Irresistible Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki: A Flavor Explosion!

Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure with our Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki recipe. This dish is a true flavor explosion, bringing together the goodness of tofu, crisp broccoli, and a rich teriyaki sauce. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen newbie, this recipe is perfect for elevating your home-cooked meals. Let’s dive into the world of savory, sweet, and umami flavors!

Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki Recipes

Tofu And Broccoli Teriyaki
Golden cubes of crispy tofu, bathed in rich teriyaki sauce, await your indulgence.
Irresistible Tofu And Broccoli Teriyaki: A Flavor Explosion! 1

Sheet Pan Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki

Tofu and broccoli can be prepared up to one day ahead. Tofu should be cut into cubes and broccoli should be chopped into bite-sized florets. Once tofu is cooked, it should be placed on the baking sheet and stirred until evenly coated. The broccoli should be blanched in salted water until soft. Afterwards, the tofu and broccoli should be tossed with a tablespoon of teriyaki sauce.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dishes
Cuisine: French, Japanese
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: Broccoli, teriyaki, tofu
CookingStyle: Stir-frying
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 103kcal
Author: James Anderson
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Ingredients

Ingredients for the tofu:

Ingredients for the broccoli:

Ingredients for the teriyaki sauce:

Ingredients for serving:

  • Brown rice cooked

Instructions

  • Pat dry the tofu with a few paper towels. Slice into 5 pieces. Place onto a flat surface lined with a few paper towels. Cover with more paper towels. Top off with a cast iron skillet to weigh down. Allow to rest for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Transfer the tofu into a bowl. Add in 1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil,
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of arrowroot. Toss well to mix. Transfer onto the baking sheet.
  • In a bowl, add in the broccoli florets, 1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. Transfer onto the baking sheet around the tofu.
  • Place into the oven to bake for 25 minutes or until the tofu is golden. Remove and set aside.
  • In a saucepan set over medium to high heat, add in all of the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce. Whisk until mixed. Allow to come to a boil. Lower the heat to low. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick in consistency.
  • Add the tofu and broccoli into the teriyaki sauce. Toss well to mix.
  • Serve immediately with the brown rice.

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Notes

Tofu and broccoli should be browned on both sides. You can prepare the broccoli by frying it in a separate bowl. After frying, add the tofu and broccoli to the skillet. Pour in three to four tablespoons of water or vegetable broth. Once the tofu is cooked, cover with a lid and cook for three to four minutes. You should then drizzle the teriyaki sauce over the top of the broccoli and tofu.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

Alternative Method: Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki in an Air Fryer

 Tofu And Broccoli Teriyaki
A vibrant platter of tofu and broccoli teriyaki served over steamed jasmine rice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sake (or white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish
  • Cooked rice for serving

Instructions:

  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Start by preheating your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Prepare the Tofu: While the air fryer is heating, prepare the tofu. Ensure the tofu is pressed to remove excess moisture. You can do this by wrapping the tofu block in a clean kitchen towel and gently pressing it between two heavy objects for 15-20 minutes. Once pressed, cut the tofu into bite-sized cubes.
  • Make the Teriyaki Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, sake, brown sugar, grated ginger, and minced garlic. This will be your teriyaki sauce.
  • Coat Tofu and Broccoli: Place the tofu and broccoli florets in a large mixing bowl. Pour half of the teriyaki sauce over them and gently toss to coat evenly.
  • Air Fry the Tofu and Broccoli: Lightly grease the air fryer basket or tray. Arrange the tofu and broccoli in a single layer in the air fryer. Be sure not to overcrowd the basket; you may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook the First Batch: Air fry the tofu and broccoli at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket or tray halfway through to ensure even cooking. The tofu should become crispy, and the broccoli should be tender and slightly charred.
  • Prepare the Cornstarch Slurry: While the first batch is cooking, prepare a cornstarch slurry by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Stir until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Thicken the Sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the remaining teriyaki sauce over low heat. Once it begins to simmer, add the cornstarch slurry and stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Remove it from heat.
  • Finish Cooking and Glaze: When the first batch of tofu and broccoli is done, transfer it to a serving plate. Repeat the air frying process with the remaining tofu and broccoli.
  • Serve: Drizzle the thickened teriyaki sauce over the crispy tofu and broccoli. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Serve hot over cooked rice.

Tips for making Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki

Tofu And Broccoli Teriyaki
Tofu and broccoli teriyaki transforms into a mouthwatering salad with mixed greens.

Cooking Tips

  • Press Your Tofu: One of the secrets to crispy tofu is removing excess moisture. Be sure to press your tofu well before cubing it. This allows the tofu to absorb more of the delicious teriyaki sauce and prevents it from becoming soggy.
  • Use Firm Tofu: Opt for firm or extra-firm tofu varieties. They hold their shape better during air frying and absorb the flavors more effectively.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Basket: To ensure even cooking and crispiness, avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Cook your tofu and broccoli in batches if needed.
  • Keep an Eye on Cooking Time: Air fryers can vary, so keep an eye on the first batch to determine the optimal cooking time for your specific model. You want the tofu to be crispy and the broccoli tender with slight char.
  • Customize the Teriyaki Sauce: Feel free to adjust the teriyaki sauce to your taste. You can add a touch of honey for sweetness or a dash of sriracha for some heat.

Serving Suggestions

Tofu And Broccoli Teriyaki
Learn to balance savory and sweet with our tofu and broccoli teriyaki recipe.

Recommend Sides:

  • Steamed Jasmine Rice: Serve your Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki over a bed of steamed jasmine rice for a classic pairing. The rice soaks up the teriyaki sauce beautifully.
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables: Prepare a side of stir-fried vegetables, such as bell peppers, carrots, and snap peas, for added color and texture.
  • Miso Soup: A bowl of warm miso soup complements the flavors of teriyaki and adds depth to your meal.
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Garnishes:

  • Sesame Seeds: A sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds not only adds a delightful crunch but also enhances the nutty flavor profile.
  • Chopped Green Onions: Freshly chopped green onions provide a mild oniony kick and a burst of color.
  • Thinly Sliced Red Chili: For those who enjoy a hint of spice, garnish with thinly sliced red chili peppers.

Beverages:

  • Green Tea: A cup of hot or iced green tea pairs perfectly with the savory teriyaki flavors.
  • Sake: For an adult beverage choice, consider a glass of sake or a light white wine.

Different Ways to Serve:

  • Teriyaki Rice Bowl: Create a satisfying rice bowl by layering steamed rice, your Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki, and garnishes in a bowl.
  • Teriyaki Tofu Wrap: Stuff your teriyaki tofu and broccoli into a whole-grain tortilla with fresh greens for a delicious wrap.
  • Teriyaki Salad: Toss your teriyaki creation with mixed greens, cucumber, and avocado for a refreshing salad.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki

Tofu And Broccoli Teriyaki.
Elevate your meal with a glass of sake alongside your tofu and broccoli teriyaki.
  • Can I use frozen broccoli? Yes, you can use frozen broccoli in a pinch. Thaw it before air frying, and pat it dry to avoid excess moisture.
  • How long can I store leftovers? Store leftover Tofu and Broccoli Teriyaki in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer or oven for the best results.
  • Can I use tofu substitutes like tempeh or seitan?Absolutely! Tempeh and seitan are great alternatives if you’re not a fan of tofu. Adjust the cooking time as needed.
  • What if I don’t have mirin or sake? You can substitute mirin with a 1:1 ratio of rice vinegar and sugar. For sake, use dry sherry or white wine.
  • How can I make it gluten-free? Use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari and ensure any other condiments (like mirin) are gluten-free.

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I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.

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