Until I lived in China a few years ago, I had never eaten silken tofu as a cold, savory dish. Growing up, I ate countless dinners with braised silken tofu, prepared with dried shrimp, green onions, and my mother’s secret brown sauce. There was also the delectable Chinese dessert that my family ate occasionally (doufu hua/豆腐花), which is made only with silken tofu, water, and sugar. It never dawned on me to make a dish by simply throwing a block of silken tofu on a plate and adding some sauce and toppings.
As it turns out, that is one of the quick and easy dishes that many restaurants in China serve. These dishes usually pair tofu with a salty sauce, and the tofu does an excellent job of balancing out the flavors. Upon returning to the U.S., I knew I had to try and replicate those tofu dishes.
10-Minute Tofu Appetizer
Makes 2-3 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cooking Time: 5 minutes
- 1 12-ounce package of silken tofu (you can always use a larger package of tofu)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 stalk of green onions (green part only), finely chopped
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 1/2 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp rice vinegar (use more if you like the vinegar taste)
- cooking spray
- Remove the tofu from the package and onto a plate. Use a paper towel to wipe away any excess water.
- Sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds on top of the tofu.
- Coat a small sautee pan with cooking spray, and heat the pan over medium-high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, place the minced garlic in the pan and saute. Turn off the heat once the garlic starts to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
- In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar together. Add the sauteed garlic into the sauce.
- Drizzle sauce over the tofu.
- I like to saute the garlic before adding it to the sauce to take the bite out of the garlic. You can skip this step and just put the garlic straight in the sauce if you want.
- I’ve never tried this before, but you can also add a tiny bit of sugar to the sauce if you find it too salty.
Hope you enjoy eating this dish!