Five Spice Tofu Seared on One Side

  • Yield: 4 servings

Serve with basmati rice or couscous.


Ginger-Sesame Marinade:
1/8cup low-sodium soy sauce
1tablespoon rice vinegar
1teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1teaspoon sesame seeds
2teaspoons minced ginger root
2 garlic cloves, minced
Chinese Vegetables:
2cups shredded green cabbage
2cups shredded Napa cabbage or bok choy
1cup thin-sliced snow peas, cut on the diagonal
1cup thin-sliced carrots, cut on the diagonal
8 scallions, sliced on the diagonal
Tofu Seared on One Side:
1pound firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 4 (1/2-inch-thick slices
1teaspoon light brown sugar
1/2teaspoon five spice powder
2teaspoons canola oil


  1. To make marinade: Combine all ingredients in a nonreactive small bowl and set aside.
  2. To make vegetables: Combine the vegetables in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. To make tofu: Drain tofu slices on a paper towel 2 minutes per side. Mix sugar and five spice powder and sprinkle on both sides of tofu. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a nonreactive large saute pan or skillet over medium heat. Place tofu in pan and cover with sliced vegetables. Cover pan and allow to cook over medium heat 5 minutes. Pour marinade over vegetables, cover, and continue to cook 2 minutes. Tofu will be golden brown and vegetables should be steamed tender. Remove vegetables from pan and place on 4 plates. Serve a slice of tofu on each bed of vegetables.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 173
  • Fat 9g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 303mg
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Protein 12g