Crispy Garlic and Ginger Tofu

by Andie Mitchell on April 19, 2011

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Daniel told me again that I was chewing in my sleep again the other night.

Me: “But how do you know I was chewing and not mouthing secrets?”

Daniel: “Well, I guess because it looked a whole lot like how you eat a hamburger. Mouth open, bite down, upanddown, upanddown, upanddown, and then, smile.”

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Me: “How do you know I was smiling? And what are you trying to say about me and hamburgers?”

Daniel: “Because it was the opposite of a frown? And you always smile like that when you’re eating.”

Me: “Oh.”

Daniel: “I tried to take a picture with my phone but it was too dark.”

Me: “Yes and good thing because I’d rather not have a photo of me in my jammies, in my bed, mock-chewing.”


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Daniel: “No, trust me it was the cutest thing I’ve seen all year.”

Me: “It’s only April. What about the puppy that belongs to our neighbor downstairs?”

Daniel: “He doesn’t chew that sweetly. And he certainly doesn’t look as happy while he’s eating.”

Me: “Good point. I wish I knew what I was eating.”

Daniel: “Why?”

Me: “Because now I’m hungry.”

Daniel: “You’re always hungry.”

Me: “Good point. I wish I had something to eat.”

Daniel: “You always have something to eat.”

Me: “Good point. Can you make me something to eat?”

Daniel: “No.”


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Me: “If you could just make me a flatbread…”

Daniel: “No.”

Me: “Something saucy.”

Daniel: “No.”

Me: “Something with cheese.”

Daniel: “No.”


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Me: “But I’m starving.”


And then Daniel walked out the door and left me for good.


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And then, in his absence, I marinated tofu for hours in a sweet and salty soy-ginger-garlic sauce.

And fried thin slices of it to a deep brown crisp in a frying pan.

And rolled those wildly flavorful strips in a flatbread with soft, sauteed sweet peppers and red onions.


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And then Jesus called.

And the clouds parted.

And unicorns jumped over rainbows.

And then Daniel came back to me.

[He was hungry.]


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And we lived semi-happily ever after.


The end.

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Garlic and Ginger Tofu

serves 3

For marinade and sauce:

½ cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 garlic cloves, minced

Remaining ingredients:

16 oz block extra firm tofu, pressed, dried with a towel, and sliced into 1/4” thick strips

1 tablespoon canola oil

Whisk all marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Lay the slices of tofu in a shallow pan and pour the marinade over the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Set a large nonstick frying pan or wok over medium high heat. Add the canola oil and swirl to coat. Place the tofu in the pan in a single layer and let them cook for about 8 minutes per side. Check the underside of one of the pieces after 4 minutes to ensure they don’t burn. The tofu should develop a dark, crisp crust. Remove the tofu from the pan, place it on a serving plate, and pour the remaining marinade in the pan. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring frequently, until it has thickened into a glossy syrup.

Pour the thickened soy sauce over the tofu and serve with sauteed or grilled vegetables in a flatbread.


Nutrition info for 1/3 of entire recipe: Calories: 174, Fat: 14.1g, Carb: 16.4g, Fiber: 2.8g, Sugars: 9.3g, Protein: 19.7g

{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina @ spabettie April 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

oh, I love Love LOVE this post. I wish he had gotten a photo too :D

and your photos are mouthwatering as always… now I AM HUNGRY! ;)


healthyteacher April 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

My husband was peering over my shoulder as I was reading this and said, “What is that? I’d eat that. Are you gonna make that?”

I said,”tofu, okay, and yes.”


Ashley April 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Yum yummy!! Cant wait to try this one :) I need to know where you get your flatbreads. They look delicious and you seem to be enjoying them a lot lately.


NikNik April 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I was missing the flatbreads there for a minute (sorry Daniel). Ever since the beginning of your flatbread period I’ve been searching for good flatbread, all over the Central Coast of California. So far to no avail.

I lived in Melbourne (Australia) for many years, where great souvlaki is the local fast food – and these flatbreads look just like the ones I enjoyed there.

I’m not giving up though….. There’s great flatbread in my future – I just know it, and when I find it, I’ll be wrapping it around this marinated tofu – and smiling while I eat it.


Nelly Rodriguez April 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm

love love the mini conversation! and the part where you mention unicorns. unicorns rock.


Frieda April 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I want to see a play about you and Daniel. Guess it would be very entertaining :) or could you just write me a book? Would be a fun read. Thanks!


rsmacaalay April 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

That wrap looks so mouthwatering!


Patricia DeWit April 20, 2011 at 12:37 am

I definitely chose the right food blog to follow! Even in your sleep you are cooking up something yummy.


