Tofu “Sashimi” Recipe

Tofu "Sashimi" Recipe - Tofu like you've never had it before, and it's AMAZING!While I have an aversion to treating tofu like something it’s not (i.e. the infamous Tofurky), I’m very happy to treat it like raw fish, like sashimi, if you will.

Tofu SashimiRaw tofu sliced super thinly, doused in warm, spicy Asian flavors is absolutely divine!  A fresh basil leaf between each slice of tofu adds a pop of brightness and makes for a simple and beautiful presentation.

Tofu SashimiI say give it a go this weekend!  It only takes 15 minutes!

P.S. Tofurky lovers, please don’t take offense  — it’s a personal thing. 😉

Tofu “Sashimi” Recipe
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Serves: Serves 4
  • ½ of a 1-pound block of extra firm tofu (see instruction no. 1)
  • A few dozen small, fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated garlic (about 2 small garlic cloves)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 finely chopped scallions, white portion only
  • Togarashi
  1. Remove the 1-pound block of tofu from its package and cut it in half, vertically. Put one half away for another time.
  2. Place a double layer of paper towels on a plate and place the tofu on top and then press all of its sides with another paper towel.
  3. Now lay 2 more paper towels on the counter and cut the tofu horizontally, into super thin slices, (About 1/16-inch thick), placing them in a single layer on one of the paper towels as you go.
  4. Once you've cut all of it, lay the second towel on top and very gently press down.
  5. Arrange the tofu slices on 4 appetizer plates, with a small basil leaf between them. Set aside.
  6. Add all of the remaining ingredients to small sauté pan and bring to a strong simmer. Then dividing it evenly, immediately pour it over the 4 portions of tofu slices, and serve. (You can also serve the sauce on the side and the tofu slices can be dipped into it.)
  7. Sprinkle the top with Togarashi.
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  1. says

    We are both big tofu fans – and has actually converted a few naysayers along the way. I love this simple preparation, too – and the flavors are pretty heavenly!

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