Sizzling Ginger-Lemongrass Tofu


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Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass, tender inner bulb only, minced

  • One 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons minced mint leaves

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 scallion, minced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

  • One 14-ounce package firm tofu at room temperature-drained, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick


  1. In a small, heatproof bowl, combine the lemongrass with the ginger, cilantro, mint, sesame seeds, scallion, garlic, crushed red pepper, soy sauce and rice vinegar.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat the oil over high heat until almost smoking, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, arrange the tofu slices on a plate. When the oil is hot, pour it over the lemongrass mixture; it will sizzle. Immediately spoon the hot ginger-lemongrass sauce over the tofu and serve.

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