Brown sugar and balsamic tofu brings the delicious balance of sweetness and tang to your dinner plate.
This post is sponsored by the EZ Tofu Press.
Brown Sugar and Balsamic Tofu
There is just something amazing about the combination of sweet and tart. I am talking about brown sugar and balsamic.
Just imagine it now, the tang of the balsamic and the gentle sweetness of the brown sugar. I mean it looks like a match made in heaven to me!
This flavor combination is unique and packs a punch of flavor! We eat a lot of tofu in our house and I am always searching for ways to make it differently.
Tofu is pretty neat in the fact that it absorbs the flavors you put with it. So for this dish it is brown sugar and balsamic all the way! You might have seen this type of combination on meat dishes, specifically chicken, but today we are meatless! It is all about tofu!
What is tofu?
Tofu is generally made by:
- Soaking soybeans in water, then blending them up.
- Straining out the pulp, leaving you with soy milk.
- Adding a coagulant (lemon juice works well) to curdle the milk and create curds.
- Straining again and keeping the solids.
- Pressing the curds to create a block of tofu.
Tofu is a staple in many vegetarian and vegan diets because of its versatility in cooking and its protein content.
But aside from being a delicious non-meat protein source, there are many other health benefits to gain from including tofu into your diet, some of which you may not have realized.
Tofu is Low Fat with Zero Cholesterol
Tofu is a Complete Protein
Those two reasons right there are huge!
How do you cook tofu?
Let’s face it, tofu does not have the best reputation in the culinary world. It’s still a strange ingredient to many people, and tofu, in its raw, natural form is a little bit wiggly and weird looking.
How you cook it can often times make or break a person on their love for this ingredient!
My favorite cooking methods are:
- Pan Frying
- Air Fried (Cooking tofu in the air fryer)
Pressing Your Tofu
Step one, regardless of which of the above four methods you choose, is to press your tofu block. You’ll want to start with firm or extra firm block tofu, and before adding heat to it you need to remove some of the liquid from it.
If the tofu is too liquidy, you won’t get good browning or any crispiness – and you definitely want both of those things in your final dish! This step takes about 15 minutes if you’re using a tofu press. Seriously, THIS IS KEY. You need to make the very small investment and purchase a press!
Generally, if I speak with a person who has prepared tofu and they indicate they didn’ like it, I ask if they pressed their tofu. Want to guess what the answer usually is?
The answer is usually no, they did not press their tofu prior to making the recipe. Pressing your tofu can make a world of difference. So much difference it might be the key step for you to like the flavor and texture of the recipe!
I use an EZ Tofu Press to press my tofu before I cook it. I’ve had mine for years, and it is by far my favorite kitchen tool. This press is unique in that it is made from BPA free plastic and stainless steel so it won’t rust and will keep pressing for years to come.
Even Cabi The Tabby approves of our press!
Reasons WHY I LOVE my EZ Tofu Press:
- It can press virtually all sizes of firm and extra firm tofu.
- The pressing can be achieved in 15 minutes or less. (Talk about a huge time saver!)
- The press is substantially faster than spring based tofu presses.
- The press is easy to clean!
I just love the sauce for this recipe. It is so easy to make. I generally make two batches of this sauce. Then I can use it for a second batch of this recipe later in the week!
I just mix the ingredients together and put into a mason jar. I don’t heat it to thicken it. I do that the when I am preparing that second batch!
Check out these easy tofu recipes:
- Orange Tofu
- Grilled Sweet and Sour Tofu
- Sweet Thai Chili Tofu Bowls (think meal prep!)
- Buffalo Tofu Bites
- Grilled BBQ Tofu Sandwich
- Kid Friendly Tofu Bites (tofu for kids)
- Sweet and Salty Tofu Bowls ( think meal prep!)
Question Time! All about Brown Sugar and Balsamic Tofu!
Is tofu gluten-free?
Yes, tofu is gluten-free. Tofu is made from soy. You need to always read ingredient labels just to double check.
If you are purchasing a tofu that has added flavorings, you might find some hidden gluten! Just be a label reading watchdog and you should be fine! As always, shoot me a message if you need help!
I don’t like balsamic, can I sub it?
Not for this recipe. Truly, it is a key part of the recipe and needs to be included.
I don’t’ like that balsamic vinegar has sulfates.
Is tofu only for vegans?
Tofu isn’t only for vegans. This ingredient is for everybody! It is an acceptable part of your diet whether you are a vegan, meat eater or vegetarian.
Do all types of vegetarians eat tofu?
Yes, all types of vegetarians each tofu. There are several different types of vegetarians.
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Learn how to make this recipe:
Brown Sugar and Balsamic Tofu
- Using a tofu press, press your tofu for 15 minutes. Once pressed cut into cubes and set aside.
- In a bowl whisk together: brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water and coconut aminos.
- In a frying pan over medium heat, warm oil and fry tofu until golden brown.
- Then pour sauce mixture into sauce pan and warm over medium heat. Continually stir and sauce will thicken.
- Pour sauce mixture over cooked tofu and gently stir to coat. Divide sauced tofu equally among four plates.
- Optional to serve with rice! Enjoy!
Question: Let’s talk! Are you a tofu lover? How do you prefer to make your tofu? Do you like to scramble it? Fry it? Bake it? Grill it? Leave me a comment below!