Helena April 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

Can I move in with you? I love anything wrapped in flatbread! And I’m very tolerant about mock-chewing :D


Can You Stay for Dinner April 20, 2011 at 6:14 am

You can move in anytime. We have an air mattress with your name on it :)


johnny April 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

You are sooo cute! :) That first photo would have me chewing in my sleep as well! Love tofu, gona do that recipe for sure!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 20, 2011 at 3:17 am

That is the most appetizing tofu I’ve ever seen! Also, I can now understand your obsession with that bread because I’d really like to grab it from my computer screen.


Dishes of Mrs. Fish April 20, 2011 at 3:35 am

I’m pretty sure this is the best tofu has ever looked. :)


Stephanie April 20, 2011 at 3:58 am

I speak 3 languages in my sleep…. and I am 80% sure I was cooking last night as well. But chewing… hahahahahaha…. hilarious!!!! GRANDE!!!


cleaneatingchelsey April 20, 2011 at 4:33 am

Um, I know what I”m making for dinner tomorrow night. End of story.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

Yummmm! I just made a very similar tofu marinade and sort of forgot about my tofu…. it was in the sauce for about 2 days and I finally cooked it yesterday – probably the most flavoured tofu I’ve ever had!!! However, I did not have one of your gorgeous flatbreads on hand so it had to go on a bowl of greens instead. Next time… I’ll be a little more prepared :)


Carissa April 20, 2011 at 5:09 am

These flatbread posts are making me VERY hungry. I’m always hungry, too. And always eating something. :-)


beyondbananas April 20, 2011 at 6:07 am

Honestly.. I have never eaten Tofu. Something about it scares me…


sara April 20, 2011 at 6:08 am

Haaa, so fun :) I once woke up to hear my sister sleep-chewing. I could hear the little clicks when she bit down, it was hilarious. She didn’t remember what she’d been eating either.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 20, 2011 at 6:20 am

This looks fantastic!!! I’ve been on a big tofu kick lately, so this recipe will definitely be put to use!


thetwentyfifthyear April 20, 2011 at 6:21 am

I love this story! You guys are so cute. Any guy that thinks a girl mock eating in her sleep is the cutest thing he’s seen all year is definitely a keeper.


brandi April 20, 2011 at 6:41 am

It’s too bad we don’t live closer – I think we’d all get along so well. My husband and I the same conversations, usually about the funny things I do or say in my sleep :)

This looks so good.


Amanda R. April 20, 2011 at 6:46 am

Mmmmmm I love you more now. I’m a tofu addict on a high protein diet and I just started drooling. My Everything Bagel Thin with cream cheese didn’t taste as good. Admittedly it’s because there was no lox…BUT STILL.


Sarah April 20, 2011 at 6:56 am

oh this looks soooooo delicious! i’ve been craving asian flavors lately. also, i love that you dream of food!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 20, 2011 at 7:07 am

I lovelovelove tofu. Great recipe, I will definitely try this marinade!


Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

This looks beautiful. And delicious!


Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 20, 2011 at 7:54 am

This is stunning and looks mouthwateringly delicious!

As an aside, I’m pretty sure that people who claim to have a strong dislike for all things tofu, just don’t have the right marinade or cooking technique. I still have some learning to do when it comes to cooking tofu, but I’ve also tasted what it’s capable of being, which is enough reason for me to keep it in my kitchen.

I can’t *wait* to try your recipe! :D


Krystina (Organically Me) April 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

This post put a huge smile on my face. Your relationship is cute. :)


Erin April 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

I’ve always wanted to cook crispy tofu at home, thanks for sharing!


MelissaNibbles April 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

Fantastic. I need flatbreads in my life.


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

Ok I can’t say that I eat tofu, but you are making me want to start! Ah this looks so delicious! That marinade alone is calling my name :)


Gina April 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

Pretty sure I could live off of your flatbread recipes:)


Shanna, like Banana April 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

Mmm, lovely flavors.

Daniel sounds like a pretty sweet guy ;)


Clarissa @ Sober and the City April 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

So funny! I grind my teeth at night, its probably not as cute!


Beth April 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

Wow Andrea this tofu looks unbelievable! Tofu is so delicious when its prepared correctly, and this looks perfect!


healthyandlazy April 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Looks flippin amazing.

Those are probably the most appetizing tofu pictures I’ve ever seen.


Ellen Renee April 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I am going to be adventurous and try this – have only had tofu in a lovely Hot and Sour soup from my favorite chinese restaurant. After we were 1st married (almost 23 years ago) my husband told me I sat up in bed and said “Do you know what Oprah said today?” – he told me he did not care what she said – can you imagine?!! I have no memory of it though – was just talking in my sleep. Supposedly I laugh a great deal too..and drool – I sound like a catch huh?


