce, until heated through and browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Drizzle with the remaining sauce, sprinkle with the scallions and sesame seeds and serve.

Contributed By Published June 2002

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