Cajun Spiced Tofu

2013-09-26
  • Yield : 8 slices
  • Servings : 2-3
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 40m

Spicy hot is a favorite flavor of mine and this dish serves it up and then some. History lesson, go back to the 1700s! The mix of flavors blended together to create cajun seasoning came from French immigrants who settled in eastern Canada, then called Acadia. They lived there for more than a hundred years before British colonialists forcefully deported them. Many settled in Louisiana, arriving impoverished and without means. They brought with them a culture rich in creative ways of cooking food (granted, most of that food was comprised of dead animals).

This recipe is spicy! Also, the pictures depict a level of clove action unseen in the modern world. Don’t do it. Just don’t. I used 8 tsp of cloves and that was the silliest thing ever. Mainly because my tongue went numb. The recipe I put up here is modified so that your tongue will not go numb either…in theory.

Because I am awesome, I am going to give you TWO WAYS to cook this tofu!

If you don’t have all these spices, only go out and buy them if you plan on using them frequently. Spices are notoriously expensive. Use what you got.

If you make this recipe and have suggestions on improving it, I’m game!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp ground clove
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • package of extra firm tofu (pressed if not vacuumed pack) sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 mango cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp of agave syrup
  • oil for cooking and brushing tofu

Method

Step 1

Mix all those spices together! Admire!

Step 2

Prep your tofu! Make sure as much moisture is pressed out of it as possible (stick it between napkins under a dictionary for an hour or so or get yourself a TofuXpress). Water is the #1 enemy of fried tofu lovers everywhere.

Step 3

Brush olive oil (or any good cooking oil) on all sides of the tofu. Dip into the spice mixture and coat on all sides.

Step 4

Option 1: Pre-heat oven to 425 and bake the tofu slices for 10-12 minutes or until browned. Option 2: Heat wok or pan to medium heat. Do not oil the pan. Cook the spiced tofu for 5-7 minutes on each side, until tofu is slightly browned.

Step 5

To make the mango topping, mix together the mango, cilantro, and agave. Plop it on the heated tofu and eat it with a smile.

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