Can You Stay for Dinner April 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Ellen Renee, this makes me happy :) I’d love to talk about Oprah with you sometime!


Lisa @ Thrive Style April 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

How funny! And if I was dreaming about eating that combo of flavors I would be smiling too!! :)


Lauren April 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Haha! Great post! That tofu looks pretty delish, too! Nomnom!


Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) April 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

This looks amazing, definitely worth all that waiting.


veggiegrettie April 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Those looks crazy fantastic! The bread / tortilla looks so soft and yummy.


Lindsey @ trail to train April 21, 2011 at 5:26 am

I had a dream last night that I made these and I’m not even joking. lol I also had to yell at my boyfriend in the dream because he was complaining it wasn’t meat and I said “You know what? You can just deal with it OK?!” It was awesome. Just thought I would share.


Can You Stay for Dinner April 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

Linds, you’re a girl after my own heart :)


Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 21, 2011 at 9:32 am

Love this kind of tofu! A steady go-to weeknight meal for me. So good!


Can You Stay for Dinner April 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

Thanks Jen!


The Chocolate Covered Kitchen April 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

It’s photos like these that led me to nominate you for Saveur Food Blog Award for best photography, and I urge other readers to do the same. Deadline Friday, April 22: photos like these deserve some attention!


simplynutritiouskate April 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

there is nothing better then crispy tofu this dish looks amazing!


Jinal May 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Hi my next target is this tofu…. It looks really yummy… But can I ask you a question? One if the ingredient is brown sugar… So I was wondering if that tofu has sweet taste? Cuz I dont really like sweet n I was wondering if it sweet can you tell me any substitute to make it spicy… Thank you….sorry I really love your recipes but i don’t like sweet that’s why…


Nicole July 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Looks delicious! I frequently make something very similar to this with the additional step of dredging the tofu in a mixture of all-purpose flour and sesame seeds (about 1/2 cup flour to 3 tablespoons sesame seeds) it adds a little extra crispiness and crunch, although I imagine that you would need to shorten the cooking time slightly to avoid burning the sesame seeds (I heat the oil to just below smoking and allow the tofu to brown for 1-2 minutes per side and it comes out deliciously crispy).


Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hi Andrea, I made this dish and I loved it. The husband loved it too. He had 3 servings of it. We will be adding this to our recipe rotation. thank you so much


Jessica October 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

I recently found your blog and love everything about it- your photos, your mouth-watering recipes, and your voice.

I made this recipe last night and it was amazing! My only question is if there would be some way to make it less-salty. I didn’t use low-sodium soy sauce, as I usually do, so maybe that would be all it would take. Any thoughts?


Kristin Roundy November 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Made it and LOVED it! Even the hubby was impressed. He added some sriracha chili sauce for an extra kick, but I liked it as is.


Alicia January 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Made it tonight…was so good! We used Lavash bread because we couldn’t find flat bread. I think flat bread is delish! Next time! Thanks for the recipe!


Gloribel March 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

Can you let it marinate for longer? lets say.. 6 hrs.. id like to get that half done before work.


Vicky March 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

This sounds delicious! I love tofu!


Regina March 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

I made this and it came out GREAT… it was my first time making tofu…
I just wondered if you would get the same result if you baked it?
I’m trying to eat healthy and thought frying was bad for you =(


Elizabeth Snapp May 8, 2012 at 7:10 am

I made this and it was sooooooo YUMMY! My husband loved it as well. Thanks for posting it! I love your blog!


Jodie in MN June 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I found your blog the other day and have been reading bits and pieces when I can. You have an amazing story and your recipes make me (the chef’s daughter who has never enjoyed cooking)want to cook. This tofu recipe looks delicious. I have never tried tofu, but I have a package of it in my frig right now. I bought it to try to sneak some protien into my 4 year old who won’t eat meat-she probably won’t eat this either, but it’s worth a shot! We’ll be eating it soon. Thanks!


Hayashi-san April 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I wrapped this tofu with sushi rice, lightly sautéed zucchini and nori. Absolutely delicious. Thanks for the wonderful idea!


Kelly September 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I tried this as written, and it was good — except way too salty. Next time I would consider watering down the soy sauce a bit, or using low-sodium soy sauce.


Sarah October 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I really wanted this to turn out…but the tofu kept crumbling and everything just stuck to the pan and burnt over…how do you get it not to stick? I used the oil and extra firm tofu. It was ‘sprouted’ tofu, not sure if that makes a difference. Tried two different types of pans and it still stuck like crazy :( Defeated.


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