Teriyaki Stir Fry Vegetables with Marinated Tofu on Basmati Rice.

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Teriyaki Stir Fry Vegetables with Marinated Tofu on Basmati Rice.

This is what you’ll need:

– extra firm tofu
– onion
– green peppers
– mushrooms
– celery
– scallions
– basmati rice
– soy sauce
– garlic
– ginger
– sesame seeds
– sesame oil
– vegetable oil

First you need to drain your tofu and press in layered paper towels. Try to remove as much moisture as possible. Then cut tofu to be about the size of a domino. After they are cut you can use more paper towels to get out even more moisture, this will ensure that it soaks up all the marinade well.

Make the marinade out of a few tablespoons of soy sauce, vegetable oil, a splash of sesame oil, the white parts of the scallions (save the greens for garnish at the end), minced ginger and garlic. Add the tofu and let this all sit for around 3 hours before cooking.

While you are waiting, you can prep your other veggies. Cut the mushrooms, onion, peppers, and celery into bite sized pieces. When the tofu is done marinating, remove from the sauce and prep a bowl of corn starch and a pan of vegetable oil to cook the tofu in. Save the marinade for the stir fry. Heat a layer of olive oil in the medium pan on medium high heat to fry the tofu in, it’ll need to cover half of the tofu so you can flip during the process to cook evenly. You’ll need a small bowl to put the corn starch in. You take each piece of tofu and dredge in the corn starch, then add to the oil. It only takes 1-2 minutes per side, use tongs to flip, when they are done put them on a plate with a paper towel to catch extra grease. Don’t over crowd your pan and take your time. Overcrowding will mess with the temperature of the oil and how even they cook. At the same time cook a pot of basmati rice and heat a large pan for the veggies. Add the vegetable oil and the veggies to the large pan to cook, don’t add the sauce until it’s all softened and slightly charred. When the veggies and tofu are done, plate the stir fry vegetables on the rice and the tofu on top. Do not add the tofu to the pan of veggies so they stay crispy. Garnish with scallion greens and sesame seeds and enjoy!

-Alyssa Ortega

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