THAI FRYIN’ TOFU NOODLES

Published on: 09/20/2023
tofu, whole wheat pasta, in a peanut ginger sauce with fresh herbs
tofu, whole wheat pasta, in a peanut ginger sauce with fresh herbs

THAI FRYIN’ TOFU NOODLES

Tofu is an excellent addition to your plate, whether you are a regular meat eater or not. Tofu contains 10 grams of protein in a 3/4-cup serving, which makes it an awesome plant protein source. Tofu provides you with a boatload of nutrition including calcium, manganese, iron, and all the essential amino acids your body needs. Whether you are already a tofu lover or never got off the fence, give this tasty and simply nutty recipe a try!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Tofu Pressing 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound block of extra firm tofu
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup peanuts crushed
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 8 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti or udon or soba (gluten-free noodles)

PEANUT GINGER SAUCE

  • ¼ natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Garnish: extra sesame seeds and red pepper flakes if desired

Instructions
 

  • Press tofu either in a tofu press; or place on a clean kitchen towel on top and bottom of tofu block. Place a heavy pan on top (an iron cast skillet or pot is great; anything heavy). Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Whisk all the peanut sauce ingredients together in a deep bowl until combined. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Slice tofu into cubes. Sprinkle tofu with red pepper flakes and sesame seeds, stirring well to get on all sides.
  • Preheat the air fryer for about 2 minutes at 400 degrees. Lightly spray all sides of tofu and fry for about 8 minutes, stirring twice during cooking time.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and place in a serving bowl with prepared sauce, keeping warm.
  • Add tofu, crushed peanuts, and green onions. Stir well to combine. Garnish with peanuts, green onions, red pepper, and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve with a side salad or your favorite veggie. Makes 2 servings.

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