Grilled Tofu and Sauteed Asian GreensPressing excess moisture out of your tofu will increase its firmness and its ability to absorb the flavors of the marinade.

Yield: Makes 2 main-course servings

Ingredients of Grilled Tofu and Sauteed Asian Greens:

  • 14 ozs firm tofu (drained)
  • 14 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oil (Asian sesame)
  • 1 12 tsps dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 12 tsps peeled fresh ginger (finely grated)
  • 1 garlic clove (small, minced)
  • 14 tsp tabasco (or dried hot red pepper flakes)
  • 1 13 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 10 ozs greens (Asian, or baby spinach)

Directions for Grilled Tofu and Sauteed Asian Greens:

  1. Cut tofu crosswise into 6 slices. Arrange in 1 layer on a triple layer of paper towels and top with another triple layer of towels. Weight with a shallow baking pan or baking sheet and let stand 2 minutes. Repeat weighting with dry paper towels 2 more times.
  2. Stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, Tabasco, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a glass pie plate. Add tofu slices in 1 layer and marinate, turning over every couple of minutes, 8 minutes total.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Lift tofu from marinade with a slotted spatula (reserve marinade) and grill, turning over once carefully with spatula, until grill marks appear and tofu is heated through, 4 to 6 minutes total.
  4. While tofu grills, heat remaining teaspoon vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté greens, tossing with tongs, until beginning to wilt. Add reserved marinade and sauté, tossing, until greens are just wilted, about 1 minute. Lift greens from skillet with tongs, letting excess marinade drip off, and divide between 2 plates.
  5. Serve greens with tofu slices.