Tamari tofu with green beans

Work lunches have been a bit of a mish mash of leftovers and things that needed to be used up this week, but I did make this lovely tofu to add a bit of interest!
It’s inspired by Korean soy braised tofu, which Alex and I were watching recipes for on YouTube recently.
We were particularly taken by the fact that none of the recipes we saw pressed the tofu before frying!
So here I’ve baked the tofu until browned and then spooned the tamari mix around it for the last ten minutes of cooking, also adding green beans so they wrinkle and intensify in flavour. The texture is lovely, a little crispy, a little chewy, and very satisfying!


Tamari tofu with green beans

makes 4 servings

400 g tofu, sliced into 0.5 to 1 cm thick squares
4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
4 tbsp tamari
4 tbsp water
1 tsp dried ramsons or 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
a pinch of black pepper
150 g green beans

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees c.
Put the oil in a roasting tin and pop it in the oven to heat up, for 5 minutes or so.
When the oil is hot add the tofu slices and then bake for 30 minutes. Steam the green beans until just tender, I did mine in the microwave for 3 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into 3 cm lengths.
Turn the tofu and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the tamari, water, ramsons and black pepper.
Take the tofu from the oven and spoon the tamari mixture around the tofu slices.
Scatter the green beans over the top. Pop back into the oven for 10 minutes.

By E.

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